2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: 2002 New Beetle GLX Turbo

2002 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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2002 New Beetle GLX Turbo
By Stephanie Ross on


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


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

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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