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2002 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Information shown for entry-level Hatchback.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 27/Comb 23 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Mexico

2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.9
Out of 10

Based on 1128 Ratings for the 1998 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.3/10
    Quality
    7.0/10
  • Reliability
    7.3/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    7.9/10

Fun to drive, TDi gets over 40 mpg combined

By on Friday, May 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "cute, great MPG, TDi"

Cons: "Elec. wiring is a real headache"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I've heard this car was over $30000 new, that would hurt the value rating. The 4.9 liter TDi's have a problem with buildup inside the intake manifold. The fix is nearly $2000. Wiring problems Love to drive this car everyday."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best Small Ride for the Tall Ones, it's True Love!

By on Tuesday, May 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "size, interior/headroom, comfy seats, good on gas"

Cons: "feel on rough road, quirky electronics"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2008 VW New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Auto S

"I first drove a New Beetle in 2004 or thereabouts. It was Sunflower Yellow. While I knew I'd never own a yellow car (too conspicuous) I was floored by the solid feeling, all the interior space -- especially the head room, given I'm 6' tall -- and the comfortable "adult" feeling seats. I lived in the city then and only rented cars a handful of times per year, but I always requested that lemony Beetle, for as long as the rental company had it in service. Having been car free for over two decades, I viewed cars as utilitarian (not luxury) tools. The New Beetle fit that bill, with the bonus of a kicky exterior, and the solid feel of a much bigger vehicle. I knew I'd found the car I'd buy if I ever needed to buy one. ~|~ Fast forward a decade plus: I move just far enough into the 'burbs to need a small vehicle. Time for my New Beetle! Only they haven't made them for five years, and I'm not interested in the current squashed remodel (which no longer looks like a Beetle). Imagine my glee when I happened upon a basic, affordable 2008 NB Coupe S with relatively low mileage at a dealer right around the corner -- in dark metallic gray, with leather interior and Monsoon sound system. All the right stuff, nothing else needed, thanks! ~|~ What a DREAM this little vehicle is. Such a pleasure to drive, hugs the road like a big boy, my music sounds great in it, my head doesn't come anywhere near the roof, and it's good on gas even in the city. I've even embraced the flower vase, which I'd previously made fun of. I knocked a point off in a few categories because it tends to drive like a sports car on rough roads -- i.e. you feel the road -- and it exhibits the same signs every VW NB does as it ages (other owners I know agree): odd little electronic quirks. After driving the rental a few times I became familiar with things like over-sensitive tire pressure alerts, and minor fob, lock or trunk quirks. While these don't bother me, they might bother some. I also know men who would never own one. (I'm female. Purportedly, ditching the vase and squashing the top were just some of VW's tactics to attract male buyers.) For me, VW's New Beetle was/is the perfect Point-A-to-Point-B car, and I never want to drive anything else. Don't make me get a new one!"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2008 VW New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Auto S

I never want to get rid of this car

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 164,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "easy to drive fun watching people punch each other"

Cons: "expensive parts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought a 2003 back in 2010 and I still own it. I love this car beyond words. I have had to change out the window regulators no biggie, battery, and oil not hing else. She still runs great and I would keep her forever but in AZ she has been melting. For some reason the car's plastic inside parts are all crumbling to pieces. I know it is hot here, but do they really have to fall apart like this? My glove box won't close not because the plastic broke, windshield wipers come on but don't turn of because their plastic piece melted, the door handles keep coming off because the plastic that held them together fell apart. And my car seat tore the seat fabric."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Tuesday, March 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Decent car and fun to drive"

Cons: "plastic interior isn't so great"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I've had this car now for about 4 years to drive to and from work. It's really great for that and gas mileages is good too. Drives great, turns great, my only wish is they had put more high-end products on the inside of the car (at least as an option). It would be nice if the interior could compete with BMW, Merecedes, etc. ONE major gripe -- light bulbs go out very, very often. Husband is always having to change these out for me."

25 people out of 38 found this review helpful

Solid, economical, and fun to drive

By on Sunday, November 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "economical and fun to drive"

Cons: "quality lacking in a few areas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"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."

41 people out of 59 found this review helpful

This is the best vehicle I have ever owned

By on Friday, October 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 330,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"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)"

42 people out of 54 found this review helpful

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