Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,835 - $25,995
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
100-180
Seats
4
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,835 - $25,995
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
100-180
Seats
4

2004 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Reviews

4.11

27 Reviews

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I call it my "happy car" because you cannot help but smile when you look at it.

I love my bug, however I live in a rural area and have to travel over 100 miles to the VW dealership to have repairs done. I recently had to take it in to have what ended up being the fuel pump replaced after my local mechanic would not replace it because he said the part was so expensive and he was not certain the fuel pump was the problem. After running it on the computer scanner it was determined it was indeed the fuel pump, but they had to order the part because my car was so 'old. ' Since I had to leave it at the shop for several days I asked them to have another key made because the car only came with one key fob and one spare key. The man who worked at the desk told me they could not be positive the key would work if I bought it. Because of the security system it could lock down my car engine and I might never get it to run again. When they dealership called to ask about my satisfaction with the service I told them the service was fine, but I will never purchase another VW because the parts for older vehicles are becoming too hard to purchase.

- Patty B

I am a barbie girl in a barbie car.

My 2004 Volkswagen beetle is highly convenient. It is suitable for the everyday young independent woman. It is also fashionable. It is cheap to put gas in it also. It only takes about $20 to till up the tank. The trunk has more than enough space, plus there are seats in the back. However, the only downside of this vehicle is that it is either difficult to find replacement parts or they are too expensive. That is because it is a foreign car.

- Amy C

Amazing First Car - Just Be Mindful of a Few Electronic issues.

I love my beetle. Although it is older and does come with a few problems here and there, it holds up great. My car has over 150,000 miles and still runs great. The only problems I have with my car are purely glitches: the service light being on (despite the engine being fine) and the gas needle sometimes fluctuating up and down. This is an amazing first car to have, you just have to take care of it just like you would any other car.

- Cayla E

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Key Specs

Overview

MSRP

MSRP
$16,330 - $22,075
$3,980 - $5,613

Horsepower

Horsepower
100 - 115 hp
100 - 150 hp

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

Alarm

Alarm

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

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.

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
4
4

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel

Dimensions

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
100 - 115 hp
100 - 150 hp

Torque

Torque
122 - 177 ft. lbs.
122 - 177 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
23 - 31 mpg
23 - 30 mpg

City

City
21 - 24 mpg
21 - 24 mpg

Highway

Highway
30 - 31 mpg
29 - 31 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*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