Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle
List price range
$5,538 - $6,995
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle

Pros

  • Cute yet classic styling, range of engine choices, long list of standard features, good crash test scores.

Cons

  • Tight rear-seat accommodations, limited cargo room, high price of Turbo S model.
Volkswagen New Beetle years

Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle for Sale

Volkswagen New Beetle 2003 GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
85,592 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen New Beetle
GLS
(6)
Farrish Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
16.2 mi away
List$5,538
Est.Loan: $113/mo
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$152 Below Market
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Volkswagen New Beetle 2003 GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
177,835 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen New Beetle
GLS
Fitzgerald Volkswagen of Frederick Maryland
26.8 mi away
List$4,144
Est.Loan: $85/mo
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"Take a look at this very nice and MARYLAND STATE INSPECTED 2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS! Great color combination with Platinum Gray Paint and Gray Leather Interior. Clean Auto History Report. Get great fuel economy with the 2.0L 4Cyl and 5-Speed Manual Transmission. Financing available. Call or email for more details. You will love our NO HAGGLE
Volkswagen New Beetle 2003 GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
57,262 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen New Beetle
GL 1.8T
Aero Motors
56.8 mi away
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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Our 2003 Volkswagon New Beetle Convertible continues to draw admiration and enthusiasm from drivers like you, with its cute yet classic look in a beautiful Silver. This Beetle sports a 1.8L 4- cylinder engine that kicks out 115hp. Paired with a 6-Speed automatic transmission, our Front Wheel Drive boasts just enough power for zipping down the highway while scoring near 30mpg. Great news with today's gas prices!Our drop-top GLS trim sports endless fun features! Heated leather seats add a little plushness, plenty of power accessories make for easy adjustments, and keyless entry helps you enter more quickly. Add in daytime running lights, ABS, and rollover support for extra security, and this Beetle can put a smile on any driver's face!Our Beetle will win you over with its nimbleness, sporty look, and fun factor. So are you ready to smile? Print this page and call us Now... We Know You Will Enjoy Your Test Drive Towards Ownership!

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The image car in VW's lineup, the New Beetle offers a unique combination of safety, fun and upscale features for its price range.

vehicle overview

When the Golf-based Volkswagen New Beetle debuted, America went bonkers over it. It was cute. It was retro. It reminded people of their youth, free love and smoking lots of, well, you know. But that was five years ago. Just like Saint Bernard puppies, cars grow old. And unless something is done to keep the interest up, the buying public's fascination wears off. Indeed, New Beetle sales have cooled considerably since 1998. Last year, Volkswagen energized the lineup with the introduction of the Turbo S. Building off the GLX 1.8T model, the Turbo S has a more powerful engine, a more aggressive-looking body and unique interior treatments. Indeed, the Turbo S is the most powerful and sporting New Beetle ever offered in the United States. Accordingly, it's also the most expensive. The New Beetle is entering its sixth season for 2003. At this point, many small cars get a full makeover. Instead, VW will rely on the Beetle's large array of standard features, premium cabin furnishings and playful on-road demeanor to keep the nameplate competitive. The availability of the TDI and 1.8T engines at the base GL trim level should make the car more appealing to shoppers who prize value above image. More importantly, the long-awaited convertible version will finally make its appearance midway through the model year with such features as a power-folding cloth top, a rollover protection system and, a first in the price range, a six-speed automatic transmission.

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle configurations

For 2003, the available trim levels include the GL, GLS, GLX and Turbo S. The GL comes with air conditioning; cassette stereo; four-wheel antilock disc brakes; side airbags; 16-inch wheels; power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; seat-height adjusters; a telescoping steering wheel and a bud vase on the dash. Options include stability control (ESP), a premium Monsoon sound system, heated front seats and a dealer-installed CD changer. The GLS adds a sunroof, a center armrest with storage, alloy wheels (also available on the GL 1.8T) and foglights. Besides all the GL options, you can get leather or a trim package with sport seats and interior accents that match the exterior paint (GLS 1.8T buyers can also get 17-inch wheels). Step up to the GLX and leather, Monsoon sound, rain-sensing wipers and a self-dimming rearview mirror are included; ESP and 17-inch wheels are optional. The Turbo S adds standard 17s, a sport-tuned suspension, metallic-colored trim, distinctive body add-ons and a rear spoiler that deploys at 45 mph. Convertibles will be offered in GL, GLS, and GLX trim; the first ones to arrive will be GLS models. A power-folding cloth top will be available.

