2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Broken Dreams

2002 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Broken Dreams
By ashellris on


2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


When VW re-released the Beetle in '98, I had found my dream car.
I was 15 at the time, about to get my license and sent away to VW for an information packet that I used in a presentation for my parents in hopes of receiving one.
Needless to say; it didn't happen- Until 2005 when I purchased a used 2002 VW Beetle. I purchased the car for $15k and have since put at least $8k into it (Not including maintenance).
The check engine light is always on, and repairs are never ending and expensive.
I was able to get almost 400 mi per tank when I bought it; now I get just under 300 mi. This has nothing to do with neglect, this was my dream car.
Be prepared for expensive repairs with any VW.

Best Features

Bud Vase, Outside Temperature Gauge, Deep Dashboard, Seats, Leg Room, Monsoon Sound System, Head Room, Handles Well, Surprisingly Good in Slippery Road Conditions (ie: Snow, but not too deep)

Worst Features

A more reliable vehicle, less expensive parts and labor, better placed oil pan (not so low to the ground)
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