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By johnrushing on
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Turbo S 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I've owned my Turbo S for almost 6 years and have loved every minute of it.
I love the power the little 1.8t makes and how smooth the power comes on. I left mine stock up until last year and then started modifying it. I love the look on Mustang drivers when a little beetle pulls ahead of them.
The handling is great, like it's on rails, and the fuel economy is good.
Before modifying the engine I got my best mpg of 32 mpg by driving no faster than 65mph and not doing any jack rabbit starts.
With the mods I am still getting 29mpg.
I plan on keeping the beetle and seeing exactly what type of performance the 1.8t has in it, have seen a few putting out over 350hp and still very drivable.
The smoothness of the engine, the crisp sure shiftsof the 6 speed.
The way the car handles like it's on rails.
How cheap it is to work on.
Better plastic on the interior trim. Some cup holders that are actually usable.