2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: RUN!!! Don't walk away

2002 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
RUN!!! Don't walk away
By Shane-in-FL on


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


Reliability issues have been
prevelant ever since it was
reintroduced in '98. The window
regulator issue was present from '98-
'02 and coilpack failure plagued turbo
model cars from '00-'03. I had my car
just two weeks when it failed to start
after the starter selenoid shorted
out. I don't expect such problems from
a car that holds a MSRP of $20,900. I
suggest people who are considering a
Beetle as their next car to closely
look at the Acura RSX(~S),Mercedes C230
Coupe, or Mazda 6 just to name a few.
The market for used Beetles is HORRIBLE!

Best Features

Heated seats, peppiness of the turbo when not experiencing turbo lag, and headroom for exceptionally tall people.

Worst Features

Ditch the speed activated spoiler: It scares passengers,the interior needs extensive work.(Boost guage, temperature guage, better dash design, better quality sound system with the Monsoon package, and give the car a much needed exterior facelift.
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