2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Maintenance is too High!

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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

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Maintenance is too High!
By jt on


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


The car is beautiful and drives
beautifully, however the cost of simple
things like brake jobs is too high and
it is always a battle to get "Warranty"
work done. The dealership claims that
simple brake pads cost me $172.00 just
for the pads for the front of the car.
I was quoted over $400.00 just to
replace the pads for the front of the
car. I think that is inappropriate for
a supposed economy car. Read below as
well about the two times I have been

Best Features

The car is just plain fun to drive.

Worst Features

There is some problem with the switch that lets the transmission know that the brake is engaged so that the car can be shifted into drive. Twice I have been stranded in the middle of no where with a car that would not go into drive and had to have a very expensive towing and took a week to fix!
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