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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback

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A bug I love to hate
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By sam74
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I love this car however the interior seats stain too easily. The paint is chipping off the interior door panels and door handles. Gunther VW repainted them at no charge. Headlight plastic cover came off for no apparrent reason while driving in Florida. The chip protectors are peeling off (cheap plastic film). Besides the cosmetic annoyances, I would definately purchase one again as it drives like a dream. Don't waste your money on the 2.0 turbo. Turbo lag, annoying sound of rear spoiler, and highprice tag. Will purchase a TDI next time around.


Favorite Features

Exterior, engine, and comfort.


Suggested Improvements

Interior plastic trim that chips off too easily. Headlights are a nightmare to fix. Seats stain from water spillage.


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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!


Favorite Features

the metallic green color and flower vase


Suggested Improvements

the dash board is a little long


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NOT AS FUN AS YOU THINK....
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By cathybee
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is the only car I have EVER wanted and after having it for a year, I will never own one again. I have had it in for repairs at least 20 times-- everything from a basic turn signal not working to the entire electronic system completing going. The driver's side window also malfunctioned---and when it was 30 degrees outside! Can you believe that for a car that's a year old? No thanks. Volkswagen can keep it.


Favorite Features

blue dash


Suggested Improvements

the visors block no sunlight whatsoever. The windows are curved up so high that when you go to swing the visor around, it doesn't reach 1/4 of the window! I constantly drive with my arm propped up on the ledge of the window so that my hand can block the light from my eyes.


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Excellent!!
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By Al226
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GL 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This car is amazing! I love it!


Favorite Features

Everything


Suggested Improvements

none that i can think of


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I Luv My Bug!!
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By Chrissstine
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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My only complaint is the cup holders... This is the first car I have ever owned that I wanted to keep immaculate..When the sunroof is open along with the side windows it feels like a convertible without the sun burning you up.... gas mileage..awesome....(I own a Surburban too!)...buy one you won't regret it..cheap to insure..it has a good safety rating...


Favorite Features

Sunroof, Key thing to unlock doors along with panic button.. that you can close all your windows with the key..heated seats...excellent radio, cools off fast..I'm sure it will heat up fast too..the seats do..


Suggested Improvements

to be able to fit a beach umbrella.. and more room to put a coffee cup. Also alittle higher with the arm rests and three seat belts in back.....


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