Purchased this 2003 Beetle with 39k on 12-31-08 for daughter. I've had to replace three coil packs, the 4th was already replaced when the car was purchased. VW had a problem with issue, but told me this car was not covered under the recall back during 2003. I was also told that I could take this car to the dealer and pay $100.00 to get the codes read and if I keep the receipts and if they ever do recall this issue, then I could send in for a refund. I decided to use the $100.00 code fee and purchase new coil packs. I did buy a code scanner off of eBay for less than $30.00, it reads and clears the Check Engine Light after you make the repair. This car has the 1.8T engine.
Looks good, handles great when running like it's supposed to.
Replace all 4 coils when the first one goes out. They cost $44.77 each at the dealer and can be purchased online for about $25.00 each, if you can wait a couple of days for the shipping. By the way, did I tell you that this car only has 39K on it.