I bought this as my first car thinking I was being smart by buying something with good fuel econemy and reliability. I love to drive the car when it's working properly.For the first two months or so, she provided me with all of that until one day, during rush hour traffic, the car lost ALL power completely. After that, car SLAMS into gear. Now, the car likes to do that randomly in awful places. The turbo lag on a hot day is ridiculous. I feel like I'm going to be killed sometime soon. And also, all the plastic finishes in the interior break.
Car is made extremely cheep. Oh yea, german engineering? It's made in MEXICO if that explains the awesome reliability haha
My leather is beautiful blue matching the exterior color of the car. Turbo is awesome when it's not lagging. And also, you'll probably never get pulled over because really? What cop is suspicious of a bug?
The cup holders are in an awful place. Can't even fit a big gulp! If you're going to make a tiny econemy car, at least make it with fuel econemy over 25 mpg. My moms SUV does better than my car!
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
2003 Convertible, lightly driven with 43000 miles.
Transmission failed, due to what now appears to be a known problem with the "valve body". VW support extremely poor. This car looks nice but has been nothing but trouble: windows do not work correctly, have been fixed twice, roof gets stuck and VW fitter wanted $1500 to repair (it took me 10 minutes to snap the loose clip back on and cost nothing - so much for service. Everything is a hassle to repair - battery is over $200, bulbs cannot be replaced easily, airbag light cost $250 to temporarily repair. If you want the beetle style spend the money on a restored air cooled one, from when VW knew how to make serviceable vehicles!
Listen to customers and offer a decent repair and warranty service.
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I have had more problems with this car
than I had with my prior car that I had
for 7 years. I have had the dashboard
replaced twice, the stereo replaced 4
times, the keys replaced once. Also 2x
in the last year the car didnt start,
for no reason. Then when it did it,
the entire dashboard was lit up, hence
the 2x replacing the dashboard.
I purchased a 2003 new beetle in Dec.
of 2002.I rated this car so low because
there was a malfunction in my vehicle
that caused it to "melt down"&almost
caught on fire.This happened after a
year of driving my car.After taking it
to the dealership, they said that
because the"melt down"is considered a
fire, it voided the manufacture
warranty.My insurance co.determined
that the cause of the incident was due
to a manufacture's defect.After
reporting this to Volkswagon America,I
was told that there was nothing that
could be done.I was not satisfied with
the reliability of the vehicle and
there is a chance that this can happen
to other customers.
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