really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,333 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle accessories - interior problems

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2002 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 302015


  • 54,000 miles


The interior smells strongly of crayons and will not go away with shampooing, cleaning and/or other methods of odor removal. The odor is very strong and rubs off on clothing and skin whilst seated.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 092003

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
The car has been to the service department for the driver side tail light bulb to be replaced twice. Bulb replacement only fixes the problem for 2 to 3 days. There is some type of short and I keep getting hit with a service charge every time the vehicle goes in for this. Also the driver side seat is showing some beyond normal wear and tear for a vehicle with only 25K. The leather seating surface is tearing at the seams and appears to be of very thin materials in the bolster area.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 092002

Beetle Diesel

  • miles
During a rear impact, my son states his seat lumbar section tilted towards the back seating area and the passenger seat (empty) tilted forward, towards the windsheild. My son litterally had to use the steering will to help pull himself back up forward.

- Benson, AZ, USA

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