2004 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2004 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8 turbo from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier


Expensive fun


The little "wing" that opens and closes to raise and lower the convertible top broke within 2000 miles. It's made of brittle Hard PLASTIC. Dealer says it'll run around $350 to replace. This week the Driver side rear window wouldn't raise, come to find out that there is another piece of brittle Hard Plastic that broke and the pulley cable is just dangling. One day while walking around the car, I found my drivers' side tail light completely hanging out by the wires! Seems that the assembly is reminiscent of trailer lights with rubber grommets: They just pop in and out effortlessly.

I love the performance of the car and it is pretty comfortable, however, the dealerships want outrageous repair fees for things I feel should be replaced as "DEFECTS". Not everyone drives their cars solely on the "autobahn", heck, has anyone ever driven on Louisiana roads? THAT should be their proving ground!

General Comments:

Good gas mileage and great performance are this cars attributes. But plastic should not be used for moving parts that take a beating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th February, 2007

2004 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo 1.8 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle


I would not recommend that anyone buy the Beetle


- The air bag sensor (POD) in the passenger has been repaired 4 times. The last time took 8 weeks.

- Both back windows have been repaired 2 times each.

- The battery (of a two year old car) had a bad cell.

- Fronts head light went out.

- Numerous buttons and mirror problems.

- It's a convertable, the roof got stuck half way down.

General Comments:

The car is very quick. It is not real comfortable, but the gas mileage is pretty good. The leather seats have worn exceptionally well. That's about all of the good points. All of the service has to be done at a Volkswagen dealership and the car has been in the shop 3 out of 12 months this year for one reason or another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th December, 2006

2004 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Trooper


Not cute enough for the trouble!


I'm starting to think my cute little 2004 Beetle is a cruel joke someone is playing on me. I've had it a year and so far the engine idles roughly while in anything other than Park, the airbag light has come and and needed to be repaired, the seat handle has broken and been replaced 3 times (no, I'm not that strong..it's a design flaw), now (like someone else has listed) it gets stuck in Park all the time with the EPC light on. I called roadside service. They told me to turn the car off, stomp very hard on the brake five times, keep the brake peddle pushed in on the 5th time, start the car for 5 seconds with teh brake still in, then turn the car off with the brake still in, turn the ignition a quarter turn and shift it between N & D, hold it there and then turn the car on. I asked them if they thought I was a contortionist???! When I asked them what caused this problem they said that it was a secret and that only the dealer could tell me. Hysterical, or what?!!! The worst part is, today, it finally got stuck and I couldn't trick it out of Park and the VW Roadside Service took 3.5 hours to arrive for a tow to the dealer. This is pathetic. Now my car is imprisoned at the dealer for god knows how long. Yes, it's under warranty, but who has time for this? I'm a professor and told all my students in all my classes never to buy a VW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th March, 2006

31st Jul 2006, 18:13

I have the exact same problem with EPC light coming on, and getting stuck in park... twice I have needed service, and once a tow. I've needed towed for other ridiculous things with my Beetle,also, and it feels like I'm always at the dealership killing the weekend. Cute is not enough, don't buy Beetles.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 10 reviews