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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle
Available Price Range $2,170-$7,278 Trims12 Combined MPG 26-45 Seats 4

Our Take on the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Early in 2002, a sporty new Turbo S edition of the New Beetle joined the lineup. This model is equipped with a turbocharged, high-output, 180-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed-manual transmission. A New Beetle with the turbocharged, 150-hp 1.8-liter engine also remains o... Read Full Report


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When Volkswagen debuted the new convertible version of its popular Beetle last fall, it touted the "spiritual connections" of this latest model of the mythical "people's car." That's not just hype. The Beetle Convertible manages to strike the perfect emotional chord, especially for baby boomers who fondly remember the old robin's-egg blue or beige original Beetle convertibl... Read full review for the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle

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Cute, peppy and reliable

by FunkeeFiji from Grand Rapids, MI on June 14, 2011

I have owned a Bug for about 7 years-first a 2002 that was smashed by a wild Grand Cherokee and then a 2003. My daughter and I have had very few problems with them...in fact, the 2003 has sat through ... Read Full Review

12 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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