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Hello everyone! I just recently bought a used 2002 New Beetle with 145K miles on it. It has multiple cosmetic issues that I am already in the process of getting fixed. This is my very first car and I am excited to get it fixed up and looking nice! I would like to know if anyone has any sort of advice on how to get the cosmetic issues fixed? As for mechanical issues, I’m also already getting those worked out.
The issues are as follows:
  1. Felt on the headliner is sagging and mostly torn off
  2. Felt on the sunroof cover is also sagging
  3. The center console lid is broken
  4. Glove box is broken
  5. The plastic ring around the rear seat button (to lower the rear seat) is broken
  6. The door panels are sagging at the vinyl/leather part and being held up by black tape
  7. The driver’s side window won’t stay up
  8. Missing back seat cup holder
  9. The passenger door door panel (As in the entire panel not just the vinyl) pulls away from the door a bit and I think this is causing the door to not be able to be opened from the outside sometimes
So I know this all sounds like a lot, but my friend is going to fix the driver’s side window and I plan on letting him know about the passenger side door panel while he’s at it as well so hopefully those two will be covered by him. As for everything else, I just purchased a replacement lid for the center console(Not OEM), an entire replacement glove box (OEM) and some plastic inserts for the door panels from Coverlay. I also plan on replacing the felt on the headliner and sunroof cover myself sometime this week. Does anyone have any advice on anything that’s been mentioned? Another thing is that the car rides pretty rough, anyone know why this might be?

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All those things are fixable. Tunemyeuro.com has many common fixes for some of the things you mentioned, armrest, glovebox etc. However before you put all that time and money into fixing and polishing, why did the previous owner sell this? Was he/she tired of the car or was there a deeper issue they didn’t want to deal with?

The 99-03 Beetles are cursed with a very weak automatic transmission, before I went head over heals into fixing this car I would want to verify that it was going to be a driveable reliable vehicle. Do you know anyone that has a vcds and can run a scan on the cars computer to check for trouble codes especially in the transmission module which a regular scanner cannot read? Have you driven it long enough/far enough to get a sense of how it’s shifting?

I don’t mean to throw cold water on your first car but it’s always nice to know the whole story so you can make an informed decision. These cars are very nice, easy to work on and the engines across the entire lineup and manual transmissions seem to be very robust.
 

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Welcome and congrats on the car! What engine and transmission do you have? Do you have any history on the timing belt being replaced? If not, I would get the timing belt/water pump done soon.
 
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All those things are fixable. Tunemyeuro.com has many common fixes for some of the things you mentioned, armrest, glovebox etc. However before you put all that time and money into fixing and polishing, why did the previous owner sell this? Was he/she tired of the car or was there a deeper issue they didn’t want to deal with?

The 99-03 Beetles are cursed with a very weak automatic transmission, before I went head over heals into fixing this car I would want to verify that it was going to be a driveable reliable vehicle. Do you know anyone that has a vcds and can run a scan on the cars computer to check for trouble codes especially in the transmission module which a regular scanner cannot read? Have you driven it long enough/far enough to get a sense of how it’s shifting?

I don’t mean to throw cold water on your first car but it’s always nice to know the whole story so you can make an informed decision. These cars are very nice, easy to work on and the engines across the entire lineup and manual transmissions seem to be very robust.
Alrighty, so the previous owner was selling the car because it was the car his girlfriend drove but they recently found out she is pregnant and they want to upgrade to a more family friendly vehicle. My friend’s boyfriend has a friend who has all his own machines to work on cars. His girlfriend was pretty good about maintaining the car mechanically, but they didn’t fix any of the cosmetic stuff but that’s really it!

I really appreciate your post, it’s good to have a little reality check, especially with such a big investment in time/money!
 

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Welcome and congrats on the car! What engine and transmission do you have? Do you have any history on the timing belt being replaced? If not, I would get the timing belt/water pump done soon.
I believe the engine is 2.0? And it’s automatic, I believe those answer your questions? I’m still learning if I’m honest and the car came without any manuals so I’m using the vin to figure this out! As for the timing belt, I’ll have to ask if it’s been replaced recently, I’m sure I was told by the owner but I can’t remember at the moment.
 

