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Turbo S Key Features & Specs

Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 30 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 1.8L DOHC SMPI 20-valve I4 turbocharged engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Traction control w/Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP), brake assist, electronic differential lock
  • Front wheel drive
  • 60 amp/hr battery
  • 120-amp alternator
  • Digital electronic ignition w/knock sensor
  • Independent front MacPherson strut suspension
  • Independent track correcting torsion beam axle rear suspension
  • Front/rear coil springs/stabilizer bars
  • Front/rear gas shock absorbers
  • P225/45HR17 all-season tires
  • P205/55HR16 all-season spare tire/full-size steel spare wheel
  • 17" x 7" alloy wheels w/anti-theft wheel locks
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr front vented/rear solid disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • 14.5 gallon fuel tank
  • Dual chrome-tipped exhaust pipes

Exterior Features

  • Pwr tinted glass tilt/slide sunroof w/sunshade, pinch protection
  • Fixed spoiler & diffuser
  • Clear lens halogen front fog lamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Body-color pwr heated mirrors
  • Tinted green glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/heated front washer nozzles
  • Body-color door handles

Interior Features

  • Fully reclining heated leather-trimmed sport front bucket seats-inc: height adjustment, easy-entry system, adjustable lockable headrests, black bolsters
  • Full-folding rear bench seat w/2 distinctive seating positions
  • Front center armrest w/storage compartment
  • Center console-inc: (2) front/(1) rear beverage holders, (2) auxiliary pwr outlets, ash tray
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped padded tilt steering wheel
  • Height-adjustable/telescopic/theft-deterrent steering column
  • Instrumentation-inc: speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip odometer, temp/ fuel gauges, warning lights, brake wear indicator
  • Seat belt reminder & fuel cap seal warning
  • Headlamps-on warning tone
  • Remote central pwr locking system-inc: automatic pwr door locks, selective unlocking from front doors
  • Pwr windows-inc: front windows w/driver-side 1-touch up/down feature, pinch protection, key-operated open/close feature
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Audible/visible anti-theft vehicle alarm system for doors/hood/trunk/radio/ starter
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system
  • Remote fuel filler/trunk release
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning w/pollen/dust filter
  • Rear seat heat/air conditioning ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • Premium 5.5 AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: MP3 format capability, satellite radio preparation, (8) speakers w/amplifier, Monsoon sound system
  • CD changer preparation-inc: cable, mounting brackets
  • Roof-mounted whip antenna
  • Illuminated lockable glove box w/interior shelf
  • Non-smoker pkg-inc: pwr outlet, ash tray
  • Front door storage nets
  • Molded door trim w/leatherette inserts
  • Open front door warning courtesy lights
  • Front/rear integrated armrests in door/side panels
  • Rearview mirror-inc: integrated clock/ambient temp display
  • Covered visor vanity mirrors
  • Mirror control pad w/joystick control
  • (2) front/(2) rear passenger assist handles
  • Driver/front passenger reading lamp w/time delay
  • (2) rear passenger reading lamps
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob/hand brake grip w/brushed alloy trim
  • Front passenger seatback pocket
  • Fully-lined carpeted luggage compartment-inc: removable cover, trunk light, pwr outlet

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Driver/front passenger advanced airbags w/dual stage deployment
  • Driver/front passenger head/thorax airbags
  • 3-point front/rear seat belts w/height adjusters/front pretensioners/load limiters
  • Active head restraints
  • Rear child seat tether anchorage points
  • Traction control w/Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP), brake assist
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Anti-intrusion side-impact door beams
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual-note horn

2004 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Reviews

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2004 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S

I love my car. It is cyber green. However, there are issues with it. I have put a lot of money into the car and it looks like I will be putting more going forward. I have had every hose replaced and thousands of dollars for little things. They have to take off the front end to fix the headlight. Tonight my windshield wipers stopped working. I got out and lifted them and they started working again. This is not the first time this has happened. I take it in to the repair shop and they cannot find anything wrong with them. The front end is banged up and the fog lights are broken due to the front end being so low to the ground. The cup holders will only hold small cups because it is under the dash. The back hatch only opens after I pop the opener inside the car multiple times. Again they cannot find anything wrong with the opener. The heated seats went into to the repair shop not too soon after I bought it. They repaired it many times. Then the warranty ended, the service repair person told me to keep things from going under the seat. I just gave up and do not use them. I love the turbo part of the car, it makes it feel like a sports car.

- Karen C

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