2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Too many defects

2002 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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

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Too many defects
By mixuone on


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


This is my second Beetle and probably my last VW ever. Don't get me wrong, if VW had acknowledged the defects early enough I would still consider another VW after this lease runs out next year. This Beetle had the sensor problem twice and I even filed a Lemon Law report with the state of Massachusetts. VW miraculously fixed the problem before the Lemon Law deadline even though the part was supposed to be on back order for two months. Now I have a leak and the whole floor is soaked. They tell me that water leaks are not covered even though the dealership acknowledged that there was no way for me to know if the sunroom drain tube was clogged. It is not anywhere in the manual.

Best Features

The turbo engine.

Worst Features

The stereo gets horrible reception and a CD player should be standard by now. Please acknowledge defects before people get so frustrated they give up on VW. There is too much info on the Internet these days to hide obvious defects.
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