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If you are just starting out with the car; it might be advisable, to take the car to a VW specialist or even the VW dealer. Have them do a full top to bottom inspection; paying particular attention to the automatic tranmission and then, you have full list of all the problems it has. At that point, you can be sure; of any major issues, that would cost more, then the car is worth. The biggies. are the engine and/or the tranmission.

NOTE: the automatic transmissions, will fail at some point; not a matter of "if" but "when". Depending, on what is wrong; some things, can be repaired affordably but internal issues, can get expensive and typically, knock these cars off the road and are not cost effective to fix. In general, the standard transmissions; are much more duable but they have their issues as well, plus the clutches/dual mass flywheels, will eventually wear out and need replaced as well.

We can give you advice; on may of the issues, you have mentioned but we want to you, to fully know, of any possible issues that might be a major expense to fix (e.g. going in with your "eyes wide open").

These are older vehicles; so, expect, a long list of things, that need handled, parts replaced, things repaired and don't be discouraged, you just need a full professional assessment of the condition of things.

Typically, what we see, around here; is your average 15-20 year old New Beetle, needs about $2000-$4000 on the mechanical side of things, to get it into a reliable daily driver status. Things, can be lower; if you do the work yourself and then, you are just paying for the cost of parts, while some things, must be done by a pro shop... say a front end alignment, etc.
 

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If you are just starting out with the car; it might be advisable, to take the car to a VW specialist or even the VW dealer. Have them do a full top to bottom inspection; paying particular attention to the automatic tranmission and then, you have full list of all the problems it has. At that point, you can be sure; of any major issues, that would cost more, then the car is worth. The biggies. are the engine and/or the tranmission.

We can give you advice; on may of the issues, you have mentioned but we want to you, to fully know, of any possible issues that might be a major expense to fix.

These are older vehicles; so, expect, a long list of things, that need handled and don't be discouraged, you just need a full professional assessment of the condition of things.

Typically, what we see, around here; is your average 15-20 year old New Beetle, needs about $2000-$4000 on the mechanical side of things, to get it into a reliable daily driver status. Things, can be lower; if you do the work yourself and then, you are just paying for the cost of parts, while some things, must be done by a pro shop... say a front end alignment, etc.
Thank you for this! I was considering taking it to a nearby vw dealer but wasn’t sure if it really needed it but this basically solidifies that I should do it! It does looks like the previous owner did a pretty decent job of taking care of it in the mechanical sense but an inspection wouldn’t hurt to check everything over. Quick question, and I’m sorry if it’s a dumb one, but do they charge for doing an inspection?
 

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Once, you get that out of the way and you are secure, in knowing the problems with the car and can move forward with the "fun" things to repair.

Cosmetic issues:
Felt on the headliner is sagging and mostly torn off
Felt on the sunroof cover is also sagging

headliner: can be recovered as a diy by purchasing the covering online, in a kit or have a upholstery shop do it for you, take the top to them and reinstall it yourself, that will save you allot of money, removing/installing it at home.

The center console lid is broken


Glove box is broken

The magnet kit; from turnemyeuro, can be a fix or you can try to repair it or find a good used one.

Deluxe Glove Box Repair Latch Kit for Beetle Golf/Jetta (AAR122) AARodriguez Corp.


The plastic ring around the rear seat button (to lower the rear seat) is broken

You might get a used part from a junk yard or see if you can order a new one from your local vw dealer.

The door panels are sagging at the vinyl/leather part and being held up by black tape

You can buy a new leather or vinyl insert off of ebay and glue it back on, the door panel.
Another option: is a plastic insert, that can quickly; be installed by screws.




The driver’s side window won’t stay up

This problem, is typically caused by a bad window regulator; you can get a genuine vw window regulator rebuild kit, from your local VW dealer and that would be a solid fix.

