By Anne on
2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Great fun to drive and decent mileage. After driving a Mazda Rx-7 for 15 years, the backseat of the VW convertible looks roomy to me. Unfortunately getting in the back seat can be a problem. The handle to lift up, which causes the front seat to push forward allowing entry to the rear is designed so most people attempt to pull it out before lifting it up. The handle then breaks off. One of the handles had to be fixed before I took delivery of the car, and then has broken twice since then (even after total replacement), before I could warn people to "lift" the handle and not to pull it out. The "retro" look is great!
Love the manual transmission and ease of putting down the convertible top.
Change the handle pushing the front seats forward to gain entry to the back seat. Either make it stronger or redesign it as a lever instead of a handle. The top sometimes sticks in putting the convertible top down. Keep the retro look, add a silver door strip to prevent dings to sides of car.