2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Still Paying for Itself

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


This TDI was purchased with the intent of commuting. It returned 47 mpg the first two years of ownership but just 43 mpg since a new set of tires was put on at 60,000 miles. It starts right up in cold weather (as low as -8 F), handles well, and has more than enough power. The car is comfortable and has been dependable to date other than the repeated replacement of headlights (three in 65,000 miles). The interior has held up well despite the miles and three kids. I bought it as a leftover for $16,600 and it has proven to be very reliable. My uncle owns an auto 2002 TDI and gets 42 mpg. Mine is the 5-speed stick. I am looking for a second one for my teenage daughter.

Best Features

The great gas mileage, style, and practicality.

Worst Features

The cup holders are poorly designed. The rear seats should fold flat to horizontal.
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