Missing back seat cup holder

Look on ebay a local junkyard or see, if your local vw dealer, can order you a new one.

The passenger door door panel (As in the entire panel not just the vinyl) pulls away from the door a bit and I think this is causing the door to not be able to be opened from the outside sometimes

The door panels, many times; fall apart but can be repaired. Also, the door panel, retaining clips, can break and then the door panel will come off.


Another issue, that eventually happens; is the door pull, will crack and break off the panel. There are a number of repair options for these; I have found the MotorKing metal handle, is the best solution and looks like the original handle, it will never break again.

MotorKing Metal Reinforced Door Panel Repair Kit Pair For 1998-2010 VW Beetle


The above, should fix; most of the common issues with the interior and once they are fixed, you will feel MUCH better, about using your car! :)
 

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Once, you get that out of the way and you are secure, in knowing the problems with the car and can move forward with the "fun" things to repair.

Cosmetic issues:
Felt on the headliner is sagging and mostly torn off
Felt on the sunroof cover is also sagging

headliner: can be recovered as a diy by purchasing the covering online, in a kit or have a upholstery shop do it for you, take the top to them and reinstall it yourself, that will save you allot of money, removing/installing it at home.

The center console lid is broken


Glove box is broken

The magnet kit; from turnemyeuro, can be a fix or you can try to repair it or find a good used one.

Deluxe Glove Box Repair Latch Kit for Beetle Golf/Jetta (AAR122) AARodriguez Corp.


The plastic ring around the rear seat button (to lower the rear seat) is broken

You might get a used part from a junk yard or see if you can order a new one from your local vw dealer.

The door panels are sagging at the vinyl/leather part and being held up by black tape

You can buy a new leather or vinyl insert off of ebay and glue it back on, the door panel.
Another option: is a plastic insert, that can quickly; be installed by screws.




The driver’s side window won’t stay up

This problem, is typically caused by a bad window regulator; you can get a genuine vw window regulator rebuild kit, from your local VW dealer and that would be a solid fix.

Missing back seat cup holder

Look on ebay a local junkyard or see, if your local vw dealer, can order you a new one.

The passenger door door panel (As in the entire panel not just the vinyl) pulls away from the door a bit and I think this is causing the door to not be able to be opened from the outside sometimes

The door panels, many times; fall apart but can be repaired. Also, the door panel, retaining clips, can break and then the door panel will come off.


Another issue, that eventually happens; is the door pull, will crack and break off the panel. There are a number of repair options for these; I have found the MotorKing metal handle, is the best solution and looks like the original handle, it will never break again.

MotorKing Metal Reinforced Door Panel Repair Kit Pair For 1998-2010 VW Beetle


The above, should fix; most of the common issues with the interior and once they are fixed, you will feel MUCH better, about using your car! :)

Wow! Thank you so much for your reply! This seriously helps a ton, I already went ahead and made an appointment with my local VW dealer to do an inspection. I’ll be sure to save all your links as well, I know I’ll be needing them for sure!” You’re seriously awesome!
 

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Thank you for this! I was considering taking it to a nearby vw dealer but wasn’t sure if it really needed it but this basically solidifies that I should do it! It does looks like the previous owner did a pretty decent job of taking care of it in the mechanical sense but an inspection wouldn’t hurt to check everything over. Quick question, and I’m sorry if it’s a dumb one, but do they charge for doing an inspection?
VW offers a overall inspection; for free but a "pre purchase inspection", maybe a more indepth type of inspection and that type, typically does cost some labor time.

Here is what VW calls a:

Multi-Point Inspection

Peace of mind for the road ahead.

Bring your vehicle in for a Multi-Point Inspection at NO CHARGE. From inspecting belts and hoses to checking tire pressure and battery terminals, our Volkswagen Certified Technicians will make sure your Volkswagen is in great shape.


