2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8 gas from North America




EPC light was coming on and going off no reason.

Water leaked in to the passenger side front every 6 months or so.

Brake and headlights had to be replaced very often and could only be fixed at the dealer.

Trunk idiot light would come on when the truck was closed.

Transmission module had to be replaced.

Oil dip stick plastic handle broke.

Dealers were not very honest to deal with most of the time.

General Comments:

Water leaks were a real hassle to deal with, the dealer said some sort of track had to be serviced for $100 dollars yearly.

Brake lights bulbs were constantly going out, $2.00 for the bulb - $35.00 for the labor seems crazy.

EPC light would go on and switch off often, the dealer said it could be anything - didn't seem to know what caused it, just wanted me to schedule an appointment.

Don't buy a VW product.

Traded it in on a Nissan Versa and I'm very pleased to be out of the bug.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2008

2002 Volkswagen Beetle from North America


A Great Girlie Car


The turn signals malfunctioned and had to be replaced.

The motor in the window on the driver's side had to be replaced.

One of the electric keys broke.

The stereo suddenly stopped working. A fuse maybe? and had to be replace for $35.

When the tire went flat I discovered that the jack was the type where you have to turn the knob to raise up the car. Why oh why would a company that markets cars to women make a jack that you have to turn by hand? I ended up having to call for help on a dark rainy highway in the middle of winter.

The airbag light went on, and according to the dealer whatever is wrong with it will cost $500 to fix.

Nothing is cheap to fix on this car.

General Comments:

I love my little VW, and nothing major has gone wrong with it yet. It gets good gas mileage, and I plan to keep it as long as possible. It does seem that strange things keep breaking. Personally I think the air bag thing should be a recall...it's just not safe.

My bigger problem is with my dealer who takes forever to make repairs. (I made an appointment, and came in at 7:00 a.m., only to wait 2 and a half hours for a diagnosis. They didn't do any work, they only recognized the problem!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2008

2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS TSI 5-speed turbo diesel from North America




Water pump seal failed right after timing belt replacement.

Car is an unbelievable pain to work on. You cannot just reach in and do anything but check the oil level. Some unrelated component is in the way and will have to come off first.

I believe this vehicle could have been designed better.

General Comments:

This high mileage vehicle came with all the service history from someone as anal as myself about maintenance.

The vehicle gets 45-49.2 on Bio-fuel without AC.

With fuel prices at $4.50 I do not regret my decision.

I would advise anyone who is considering buying one of these vehicles to research the maintenance procedures in DETAIL and decide if you are up to the challenge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2008

2002 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 from North America


Great gas mileage and very fun to drive!


My left door won't completely shut all the way, but that is nothing a tightening won't fix. My CD player doesn't work, Since this is a used car I understand that things won't work properly but the previous owner also stated that the CD player has never worked.

I have noticed that after washing my car the paint started to bubble on the divers side and flaked off after a car wash. Nothing more has come off though.

This car is an automatic, when I go and reverse completely stop and switch into drive it almost lags for a second or two, sometimes when I release off the brake it still reverses even though in drive and not on a hill. Then it jerks a tiny bit and goes forward. Do any of you have this problem as well??

General Comments:

Brakes work wonderful, I had to get used to them at first because they are very touchy but its nice to have touchy brakes when approaching an unexpected sudden stop.

Turning radius is AMAZING you wouldn't believe what corners your can get around without much effort in this tiny car.

The beetle has a spacious interior. More so than what people expect. It can seat the driver and passenger easy with maximum comfort of the bucket seats, but the back however is not as nice. I am 5 foot 8" and it is really uncomfortable to be back there for a long period of time, my head bumps against the round corner of the roof.

Great gas mileage, definitly worth buying if worried about the gas prices. I filled my tank up 2 weeks ago and it is at a half tank and I have traveled up to 180 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2008

12th Jul 2008, 12:32

I'm wondering if you still like the beetle after having it longer than 1000 miles. My wife's beetle is a maintenance nightmare.

8th Jun 2010, 22:24

I also have that same problem with backing up, then trying to pull forward in my automatic. It's especially annoying if you are paralleled parked and come close to the car in front of you when it jumps into gear!! However I have learned to expect this, and now plan ahead to have my foot ready for the brake!