2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: My Turbo

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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My Turbo
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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


A few too many recalls for windows &
electrical. But the service from the
dealership has been great. When looking
at this and other cars, I was looking
for something fun to drive and I had to
stay under a $50K budget. There were no
other requirements. This was one of the
most exciting to drive and it came in
at less then half the budget. The gas
mileage might not what you'd expect,
but I can handle 27 city, 31 hwy. Don't
get this one with an automatic, what
fun is that!

Best Features

Speed and acceleration. This car might be the ultimate sleeper. Steering is very tight and responsive. Ever pull up next to a 911 at 140mph, me and the Beetle have.

Worst Features

Even though this car has a front mounted water-cooled engine and front wheel drive with limited slip, the front end gets a little loose when you give it some gas.
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