2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Lemon

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible - Consumer Review

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By dfalasch on


2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


The top broke within the first three months, stuck open, less than 2,000 miles. It took 3 tries for the dealership to fix it, and still not sure if it is fixed for good. The windows were part of a recall (clamps loosened so they added adhesive post production). Never got the recall notice, but the windows rattled so bad it sounded like it was falling apart. The last time I got the car back they misaligned the driver side window so that is hits the stops and makes a clunk. In addition, the windows still all rattle like the car was put together with Elmers glue. VW has a history of window problems. The sound system makes a loud hissing sound.

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Only one more time to fix the car and it will be lemoned, then I can get rid of it and get something else. It may be cute, but it does not make up for the time it is in the shop, or the hollow feeling in your stomach every time you enter the car wondering what will break next.

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Build a car that works. Based on my searching owner sites, it appears that these problems are systematic. Just look at the number of recalls on these poorly built cars.
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