2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Yet another lemon New Beetle

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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

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Yet another lemon New Beetle
By onclewillie on


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


The worst VW I have ever owned.
Hideous number of electrical problems with multiple trips to the dealer for air bags, engine indicator lights, turn signals and so on.
Transmission died a few miles from expiration.
I actually pulled to the side of the road, called the dealer on my cellular phone and reported the problem and gave them the mileage a told them the problem occurred UNDER warranty.
The timing belt broke, roughly a 300 buck fix, but it took out all but 2 valves.
Cost over 3,000 to put back on the road and then more problems with the exhaust and gaskets.
Now the turbo makes a funny, and not ha-ha, noise and I am looking at my fourth set of tires.

Will never own another VW.

Best Features

When it runs, and that is far too little of the time, it is just a blast to drive. Handles well and the turbo takes me up through the mountain passes as fast as any car on the road.

Worst Features

Reliability, reliability, reliability. Hire someone from Toyota to handle the quality control. There is no excuse for such shoddy engineering and assembly.
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