2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: I would not recommend this car

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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I would not recommend this car.
By SAM# on


2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


This car to me is very much not worth
the money. There are way too many
problems with the car as you can read on
the other forums here in edmunds. I
have had mine for four months and
overall am not happy with it. The
automatic transmission is not good at
all - horrible shifting at all the wrong
times. Cruise control is the worst I've
used on any car. At cruseing speed the
engine whines at a most annoying pitch
also. MANY problems with the Beetle and
check engine lights, airbag lights,
power windows not working correctly,
motors on the hatch not working with
many other problems. This is not a one
car problem, so watch what you buy.

Best Features

I do like the ABS, it works very well so far and yes, I have had to use it - twice! The factory MP3 playing CD player is also good for my use. Handling of the car and no major rattling of the interior.

Worst Features

FIX the cruise and the automatic transmission! Also quality control must be very bad for so many cars back to thier delarship withen two months of purchase. I used to like VWs but now I'm too scared to try again.
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