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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Pricing Trends

The average listing price for a 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle:
  • LemonFree $6,900
Pricing difference by year:
  • 2005 $8,648 + $1,748
Average price by trim:
  • GL $6,908
  • GL TDI $7,358
  • GLS $7,984
  • GLS 1.8T $7,617
  • GLS TDI $7,552
  • Turbo S $7,686

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Safety

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side

Recall Notices

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle (12/4/2003)

Campaign Number: 03V508000
Component Name: EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Description: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE TIRE INFORMATION LABEL IS INCORRECT IDENTIFYING THE VEHICLE AS A FIVE-PASSENGER VEHICLE, INSTEAD OF A FOUR-PASSENGER VEHICLE.
Defect: EXCEEDING THE CORRECT SEATING CAPACITY IN A VEHICLE PUTS OCCUPANTS AT RISK FOR INJURY IN A CRASH, AND CAN RESULT IN VEHICLE OVERLOADING, WHICH CAN AFFECT VEHICLE HANDLING AND PUT YOU AT RISK FOR A CRASH.
Corrective Action: OWNERS WILL BE SENT A NEW LABEL AND INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 9, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT VWOA AT 1-800-822-8987.

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle (9/29/2003)

Campaign Number: 03V356000
Component Name: AIR BAGS
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Description: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE PASSENGER DETECTION FUNCTION OF THE PASSIVE OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM (PODS) MAY BECOME DISABLED.
Defect: SHOULD THE PODS CONTROL UNIT MALFUNCTION, THE AIR BAG SYSTEM IN THE VEHICLE WILL NOT WORK AS DESIGNED AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY PROTECT OCCUPANTS IN A CRASH.
Corrective Action: DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE PODS. OWNER NOTIFICATION ORIGINALLY BEGAN OCTOBER 3, 2003. VW HAS DETERMINED THAT ADDITIONAL VEHICLES NEED TO BE REPAIRED. THE RECALL FOR THE ADDITIONAL VEHICLES IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON DECEMBER 17, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT VWOA AT 1-800-822-8987.