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Review I bought this car from a family member with only 16K miles and it was garage kept. It's a 2.0 convertible with automatic. I can't begin to say how cheaply built this car is and VW should be ashamed of this product. The structure of this car creaks and moans over smooth roads. The driver's door handle (plastic) was cracked and this cracked the entire door panel. Replacements are hard to find and expensive. I got a new door panel and got metal door handles from ebay. The driver's door latch switch broke. This needed an entire latch and the switch lowers the window when opening and closing the door. Without this switch say goodbye to the top. So I did this myself. Then the rear plastics all cracked. Then the flaps to cover the top frame broke and the top wouldn't move so I took them off to fix it. Then the rear window separated from the canvas. I repaired the rear glass to save me the $2500 for a new top. Once I had this fixed, then the rear driver's window regulator broke. I took this to my friend and he fixed it for $300, but then the power top broke. So I disabled the power top and do it by hand since I'm done fixing stuff on this car. So it's fate is destined to be the in junkyard, but for now it's just rolling junk waiting for it's destiny. All of these repairs are on a low mileage, well maintained car. Other driving impressions- it drives like a cheap economy car. Braking is good. Acceleration is below average. Transmission and engine are still working for some reason. Structure is poor as I described above. Interior storage is average. rear seat room is tight. Paint is good. 30MPG highway. I can not recommend this car under any circumstances even if it's given to you for free. It is very poorly over-engineered. Parts quality is very poor. Construction quality is poor with cheap brittle plastic and weak adhesives holding things together. Parts cost is very high and availability is poor as it may need to be shipped from Germany. So nothing here to see-keep looking.
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What options are available on the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle?
Available Volkswagen New Beetle 2004 Submodel Types: Hatchback, Convertible, Diesel
Available Trims: GLS, 2.5, 2.5L, GL, GLS 1.8T, S, 2.5L PZEV, GLS TDI, GL 1.8T, 2.5 PZEV, SE PZEV, GLX 1.8T, TDI, 2.5L Final Edition PZEV, 2.5L Red Rock Edition PZEV, Base, S PZEV, SE, Triple White, Turbo S
Exterior Colors: Black, Aquarius Blue , Reflex Silver Metallic, Salsa Red, Sunflower Yellow, Platinum Gray Metallic, Gecko Green, Reflex Silver, Candy White, Harvest Moon Beige, Galactic Blue Metallic, Yellow, Dark Blue, Gecko Green Metallic, Heaven Blue Metallic , Mellow Yellow, Red Uni, Uni Black, Uni Red, Batik Blue Metallic, Campanella White, Cyber Green, Cyber Green Metallic, Laser Blue, Platinum Gray, Riviera Blue Pearl, Silver, Aquarius Blue, Blue Lagoon Metallic, Campanella, Candy White , Green Metallic, Luna Green, Red, Red Rock, Shadow Blue, Silver Metalic, Techno Blue Pearl Metallic, White