2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Not suited to the weaker sex

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Not suited to the weaker sex
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


The convertible top is the reason to buy but it is not easy to use. The handle to pull and latch the top is hard for a woman to use. Likewise when the top is down the cover boot for the top is required to be in place and it too is difficult to latch. The cover boot was replaced for a better fit but still suffers from difficulty to push the latches into the locking slots. Dealer suggestion to place the boot cover on while heated up is a joke!

Best Features

Car looks good with top down and shows its cute style. Interior is functional and quiet for a rag top. Rag top power feature works well. Car sticks to the road with the wide tires.

Worst Features

Make the top easier to latch. Change the fastening on the cover boot to velcrow or some easier method. The power top is a great feature but you still have to get out to place the cover in place, a built in cover would be nice or dispense with the need to cover the top.
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