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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

Volkswagen continued on a roll in 2004 with the Beetle by offering a new 1.9-liter turbodiesel engine that generated 100 hp (up from 90 hp the previous year). Not only did the turbodiesel (called the TDi) provide plenty of power when needed but it also got 46 mpg on the highway. It joined a lineup that included the 2.0-liter, 115-hp gas engine (delivered in the GL and GLS trim packages) and the 180-hp turbocharged 1.8T gas engine (in the Turbo S).

Other improvements included head curtain airbags, redesigned 16- and 17-inch wheels, and new exterior colors for the cabriolets, as well as a number of new options, such as OnStar service. Among the Beetle's standard features were power brakes, power heated mirrors, a lighted entry system, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, cruise control, air conditioning, power door locks, and an anti-theft alarm system.

For the most part, Beetle owners were passionate about their cars, despite its limited storage space in the trunk, limited legroom in the back seat, and comfort factor over long trips (though owners were happy with the car's comfort around town). Some noted problems with the sensors, which gave false alerts.


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Radio Issue

The battery on my 2004 beetle has been dead for a year or so while I was getting a motor to replace the old one. Anyway the factory monsoon radio worked fine. But after jumping it the last time now...


04 VW Beetle Panic Arm Going Off Randomly

When I get out of my 04 beers and lock it the alarm is set I can tell by the chirp and red blinking light with that being said once Locked the panic alarm goes off for thirty seconds. This happens ...

2004 Beetle Wont Turnover

My Beetle when I try to start the car sounds like its out of gas. I put gas in two days before the malfunction. It just wont kick in.

Transmission Swap

Will the transmission from a 2001 2.0 liter automatic beetle interchange with a 2004 1.8 liter turbo beetle. I am having a heck of a time finding one. I’m leaking fluid and I found a hole so I am ...

Vw Beetle Convertible Top

My 2004 beetle convertible top( I just bought top came apart from left top corner of the window glass. Upon looking it seems like it's just out of the bracket..but when u put it back in it pops ou...