2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Hate This Bug: Buyer Beware

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Hate This Bug: Buyer Beware
By ekl on


2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


This was the car I always wanted. Although parts of the first two years of ownership were fun, overall this is the worst purchase I have ever made. I will NEVER buy another Volkswagen! I've owned this car for 4 1/2 years. In the last year, my bug has been towed into the dealership 3 times because it will not start, and I've shelled out $3,000 in repairs. I've had the seat handles replaced multiple times, the trunk will not open on the first try, the headlights short out constantly, etc. To date, I've had the following replaced: throttle body ($800), front airbag sensor ($450), alternator ($500), windshield ($350), front grill ($500). I know the bug is very cute, but don't buy this car!

Best Features

Bright green color, sun roof, heated cloth seats

Worst Features

Handles on front seats that do not break constantly, better designed front grill (breaks very easily), trunk that opens on the first try, seats that recline easily.
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