Volkswagen New Beetle

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle

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  • (4.0) 28 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,215$8,479
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 26-42
  • Engine: 115-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2004 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take on the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle

Following its debut for the 1998 model year, the Volkswagen New Beetle helped spark an early sales surge. A sporty new Turbo S edition joined the lineup in 2002, and a New Beetle Convertible debuted early in the 2003 model year.For 2004, the GLX version exits the lineup, leaving only the GL, GLS ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Performance of non-turbo convertible
  • Backseat space
  • Cargo space in convertible

Notable Features

  • Retro-look styling
  • Gasoline or diesel engine
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Available turbocharged engines
  • Coupe and convertible body styles

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Reviews Expert Reviews

What an interesting life the Volkswagen Beetle has lived. First it was hot. Then it was not. Then it was hot again. And then not, again. More than six years ago, when the Golf-based New Beetle first arrived on these shores (in its second incarnation), the buying public went nuts. It was cuddly. It was odd. It was a better version than anything anyone ever remembered, especially the noisy... Read full review for the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle

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by roccormom from Biloxi, MS on June 14, 2010

If you're thinking about buying a new or used Beetle, one thing to consider would be the cost of the canopy replacement. VW will replace a canvas top for approximately 4,100 dollars (I didn't even ask... Read Full Review

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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Safety Ratings

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There are currently 8 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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