2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Reliable Engine, Cheap Interio

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLS Convertible (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Reliable Engine, Cheap Interior Finishes
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


I am generally happy with the reliability of my VW engine but am disappointed with the quality of the interior fittings. The Front Power Window mechanism (was faulty) broke several times when the car was nearly new and had to be replaced with re- designed motors and chains (very expensive if car is out of warranty) The rear power window mechanism breaks often and is expensive to repair.....The Car overall is beautifully designed and finished on the outside, has very comfortable front seats, and has a quiet, smooth, stable ride with a well appointed dashboard and easy-to use controls. Automatic transmission started to jerk & stick at slow speeeds > 75,000 miles...Keys cost > 350$ to replace

Best Features

The beautiful classic, curvaceous Beetle profile and high quality exterior paint finish. In addition to the engine, The AC is good, cold and reliable.

Worst Features

Manual crank windows should be available, and a regular, simple, re- buildable automatic transmission should be available instead of the Tiptronic auto-manual transmission which costs 6,000$ to replace!
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