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Blast from the past
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By Kathi
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I have only owned 1 previous VW. It was in 1968. I wanted a new one every since I saw the new design. They just keep getting better. The gas isn't what it use to be, but the quality out weighs that. What a pleasure to have this automobile. Driving it is so much fun. The only thing that I didn't get when I bought it was the wind stopper. Other then that I wouldn't have any other car. I picked the black over the silver convertible because it seemed so rich looking. It is everything I ever could have imagined. I love this car!


Best Features

The convertible of course. Next would be the steering. This little bug just hugs the corners so well it is incredible.


Worst Features

None that I can think of at this time.


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Love it!
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By woodog
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Great car for the money. I was driving a suburban for the last 6 years and decided I wanted a car. NOthing tickled my fancy quite like the convertible bug! Not quite impressed with the stereo though.


Best Features

Everything! Love that turbo!


Worst Features

Get rid of that annoying seat belt dinging!!! If I choose to not wear my seatbelt I have having to be forced to listen to that dinging! Also, the VW emblem on the steering wheel is easily scratched....and the only way to replace it is to buy a whole new airbag system...ridiculous!


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good fun
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By Anne
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Great fun to drive and decent mileage. After driving a Mazda Rx-7 for 15 years, the backseat of the VW convertible looks roomy to me. Unfortunately getting in the back seat can be a problem. The handle to lift up, which causes the front seat to push forward allowing entry to the rear is designed so most people attempt to pull it out before lifting it up. The handle then breaks off. One of the handles had to be fixed before I took delivery of the car, and then has broken twice since then (even after total replacement), before I could warn people to "lift" the handle and not to pull it out. The "retro" look is great!


Best Features

Love the manual transmission and ease of putting down the convertible top.


Worst Features

Change the handle pushing the front seats forward to gain entry to the back seat. Either make it stronger or redesign it as a lever instead of a handle. The top sometimes sticks in putting the convertible top down. Keep the retro look, add a silver door strip to prevent dings to sides of car.


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Stay Away from the New Beetle TDI
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By Surface
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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2003 5-Speed TDI. My expectations of VW quality have been all shut down. This is the worst new car purchased. 2 year old car that needs repairs all the time. Things that should work for years to come break, for example the gas cap release mechanism is a part of a large list of things. Gas milage of this vehicle is great, but what others do not tell you is that maintenance required for this car is horrible, Timing Belt Change every 40K miles required. Parts Sales person from VW told me that all the money you save on gas milage are spent on either repair or maintenance [TDIs mostly]. Have you checked VW reliability ratings? Search the web,you will be surprised that VW is in the Daewoo region!


Best Features

Gas Milage, Very tourque car.


Worst Features

Rear Seats headroom and angle of back rest. Timing Belt change intervals are way to frequent. VW dealer knowledge of their own cars is not impressive. Quality of dealer repair work is poor. I found dropped tools in my engine bay when I changed oil. Parts and Labor pricing is way overpriced.


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Fun, fun, fun
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By Brenda Siewert
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I was looking for a great convertible that would be reliable transportation. This VW convertible never fails to turn heads and get a smile from everyone. We flew to Nashville, TN to pick it up and drove it back to Austin, TX. For 2 over 50 baby-boomers, it was a surprisingly smooth ride home. Very impressed with the power top and pep of the 2.0 liter automatic. It's a second car that's a fun weekend driver, but a very small area for luggage and other passengers. Worth the money. VW is a great automobile.


Best Features

Power top. Monsoon sound system. Aquarius Blue color. Great style.


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