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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback

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Never again
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By twilliams
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought car w/only 17,000 miles-1 owner. Brakes/front needed new w/rotors @ 37,000 miles. R/brakes w/rotors @ 58,000. R/hatch takes 2-3 hits to release. Have had 4 low beam bulbs burn out! Dealer charges $$$ 2 replace. Check engine light on, thermostat eng. Temp light on yet nothing wrong at all. Interior continues to fall apart- radio presets, visor clip, hand brake knob, dash vent close knob, tilt/tele. Rubber knob loose, glove comp. Latch ready to fall apart anytime now. Will never buy a Volkswagen again no matter what model. Have a few months to pay off, then selling it before it fails me for good. I maintain my cars well & drive them easy. Worst car ever owned- period.


Best Features

steering on highway has great feel. brakes good too yet wear out quickly for a light car.


Worst Features

I don't think building in Mexico is the problem. It's Volkswagen. poor materials, shoddy engineering, and lack of quality overall.


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Worst car I've ever owned
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By Glenn Acheson
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This car is the worst car I've ever owned. The transmission shifts hard when its warm - dealer says that's normal. When shifting from Reverse to Drive or vice versa, you have to wait several seconds for it to engage. Replacing the battery was a royal pain, not to mention expensive. Replacing one of the front headlights was even worse. Now one of the front lenses has fallen off... The front left turn signal fell out of place from some clip that's broken. Now the check engine light is on - who knows how much THAT's going to cost. Performance is wretched, even for a 4 cyl. Mileage is only 25 mpg hwy. My 6 cyl 2000 Taurus gets 28!!!


Best Features

none


Worst Features

Power train Interior (sun visors that actually work???) Quality of design and product...


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Fun loving car
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By tigger
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Great car. Love to drive it and enjoy
all of the smiles I get from people on
the streets. Very reliable and very
comfy.


Best Features

6 cd changer, blue lights in the car at night, sunroof


Worst Features

Just wish they had the on star system avalible in the 03 models.


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2003 Bug - Sunroof
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By Bragi
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I have enjoyed driving my 2003 bettle
ever since I purchased it. The interior
and exterior are both great and it is a
lot of fun to drive. The interstates in
Louisiana are often warped because of
the hot temperatures and the bug does
not handle the bumps well at high speed,
other than that I don't have any
complaints. It is a very reliable
vehicle. The bottom clearance is low for
the vechicle so you have to watch out
for that. The trunk space is small but
adequate and the fold-back rear seats
provide more room if necessary. I enjoy
having the windshield further away from
the driver as it gives a more spacious
feeling.


Best Features

The sunroof and flower vase are my favorite features. The steel body construction is also a nice feature.


Worst Features

Better shocks would be nice, if you have to drive over worn streets. More headroom in the back seat would also be an improvement. The stereo system is ok but I prefer satellite radio.


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my next car will be another "new beetle"
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By Jose Diogo
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I love this car so much that my next
car will be an organe new beetle 2004.
(maybe convertible...)


Best Features

fuel economy looks reliability


Worst Features

i little higher from the ground. I have hit the side lower part of my new beetle to the corner 02 times, because car is too low.


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