2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0 from North America
Happy Beetle, but several little problems
Odometer had to be replaced within the first week.
Back cup-holder always falls off.
Strong crayon smell that everyone notices.
Does anyone else here live in a hot climate?
I have a 2002 New Beetle, and all my friends tease me about the crayon smell in my car. I thought it was karmic payback haunting me since I melted a box of crayons in my mom’s car when I was two years old, but I’m so glad, bittersweet as it is, to not be alone with this!
I live in Phoenix, AZ and was thinking that maybe this smell is a product of being in such a hot area - leaving the car parked out in the sun where it’s 120 degrees might make various plastics or waxes or whatever start smelling weird… Maybe they don’t account for that when they design these in a place with cooler weather like Germany?
I haven’t been able to get rid of the smell – everything I’ve tried (Febreze, car fresheners, Bounce, etc.) is just the two smells mixed together, ugh. Even leaving the windows down all the time doesn’t fix it.
I still love my car though!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th June, 2007
21st Jun 2007, 09:26
All "new" volkswagens have that crayon smell. Hot climate or not. I am a car salesman in northeast ohio and every VW 1998 and newer has that smell inside. I believe it is from the rubber coating they put on the trim pieces, like the inside door handles and vents etc.
16th Nov 2009, 03:03
Actually it's the plastic backing on the carpet that makes them sell like crayons. Volkswagen has a replacement carpet that you can buy that's suppose to eliminate the smell.