2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Lemon

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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By dfalasch on


2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


The top broke within the first three
months, stuck open, less than 2,000
miles. It took 3 tries for the
dealership to fix it, and still not
sure if it is fixed for good. The
windows were part of a recall (clamps
loosened so they added adhesive post
production). Never got the recall
notice, but the windows rattled so bad
it sounded like it was falling apart.
The last time I got the car back they
misaligned the driver side window so
that is hits the stops and makes a
clunk. In addition, the windows still
all rattle like the car was put
together with Elmers glue. VW has a
history of window problems. The sound
system makes a loud hissing sound.

Best Features

Only one more time to fix the car and it will be lemoned, then I can get rid of it and get something else. It may be cute, but it does not make up for the time it is in the shop, or the hollow feeling in your stomach every time you enter the car wondering what will break next.

Worst Features

Build a car that works. Based on my searching owner sites, it appears that these problems are systematic. Just look at the number of recalls on these poorly built cars.
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