2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Wake Up USA

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel - Consumer Review

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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


The VW Beetle TDI diesel, pervasive in Europe due
to really high fuel costs and forward looking
regulations, is a pleasure to drive, easy to maintain
and much less stressful at the pump than a
comparable gas burner. The high torque (and low
rpm's) of the TDI makes it quiet and powerful on
the highway while demonstrating the hill climbing
strengths of a goat. And burning high cetane, low
sulfur fuel or better yet a 20% blend of biodiesel,
keeps the emissions low. In 18 months and 34K
miles, my TDI Beetle has performed flawlessly and
has been a hoot to drive past a bus load of school
kids instigating a punch buggy frenzy!

Best Features

Fuel economy, fun to drive, quality build 10K mis between service visits.

Worst Features

The sunvisors are useless as side visors. It needs more cupholders!
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