• (3.3) 27 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,731$7,579
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 26-45
  • Engine: 115-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take on the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle

Our Take

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

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There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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