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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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By BugOut
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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20 months with only a tail light to burn out. Never back to the dealer for any repairs. Highly suggest replacing stock air filter with a K&N for a nice performance boost. I averave between 27 and 30 MPG. The only option I got is the great sounding Monsoon system. With the back seat down there is plenty of cargo room. Trips from MD to FL, and MD to Ont. Canada were very comfortable. The car holds it's value well. A lot of fun and safty.


Best Features

Looks, Handling, Monsoon sound system, reliability, sunroof, fuel ecconomy, overall fun. You have to smile when you look at the car.


Worst Features

A better map light would be nice. The paint seems to chip too easy when hit by a small stone.


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3rd Tow in the Month of June
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By Bug Hater
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Vehicle has been towed for the 3rd time in the month of June '04 - each time for repeated, but varied electrical problems. Not my idea of a "finely tuned German automobile". First repair took seven days due to parts availability and then vehicle only operated for five miles. Second repair was exactly 61 miles later, again another electrical problem. Repeated calls to Volkswagen CustomerCare center have only produced repeated apologies, but no solutions - At this point, I would not recommend this vehicle or wish my experiences on anyone.


Best Features

Wife and daughter think the car is cute, but I remind them it doesn't look so cute on the back of a tow truck - does it?


Worst Features

Fix the electrical problems, increase the training to your dealerships repair staff and stop the apologies at VW Customer Care and make your current customers satisfied - if you want them to buy another VW, ever again.


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By Kimberlee
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The car is a dream to drive and is always fun to be spotted in!


Best Features

the metallic green color and flower vase


Worst Features

the dash board is a little long


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By PilotRicky
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Fun to drive. Still gets smiles. Two airbags replaced already. One time check engine light kept coming on...was some module problem. Front turn signals have repeatedly messed up, (started blinking way too fast), dealer has never resolved the problem. Well built car, lots of fun. Needs the VR6 engine and all wheel drive to make it what I really want.


Best Features

two way power sun roof, heated leather seats, heated mirrors and windshield squirters, STYLING! fit and finish are very good, and the handling is great..a joy to drive. Also, the fold down and fully removeable rear seat..gives it lots of room for our camping equipment.


Worst Features

Fix the electrical bugs that keep popping up. FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (AWD), more power! (VR6 engine). more color choices...but...especially give this thing ALL WHEEL DRIVE!


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By teresa owens
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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So far I love my new Beetle The dealership also goes out of their way to make you happy. Seems that Volkswagon treats their customers different. Hubby and I have dealt with Chevorlet,Ford and Nisson Volkswagon has better customer service


Best Features

Love my sunroof. Love how the car handles easy to drive even in this Atlanta traffic also like the fact I have four airbags


Worst Features

You can fold the seats down in the back but the front seats have to be pushed up too far to fold it flat. My family is too tall for that lol


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