"I am trading this car in because it has 175,000 miles on it and looks beat. It is a TDI and the motor still runs like when it was new. The last three years it has been a daily commuter of 72 freeway miles round trip. In that time it has never broken down. Oil changes, battery, and tires is all it has needed. It consistently gets 38-39 mpg in the summer with air on, and 40-41 mpg in the winter without the air. I have always said that it is the most fun you can have driving a 100 hp car, lots of torque. The only negatives ares the quality of the interior wasn't the greatest and the headlights and running lights seemed to go out with more frequency than any other car I have owned."
"PRO: I am 65, I have and had numerous automobiles, but my 2002 VW Beetle is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I bought it new for cash in 2002, soon to be 14 years ago, and it is still as reliable and efficient , over 45 mpg, as it was new. I change oil (synthetic) every 10,000 miles and have never had to add a quart of oil between oil changes. I drive from Florida to Ohio on a monthly basis, without regards to the mileage of over 330,000 currently, because it is extremely reliable. It is comfortable and handles well in all weather and road conditions. Parts service life is extraordinary, e.g. tires (90k+), manual trans clutch(300k), brakes (175k+), a/c compressor (278K), injection pump (rebuilt at 310k) so the "down" time has been minimal and the operating costs are low. My goal is to reach 500,00 miles on my Beetle.
CON: I do most of the maintenance, so the condensed engine compartment makes it challenging to change the alternator (100k)"
Cons: "Repair cost and some mechanices will turn you away"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Love this car. Bought it back in '08. It has a lot of space for driver and passenger however not a lot of room in the back seat, they hit there head on the roof. Back seats fold down completely flat and has enough space to sleep two. I have traveled from coast to coast as well as Florida Keys to Canada while in college! starts everytime!
Repairs run a little higher depending on were you go. (do your research and two or more quotes)Never had to do a major repair even after putting over 160k on it. A few things are missing and don't work but does not keep my car from starting. Its heavier and cuts through the snow with no problem.
Paint job did not hold and the bottom is rusted (northern car). Body is heavy and well built so it doesn't fall apart as easy. I have so many stories about it going up against poles, ditches, guard rail, hail, sand storm and newer ford focus with rolling away with scrapes and dents."
"I bought my car used from a previous owner. It had around 45,000, 5 years ago. Now it has 83,500. Needed little repair. The mechanic is specialized in VW and Audi. I love its size, driving it in snow is no problem. It is solid and heavy. Easy to maneuver. Just scared the the timing belt might break at a sudden. Otherwise, I pray it will stay with me years. Repair is not cheap."
"I've owned VW's for over 50 years with good satisfaction but this model year, 2004, is a the exception. I've had to spesnd excessive money on items that seldom fail at 30,000 miles. Example: Had to replace both of the rear window internal mechanisms; Overall poor mileage - 60% freeway & 40 % city driving results 16.7 to 17.2 MPG; Raising the top requires excessive strength. Pulling down and turning the release handle requires a very strong person. Same in closing the top. The top does not fold into a compartment but sits on top of the rear body. The transmission required major repairs around $1,800.00 at 22,000 miles that was fortunately still under warranty. Had to replace the engine cover that covers the bottom of the engines at $1,500.00! Replaced Air Bag Sensor under warranty and now the the icon for it is displayed along with "Check engine" is now displayed! It never ends. Consumer Reports a couple years ago in an issue that dealt mostly with auto evaluations, listed the 2004 & 2005 under the heading of "The Worst of the Worst." Hope this is of some value to future VW buyers for these model years."