Call your local VW dealer and discuss things with them; see, what they say and then, you might check with a independent shop, that specializes in VW's and see, what they charge for the same type of inspection. The VW dealers, will typically; write up a full detailed inspection and a estimate for needed repairs. Once, you get that; report back and we can discuss, the repair estimates and what you need to do, moving forward, to make the car safe, relatable, daily driver vehicle. You may need, a more "in depth" inspection of the car; then, the "free" one?
 

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VW offers a overall inspection; for free but a "pre purchase inspection", maybe a more indepth type of inspection and that type, typically does cost some labor time.

Here is what VW calls a:

Multi-Point Inspection

Peace of mind for the road ahead.

Bring your vehicle in for a Multi-Point Inspection at NO CHARGE. From inspecting belts and hoses to checking tire pressure and battery terminals, our Volkswagen Certified Technicians will make sure your Volkswagen is in great shape.


Call your local VW dealer and discuss things with them; see, what they say and then, you might check with a independent shop, that specializes in VW's and see, what they charge for the same type of inspection. The VW dealers, will typically; write up a full detailed inspection and a estimate for needed repairs. Once, you get that; report back and we can discuss, the repair estimates and what you need to do, moving forward, to make the car safe, relatable, daily driver vehicle. You may need, a more "in depth" inspection of the car; then, the "free" one?
Ah, I wasn’t aware of there being more than one kind of inspection! I’ll make sure to call the dealer tomorrow and see what they think would be best and how much they charge for a more in depth inspection
 

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Ask them and see, what they say; I haven't had one done and so, I don't know, if there are more then one type. When, my New Beetle; was under the factory warranty, I used to have them do my oil changes and they would inspect the car, tell me about any issues they found, which was a free inspection.
 

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Alrighty, so the previous owner was selling the car because it was the car his girlfriend drove but they recently found out she is pregnant and they want to upgrade to a more family friendly vehicle. My friend’s boyfriend has a friend who has all his own machines to work on cars. His girlfriend was pretty good about maintaining the car mechanically, but they didn’t fix any of the cosmetic stuff but that’s really it!

I really appreciate your post, it’s good to have a little reality check, especially with such a big investment in time/money!

Welcome. That’s a good reason to trade vehicles, two doors are hard to deal with getting kids in and out. Congratulations on your new car, these cars are fun and almost like a little sports car. My daughter loves hers and has been driving it for a little over 3 years now. Hers is white, like yours with the same grey interior.

There are a bunch of people here that know these cars fairly well, Billy being the primary go to guy, but others like smiley know quite a bit also and are willing to help with questions and problems the crop up. As billy pointed out these are older cars so you can expect some things to wear out or break. Once you get things fixed it’s a good idea to stay ahead of little problems before they become big ones.

I have a brother-in-law who will drive a vehicle that has a minor noise coming from a tire (brake pad wear sensor) until the noise gets unbearable and every brake part on the axle needs replacement instead of just the pads.
 

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Welcome. That’s a good reason to trade vehicles, two doors are hard to deal with getting kids in and out. Congratulations on your new car, these cars are fun and almost like a little sports car. My daughter loves hers and has been driving it for a little over 3 years now. Hers is white, like yours with the same grey interior.

There are a bunch of people here that know these cars fairly well, Billy being the primary go to guy, but others like smiley know quite a bit also and are willing to help with questions and problems the crop up. As billy pointed out these are older cars so you can expect some things to wear out or break. Once you get things fixed it’s a good idea to stay ahead of little problems before they become big ones.

I have a brother-in-law who will drive a vehicle that has a minor noise coming from a tire (brake pad wear sensor) until the noise gets unbearable and every brake part on the axle needs replacement instead of just the pads.
Once I’ve got everything fixed up I do plan on doing as you say and keeping up with maintaining it. I’ve already went ahead and scheduled an appointment with my local VW dealership so they’ll inspect the car and tell me what all needs to get done for it other than the cosmetic issues that I’ve listed.

I’m looking forward to spending more time on this site and getting help from everyone when I need it! Im hoping to get this car to daily driver status as soon as possible!
 
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