2004 Volkswagen Beetle User Reviews

2004 Volkswagen Beetle Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 16 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 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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"ride" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
"beautiful car" 2 reviews
CONS
"space" 2 reviews
"seat" 2 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews

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emilyroseh02 writes:
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L Review
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sunroof.

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repairs

emilyroseh02
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This Little Bug Will Only Break Your Heart. — This car was my dream car when I bought it, but now it is just a money sucker. I have put in the same amount in repairs as I put in to purchase it and all of the problems are still not fixed. Breaks needed replaced. The air pump, timing chain, throttle control, and ignition coil have all died while I was driving it and gave no warning as to when those would happen. Mechanics would say the car is fine and then one thing after the other would happen. The car has been in the shop at least 8 times in the past two months. All the dealers that fix it charge way too much since it is a foreign car. While this car is cute and fun to drive, it is absolutely not worth the repairs. Never buying VW again.

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Nicolette writes:
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L Convertible Review
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5

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Cute, good on gas

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Rear light pops out, no trunk space and little space for more than 2 passengers

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Best Car For New Driver! — I love my car. It is very easy to use and I feel comfortable driving it. The only problem I have had with it was that the rear light is constantly popping out and it does not have a fast enough pick up, if you try gunning it when your in a problem, its very scary. Rarely ever fill it. But there is NO trunk space or space for more than 2 passengers unless they are under the age of 6!

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Deanne writes:
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Review
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Cute, great gas mileage, great performance, and really fun to drive

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none

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My Vw — ho wouldn't love driving Herbie!!! He's cute, excellent handling, acceleration, braking and general performance, built to last (we're at 74,000 and going great), cute appearance (great space pod), wonderful gas milage (average 38 on trips and 28-30 in town), has been a low maintenance vehicle (other than oil changes and a few bulbs (which I've learned to change myself) cos of ownership has been low, and on a scale of 1-10 fun factor is a 15!!!!!

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Ryan3171 writes:
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Convertible Review
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4

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Visual appeal, especially with convertible  
+ Ride comfort  
+ Steering  
+ Performance of manual-shift diesel  
+ Resale value  

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Performance of non-turbo convertible  
- Backseat space  
- Cargo space in convertible  

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I Feel Most Secure & Comfortable In This Tight Car — This vehicle is the best car I have ever driver or owned. It is solid on the highway. Vehicle will stop on a dime without nosing down or swaying. Car corners beautifully, hugs the road. Handles very well on a windy highway and in the snow. Have never fishtailed in the snow or ice. This car has proven to be perfect in every aspect, in my opinion.... in addition to being cute and stylish

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Gabriel writes:
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L Convertible Review
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Excellent looks and lifestyle purchase

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Impractical unless you are really single

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Your Answer To Attention Seeking On The Road Lol! — Exciting and fun car to own and drive, looks fantastic with the top down! Performance is not bad, with good pick up on the 2L 8V engine which used to power the older generation Golf GTi. Interior is pretty simple and functional, except that huge long dashboard, not too friendly for Spore car market as I need to stretch to reach my IU for my cashcard, trick is to keep separate cashcard for manual parking. Definitely a good-looker on the road, not very common, and if you are into seeking a second glance from other road users, this car will do the trick nicely. Practicality is pretty much on the low side, tighter rear legroom due to additional safety feature in the rear, and a relatively almost useless trunk space! Solidly built soft-top, windnoise hardly intrusive when driving top-up even at highspeed cruising up to 120km/h, and body is solidly built without the common body jerk, as compared to Peugeots and Renaults CCs. Swaped my original VW 16" grandma rims for a set of sporty 17" wheels, while ride quality suffers a bit but sure looks much better! Suspension a bit on the softer side, but not too bad for a heavy car. Gas consumption is a bit on the less economical side, at approximately 390km per approximatelly 50L full tank, mixed city/ expressways driving, usually lasts me for a week. Probably will keep this for a while before I decide on a new convertible... maybe the Volvo C70, Audi A4 Convertible or BMW 6-series convertible.

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Sam writes:
2004 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S Review
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fantastic amazeing sexy

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none

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The Coolest And Sexiest Car In The World — this is 1 cool car to drive get attention from everyone they all look specially if your a guy driving it. others come and go but this remains it never gets old if you pull up outside Monte Carlo in a 3 years old Mercedes it shows your poor but if you do same with a 10 years old Beetle it shows your style and character. i recommend this car to everyone. it is built to last just like a German U-Boat and its solid like Panzar Tank what mroe can i say

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StewGuru writes:
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Convertible Review
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4

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Good looking car...good gas mileage...quick pickup for a 4-cyl

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Even though it's a 2004 model, there's no factory installed CD player (only cassette).

StewGuru
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Great Little Car. Probably Be A Classic Someday. — I like the quick pickup, overall sporty look of convertible, and gas mileage. Dislike the fact that there's no factory installed CD player (only a Cassette player). This is weird for a 2004 model. CD's aren't commonplace in Germany or what?

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

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jsryan13 writes:
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L Convertible Review
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Very Sporty, great on gas!

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Small backseat and trunk

jsryan13
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Great Sporty Convertible — I bought this car as a fun weekend or part time commute vehicle. It is very comfortable , rides smooth and quiet. The gas mileage has been excellent, I very seldom use backseat, very small, wouldn't be comfortable as a family car. It has great acceleration as well I have put 4000 miles on it in 2 years I've owned it. Never had any engine or major problems with anything. Has been a great car to own!

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

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dalrb writes:
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Convertible Review
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4

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It's fun to drive and it is cute to look at.
It makes me smile.

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Cost of repairs is expensive. Window regulators break constantly. Replaced each one a minimum of 3 times.

dalrb
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Looks Great. — I like the look of the New Beetle. Driving it is fun. But I knew when I bought it there would be problems. I bought an extended warranty and over $13,000 dollars went into the car in the 4 years I have owned it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tuggieone writes:
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VW built a good car in 2004/5 in Mexico.  The motor has not had any trouble and is known not to.  The standard transmission is strong and no clutch problems.  It needed cosmetic work when I got it.  I had the door panels reupholstered, center dash replaced, window tint added, and the biggie was a new top with life time warranty.  I also added lots of goodies like a wind screen, top boot, Husky floor mats, new shift boot, new wheel centers, new VW emblems front and back, and more.  I love this car and always get looked at and commented on when I'm out and about.

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Small interior especially for groceries and shopping.  Low to ground so speed bumps and curbs are dangerous.

Tuggieone
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2004 Vw Beetle Gls Convertible — I like everything about this car. Mostly, it's adorable. I always get comments on it. Over all, the car is great. We've done all the necessary updating and maintenance the car needed to be as perfect as it can get. It's a great around town car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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