2002 Volkswagen Beetle User Reviews

2002 Volkswagen Beetle Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 30 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"small space" 4 reviews
"seat" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews
"turbo" 2 reviews

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yellowbug writes:
2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T Review
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4

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I love the handling and maneuverability of the new beetle.  It is quick and zippy in and around town and easy to park.  But it is also very comfortable for road trips.  Cargo hold is bigger than you'd think especially with back seats folded down

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Back seat not comfortable for adults for long rides but around town it's ok for 4

yellowbug
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Cute And Sporty — I've loved this car to commute to school and work. It was easy to drive and park and I always felt safe. It was also so easy to find in a parking lot with the bright yellow paint. I just recently drove up to Big Bear and was stunned at the power I had to climb the hills and maneuver the turns. At this point I need a bigger automobile so sadly, it's time to trade it i

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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PJChilds writes:
2002 Volkswagen Beetle Sport Review
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Fun to drive, great seats, great brakes, lots and lots of highway go power.  Gets lots of compliments after six years.

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Mileage could be better (it's a turbo thing), poor design causes the driver seat to wear out on the outside edge, car washes can be mean to the silver wheel paint.

PJChilds
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New Beetle Sport, Still Fun After Six Years And Counting. — In the fall of 2002 I decided to downsize from my Lincoln MkVIII. I was really looking for a Subaru WRX when I spotted my Reflex Silver New Beetle Sport on the lot. The Sport model features the 150 HP version of the 1.8T (Volkswagen/Audi) engine and is absolutely loaded with all the options (except auto trans) and has unique 17 inch wheels which feature body-color trim inserts. This car is very much what you could call a "sleeper" because on the road the only outward sign of performance potential is the automatic rear spoiler, which pops up at over 45 mph. A peak under the fuel cap will show two recommended tire pressure ranges, for sustained speeds of less than 100 mph and over 100 mph. I had considered trading up to the 170 hp Turbo model, or the more powerful Audi TT, but have found for $1,400 and about six hours of greasy fingers and busted knuckles I can upgrade the turbo and re-flash the ROM to end up with about 270 hp. I would also recommend putting on a set of Bridgestone RE 960 AS tires. They're awesome in all kinds of weather.

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Patrick writes:
2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0 Review
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4

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Speed
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Heat
AC
Butt Warmers
Sunroof
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15.58 gallon gasoline tank

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No manual tranny
only 100 HP
only V4
not much seat space

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I Can Get Going Really Fast — The automatic transmission of 4 gears is really built well. I love how the brakes and the engine never have any problems in the winter. I love how the car warms up really quick, and I am pretty sure it is this GLS 2.0 series, all i know is it is a 2.0 series

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P5FJG5 writes:
2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDi Review
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5

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Yay! It's paid for! Insurance is very reasonable and performance is equally balanced with awesome fuel economy!  

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none really-it would be even greater as a Cabriolet..Power Sun roof will have to suffice for now ;)

P5FJG5
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Nicest 2002 Vw Beetle Tdi In Louisiana! — Great vehicle to bypass by the gas pumps! It is sporty, distinctive and German-engineered transportation full of personality. This machine offers great visibility to surrounding traffic! I've kept up on the maintenance and I am proud to call this Beetle TDI my own! I do not hesitate to travel cross country in this beauty!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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MRLYTNIN writes:
2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T Review
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Great on gas.  Quick and nimble both around town and on the highway.  Lo0ts of room for driver and passenger-my BF is 6'3" and fits great!

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Smallish trunk..

MRLYTNIN
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Sexy Silver Beetle Turbo!! — Great car for long commutes on the highway, or just running errands around town. Uses Super unleaded gas only, but rewards you with a surprising amount of performance! Very comfy and plush leather seats. Chose this car over more expensive badges just because of it's sheer fun to drive without the high price!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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dandamanda writes:
2002 Volkswagen Beetle Sport Review
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Awesome power and handling, beautiful interior and exterior. Brakes are excellent and long lasting. Fun to drive. Love the spoiler. Very strong engine that lasts. Smooth ride, starts easily in cold weather. Excellent stereo system, all the bells and whistles. Lots of room for a small car. Gas mileage is reasonable since it's small. Great city car. Body is rugged and resistant to rust.

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Hates bumps--the sport suspension is very stiff and terrible on rural roads. Low to the ground which can also be a problem. Very costly to maintain, especially replacement of body parts like front end, suspension, etc. Check engine light and other console lights come and go frequently. Parts are rather expensive, and something is almost always broken! Rear seats don't have a lot of room.

dandamanda
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Sporty City Car, High Maintenance And Not A Commuter — Overall, not good for rural areas, dirt roads, bumpy roads, frost heaves, etc. Better for sporty, fun rides on flawlessly maintained roads. Fun to drive and will last a long time, but not without lots of repairs and maintenance which can be expensive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Katee writes:
2002 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S Review
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fast fast

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I sold it.

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My Fave Car Thus Far... — Review? Read the specs right off the line...fastest Beetle made (or available) in the USA, 180hp stock, torque is 174, 6 speed manual tranny, heated seats and mirrors, 17"rims with p225/45/17. Body is modeled after the Beetle cup race cars, and only 5000 made in US in 4 different colors. Great fun!! Wish I still had it :-(

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kendall writes:
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Color, Comfort

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No turbo in this model

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2002 New Beetle Gls - Slugbug Awesomeness — This is probably the most fun car I've ever had. While the 2.sl0 engine isn't the peppiest without a turbo, it certainly can get up and go when it needs to. The best thing - it is so incredibly roomy for the driver and passenger.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brenna writes:
2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T Review
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very safe, handles like a dream

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few too many bugs

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Not Too Shabby At All — For some reason, it has its good days and bad days. Braking still is amazing, handles like a beauty. Build quality, have had a few things go wrong. Various electrical problems. Appearance, black exterior, black leather/ cream custom interior Cost, easy on gas, very easy to maintain...so long as its not an electrical problem Fun factor. my personal road legal go cart

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amy41370 writes:
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Heated seats! Good on gas, lots of storage cargo room, over all fun car.

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Have had issues like a hazard switch that went bad three times now in two years.  It's a $35 part but clearly should have been recalled.  Had an EPC switch that troubled me twice as well but that has been fixed.  Little things like that.  I guess the only reason for me that would keep me from buying another one is dealing with the dealership here where I live.  They are nasty and even service centers hate to get parts for me from them.  Otherwise I say get a beetle you'll have fen and look good doing it!

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Fun, Nice Looking, And Sporty! — I love this car. I have had a few issue with it, most of which were still under warranty at the time, but over all I have driven Honda before and this car handles MUCH better and just feels like a nicer car. That being said if you don't get the sport package then you are missing out.

Owner for 5 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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2009 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews

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