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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,333 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle accessories - exterior problems

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 042016


  • 122,000 miles


1. air bag: The air bag indicator light is illuminating. 2. sunroof drain system clogged: There is leakage through the sunroof of the passenger side. All rain water is coming in from the passenger door. After about 2 weeks of thunder storms the car has water all over the inside and the ceiling and smells bad. (as soon as I found out the sunroof leakage problem of this car, I found that he U.S. court of appeals for the third circuit has approved a $69 million settlement stemming from a class-action lawsuit that started in 2007 over leaking sunroofs.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 152011

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Both rear window control mechanisms have gone bad. I have done a search and this seems to be a re-occurring problem with this vehicle. Very expensive to replace.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 282011


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen new Beetle convertible. The contact stated that both the passenger and driver side windows were inoperable and remained open. The contact was unable to close the windows. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the window regulator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Florence, CO, USA

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