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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback

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Nice but lots of trips to the Dealer
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By jpbdds
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback Turbo S 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Nice car to drive. However, has been
to the VW dealer four times in the two
months I have owned it. MIL for gas
cap. Replace knock sensor. Change
rear interior panel to eliminate
rattle/squeak. Door lock/interior
light problem that is hard to track
down - may require several trips to
find the problem. Dealer is responsive
but it is a hassle to keep going back
so often.


Best Features

Leather seats - comfort. Handling. Responsive motor.


Worst Features

Quiet operation of spoiler. Automatic lights responsive to outside lighting. Make center armrest more like convertibles.


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Artificially Sweet
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By Artificially Sweet
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Do not buy this car unless you love
going to the repair shop. My BUG
was “Artificially Sweet”. With-in the
last five months my old car has been in
the shop three times for the same
reason– will not start, always some
starter problem. VW has decided to
build the complete car in Mexico where
QA is not the most important thing, but
cost is. VW cars are a good example of
poor QA. The car has been in the shop
about 7 to 8 times for some “BUG”
problem with-in the last two years. I
just hate coming out of a restaurant,
get into my new car and have the car
not start. No more little kids seeing
my car and playing the “punch game”.


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All the little stuff add up.
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By Beth Cloud
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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For a car that is only two years old I
expected a lot more. For example, my
engine fails every other time I drive
it in the morning, I have a
continual "cocaine" blinker, the
window broke and wouldn't go up, the
door clicker only works now on the
drivers side, the trunk "blocker"
persay just broke off, the clock
resets itself everytime the
car "stalls" but I have an automatic,
the armrest broke off, need I go on?
And the worst part of this whole thing
is when I go to get all of these
fixed, the Volkswagen dealership
claims that nothing is wrong with the
car. There's a reason why the
Volkswagen dealership garage is ALWAYS
busy!


Best Features

absolutely love this car. Well I love the turbo kick, the style of the car, the heated butt seat, the size of the car and that's about all I can think of now.


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VW 2002
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By mistyautumn
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Love the car, however had a problem
with both automatic windows...the clips
had to be replaced.


Best Features

Compact size of the car/roomy interior.


Worst Features

Had a problem with both automatic windows...needed to be fixed by the dealer. Radio paused before switching stations...ended up installing a different radio.


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2002 New Beetle GLX Turbo
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By Stephanie Ross
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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I was interested in this car because
of the retro design and the
performance of the turbo engine. It's
an eye-turner car; however, I've been
having continual problems with this
Beetle. With less than 30K miles, I
went through two transmissions, new
A/C unit, and defective power windows
(suddenly fell inside door and
broke). I'm not impressed with VW and
was really disappointed with this
car. It's not reliable and I'm
anxious to sell it before the warranty
expires!


Best Features

I like the design of the car and the handling around corners...terrific tires!


Worst Features

The turbo has considerable lag. Cup holders have a poor design/location. Transmission is very slow to engage (I'll roll backwards 5-10 feet in drive before it'll engage and go forward). Needs more head room in the back seat for adults & better side mirrors due to terrible blind spots.


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