2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: half and half not creme de la

2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback - Consumer Review

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half and half not creme de la creme
By gypcbug on


2002 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


My VW was a celebratory purchase after I pd off a 5yr on a "conservative grey" sedan. Happy "new" car for my new home. Luckily, I kept the boring car too. The VW served me well becoming my primary vehicle including a long job commute. Its great for road trips as mpg is great. The fun factor is huge. The exterior looks new even @ 123K. I needed a catalytic converter @ 80K w/a cost of $1200. The trans slips & I was quoted $3K. She will be parked non-op while I live w/my monthly payment. The interior falls apart in plastic chunks, all cup holders are gone & my door pull fell off. The rt window sticks & the trunk latch catches. The air bag light has never been off. Overheating,Oil guzzling baby.

Best Features

I bought it for the retro rounded attractive looks & as mentioned, the car still looks new. I have driven the heck out of this car so I can not complain. I am disappointed with the cheap interior plastics. Fun to drive, easy parking, convenient around town, great cargo space in that little trunk.

Worst Features

Interior plastics, wish I could have better monitored the transmission fluid with out a mechanic...I always replenish this on my own with other vehicles. Electrical is wacky. Cupholder Design is poor.
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