2004 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,404 - $5,729
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
100-180
Seats
4
Color:  Galactic Blue
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,404 - $5,729
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
100-180
Seats
4

Volkswagen Beetle Models & Trims

GL Coupe $3,890 - $5,601
Horsepower: 100 hp - 115 hp
Engine Type: Diesel I4, Gas I4
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
GLS Coupe $3,890 - $5,601
Horsepower: 100 hp - 150 hp
Engine Type: Diesel I4, Gas I4
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Turbo S Coupe $3,880 - $5,729
Horsepower: 180 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Satellite Blue Coupe $3,404 - $4,973
Horsepower: 115 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
GL $3,890 - $5,601
Horsepower: 100 hp - 115 hp
Engine Type: Diesel I4, Gas I4
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
GLS $3,890 - $5,601
Horsepower: 100 hp - 150 hp
Engine Type: Diesel I4, Gas I4
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Turbo S $3,880 - $5,729
Horsepower: 180 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Satellite Blue $3,404 - $4,973
Horsepower: 115 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
GLS Turbo $3,890 - $5,601
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 x 7 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.16

25 Reviews

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Great daily driver for a first time teenage driver.

2004 VW Beetle Convertible with 111000 miles. This has been my daily driver for the past 4 years and is a great first car for teens. New tires, ac works, the top needs replacement, and the front window does have a crack. Fun little car, was well kept by me, and in great repair. It has been reported in a lawsuit against VW for well known transmission glitch (it jumps slightly when slowing down, around 25 mph.)

- Mal B

The 2004 Volkswagen beetle gls convertible is cute but not practical or safe.

Volkswagens are expensive to fix. My beetle 2004 turbo gls convertible has quite a few issues. There is a problem with the gear shifter that has ruined my transmission. I believe there was a recall on it but they stopped fixing it after 10 years. The turbo engine is really touchy and sometimes makes the car jolt. The convertible top is very clunky and loud as well.

- Izzy P

Volkswagen beetle is a blast!

Have owned my beetle for one year, no mechanical problems. Runs fine. Wish I didn't hear road noise but think that is because it is a convertible. Roomy little trunk! Do not use the back seat. Love it when the top is down! One issue I have is that when the top is down, the buzzer keeps beeping. Once I am driving it finally goes off.

- Susan J

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Compare Models & Key Features

Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Front angle view.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$3,890 - $5,601
$3,890 - $5,601

Horsepower

Horsepower
100 - 115 (hp)
100 - 150 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L SOHC SMPI I4 engine
1.9L SOHC EFI I4 turbo
2.0L SOHC SMPI I4 engine
1.9L SOHC EFI I4 turbo
1.8L DOHC SMPI 20
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Standard
Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
39.4 (in.)
39.4 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.7 - 41.3 (in.)
38.2 - 40.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
31.5 - 33.5 (in.)
31.5 - 33.5 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.7 - 37.2 (in.)
36.7 - 37.2 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
5 - 12 (cu. ft.)
5 - 12 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic, Cloth
Premium Synthetic, Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
4
4

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Not Available
Standard

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/55HR16
P225/45HR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
98.7 - 98.8 (in.)
98.7 - 98.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.8 (ft.)
35.8 (ft.)

Length

Length
161.1 (in.)
161.1 (in.)

Width

Width
67.9 (in.)
67.9 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2743 - 3153 (.lbs)
2743 - 3159 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
115 (hp)
115 (hp)

Torque

Torque
125 (ft. lbs.)
125 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Standard
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 (gal.)
14.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
27 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

City

City
23 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
31 (mpg)
30 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front N/A
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
Not Available
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (3)

Air Bags Sep 29, 2003
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 29, 2003
NHTSA Campaign:
03V356000
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE PASSENGER DETECTION FUNCTION OF THE PASSIVE OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM (PODS) MAY BECOME DISABLED.
Consequence:
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.
Remedy:
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.
Equipment > Other > Labels Dec 2, 2003
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 2, 2003
NHTSA Campaign:
03V508000
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE TIRE INFORMATION LABEL IS INCORRECT IDENTIFYING THE VEHICLE AS A FIVE-PASSENGER VEHICLE, INSTEAD OF A FOUR-PASSENGER VEHICLE.
Consequence:
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.
Remedy:
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.
Fuel System, Diesel Dec 13, 2004
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 13, 2004
NHTSA Campaign:
04V586000
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE HIGH PRESSURE DIESEL PUMPS WERE PRODUCED WITH AN IMPROPER FASTENER, WHICH COULD ALLOW DIESEL FUEL TO ESCAPE FROM THE PUMP.
Consequence:
DIESEL FUEL IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE MAY LEAD TO A FIRE.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DIESEL PUMP. THE RECALLBEGAN ON FEBRUARY 8, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-2834.

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