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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Reviews

3.2
Average based on 25 reviews
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Turbo "S"

by from Utah on December 27, 2009

In one month I'll have owned this car for seven years, and it has been super. Runs great in all seasons, climbs mountain highways with ease, handles and rides very nice for a smaller car. And it still...
In one month I'll have owned this car for seven years, and it has been super. Runs great in all seasons, climbs mountain highways with ease, handles and rides very nice for a smaller car. And it still averages about 30 mpg (mostly city driving) with the original factory performance upgrades.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Cute, peppy and reliable

by 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 ...
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 several Michigan Upper Peninsula winters and has never needed the battery jumped or had trouble in deep snow. I sent her off to college with purchased road service but she never needed to use it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Reliability,good driving,safety and saves gas

by from texas on December 22, 2011

great good car.reliability and to gas efficiency.Whatelse,you just needs to driving this sleek beauty,easy sharp turns as to safety,comfortabilty as to interior and exterior,absolutely gorgeous.Drives...
great good car.reliability and to gas efficiency.Whatelse,you just needs to driving this sleek beauty,easy sharp turns as to safety,comfortabilty as to interior and exterior,absolutely gorgeous.Drives real good.I bought mine used,2003,having currently 97k n stills drives great without any problems.Only issues is headlights may needs changing since is periodically on and in auto.Switch it off,should yous comes with that and when you day driving because you absolutely don`t needs headlights to day driving,makes sense.?Yeah!Would recommeds to friends.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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I Have 3 and LOVE THEM

by from CA on January 21, 2011

My company Planet Solar has 3 TDI Beetles and I love them. Bought them ranging from 40k miles to 120k miles. Sure the fit and finish gets a bit worn, a few rattles while driving, over 120k miles, but ...
My company Planet Solar has 3 TDI Beetles and I love them. Bought them ranging from 40k miles to 120k miles. Sure the fit and finish gets a bit worn, a few rattles while driving, over 120k miles, but so does my Mercedes. But that diesel motor is bullet-proof and will go forever! Bottom line, I'll probably buy 3 more this year.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Love the look but hate the car

by from Texas on November 22, 2013

I have wanted a bug for longer than I can remember, I got in a wreck and totaled my old car and bought a 2203 beetle with under 80,000 miles. I was in love with this car. Then things started going dow...
I have wanted a bug for longer than I can remember, I got in a wreck and totaled my old car and bought a 2203 beetle with under 80,000 miles. I was in love with this car. Then things started going down hill, no one except the vw dealership with work on this car. And the dealership charges an arm and two legs for mechanical or any other work. Mine was a convertible, which is overrated, such a hassle, I've had the car a year and a half and have put the top down maybe 4 times. I had the car a week and the convertible too was down and I couldn't get it to go back up, so a free days and $1000 dollars later the top worked and I never put it down after that. Lights on the dashboard went out, the car smelt like plastic, which other be I've been in have had the same smell. The battery died all the time, was replaced and still was shotty. Not worth the hassle or the money.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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So much fun to drive!

by from North Reading, MA on September 3, 2013

We are the third owners of this 10-year old car and it's in great condition, we bought it with fewer than 36 K miles on it; it still has its plastic flower! My daughter has always wanted a Beetle and ...
We are the third owners of this 10-year old car and it's in great condition, we bought it with fewer than 36 K miles on it; it still has its plastic flower! My daughter has always wanted a Beetle and after reading the reviews about expensive maintenance, I tried to steer her in another direction, but we saw this car and it was in such great shape and the previous owners had put a fair amount of money into it, so hopefully we'll be lucky. We've only had it about 10 weeks and had the rear brakes done after having it checked over as soon as we bought it . They were grabbing and are fine now. There is a slow leak in the wiper fluid reservoir that will need attention at some point, but it'll wait until something more major needs work as the engine compartment is so tight that it will require professional expertise. We all want to drive the car, it's a blast with the Turbo, super-peppy and handles well and very comfortable seats. The ventilation system is powerful and efficient, cools us down within seconds of turning on the A/C. The blind spot is a big one, so one has to look carefully. Head room in front is wonderful, better than our Subarus, not so in the rear seats. The front seats move forward very easily, so it's not hard to get in and out unless you're very tall. The cup holder in front is not in the best place, as has been mentioned, but we just found out that the base swivels towards the passenger side so at least one taller cup can fit into it. There's not a lot of ground clearance, so you have to be careful with steep driveways and tall speed bumps or you can scrape the plastic shield under the engine. Other than that, it's a great, solid little car, and we hope to enjoy driving it for years to come!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Fun car to drive, has it's quirks

by from Fort Wayne, IN on May 5, 2009

I have the 2003 GLX. The turbo is a blast to drive, and the matching leather interior is great. The car has it's quirks, mostly dealing with the lights on the car. One of the rear brake lights keeps g...
I have the 2003 GLX. The turbo is a blast to drive, and the matching leather interior is great. The car has it's quirks, mostly dealing with the lights on the car. One of the rear brake lights keeps going out, even after replacing the needed brake switch with the improved one. I've replaced a headlight and turn signal as well. As far as problems go, these are minor to deal with. The traction control does well in ice and snow, and the sound system is good too.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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i love my beetle

by from on July 28, 2015

i own a 2003 vw new beetle gls turbo, automatic and i love it !!!!!!!!!!! air conditioner is awesome!! i love leather seats and it's a convertible. its an easy fun car to drive
i own a 2003 vw new beetle gls turbo, automatic and i love it !!!!!!!!!!! air conditioner is awesome!! i love leather seats and it's a convertible. its an easy fun car to drive
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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The Best Over all Car I ve ever owned

by from Dallas, TX on February 26, 2007

This is gotta be one of my favorite cars. Its not a sports car but it has great get up and go, its fits anywhere and its very uinque. It gets great gas mileage and when the seats folded flat I fit an ...
This is gotta be one of my favorite cars. Its not a sports car but it has great get up and go, its fits anywhere and its very uinque. It gets great gas mileage and when the seats folded flat I fit an entire sears shop box in the car!!!! The salesman though i was kidding but it fit all four levels of it in the car. Maintainance is cheap to. My old ford cost more to maintain and repair then my beetle. Go figure? Anyways best investment I ever made!
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Does recommend this car

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Run Away, Run Away

by from Columbia, Maryland on December 9, 2007

We bought the New Beetle Convertible as a fun run around kind of car. It is primarily used by an older daughter (21) who has experienced nothing but trouble. Roomy with lots of extras. With the top up...
We bought the New Beetle Convertible as a fun run around kind of car. It is primarily used by an older daughter (21) who has experienced nothing but trouble. Roomy with lots of extras. With the top up, the ride is loud. Break light, air bag light and window problems have occured more than once. The guides for the convertible have broken several times. Rear window was loose and replaced...can't wait for the cost of repairs now that we're out of warranty.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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