2003 Highlights

Volkswagen makes the TDI and 150-horsepower 1.8T engines available on the base GL trim level. All GLs now come with power windows and cruise control, and the GL 1.8T and all GLS models get alloy wheels. Stability control (ESP), heated seats, and the Monsoon sound system will be available across the line. All models except the GL get a standard sunroof and a larger center console container, and the GL and GLS have new cloth upholstery. Note that last year's Sport model has been discontinued. All models have a more comfortable rear seat, a clock/temperature display on the rearview mirror and turn signals mounted on the outside mirrors. Finally, if you've been holding out for a Beetle convertible since 1998, your wait is almost over -- the first drop tops should arrive at the dealers just in time for, well, winter. The first ones will be 2.0 GL and GLS models in February 2003, 1.8T-equipped GLS and GLX models later in the spring.

Performance & mpg

GL and GLS buyers can choose one of three engines. First up is a 115-horsepower, ULEV-certified 2.0-liter inline four. More interesting is the 1.9-liter diesel four (called TDI) that gets up to 49 mpg on the highway (and makes an impressive 155 pound-feet of torque) or the powerful 150-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged four (called the 1.8T). All of these engines have adequate power for easy city driving, though the 1.8T is the most fun, and it provides fuel economy on par with the base 2.0-liter -- it's standard on the GLX. A five-speed manual and four-speed automatic are available at all trim levels. The performance-oriented Turbo S comes only with a 180-hp version of the 1.8T paired with a six-speed manual. New Beetle Convertibles will be available with the 2.0-liter and the 150-hp 1.8T and either a five-speed manual or a segment-first six-speed automatic.

Safety

Side airbags are standard, but unlike its Golf platform mate, the Beetle doesn't offer head curtain airbags -- which may account for its three-star rating in NHTSA's rear side-impact category. Otherwise, the Beetle is a model of safety, having earned five stars in both frontal impact categories and a "Good" rating (and "Best Pick" status) from the IIHS for the offset crash. Convertibles will have a rollover protection system.

Driving

Like other VWs, the Beetle is fun to drive but comfortable for long trips. The Turbo S has a slightly stiffer suspension -- it's still too soft for performance freaks, but just about right for most drivers.

Interior

Though smaller inside than the Golf, the Beetle (seats four, 12 cubic feet of hatch space) compensates with style: its tablelike dashboard, huge circular speedometer and round vents distinguish it from everything else on the road. Cabin materials are high in quality.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

disposable car
ruizd,06/14/2011
I bought a 2003 convertible beetle with 60k. one week after driving it i notice a hard shift, a few days after an oil leak was noticed. I took it a Volkswagen dealer and they did a diagnostic and confirmed what I told them, suggested that I do a transmission fluid check and it could fix the problem I said BS. I had read all the complaints about this car and my mechanic also told me that I should have never bought it, he pointed out the the transmission could not be serviced and all of the hoses are made of plastic that with heat they become brittle and break.. so I took my loss and bought a Honda accord. don't buy this car is disposable. I would never buy a volkswagen again..
I love my convertible
CK,07/01/2010
Looking for a fun car that's sure to get people's heads turning? The Volkswagen new beetle convertible is it! This is the best car I've ever owned. It is reliable, sturdy, gets great gas mileage. I've had no problems with it. I would highly recommend this car! If you're thinking you see a bunch of bad reviews--try it for yourself, it may surprise you with how great it is. That's what I did, and it was the best choice. Good job Volkswagen!
My Horror Story
azuki,03/19/2014
This was my first car at the age of 18. When I got my Beetle, it had about 72,000 miles on it, and not even 4 months after receiving it, the problems began. Immediately, my transmission died completely. My warranty company gave me a $4,000 check and voided my warranty after seeing the $12,000 repair bill. Then, the battery died. Twice. As did the alternator and air conditioning. My rear window also got stuck and that would have cost me 4 hours of labor fees just to get to the broken bits. It's not like I drove it a lot - over a course of 3 years I didn't even drive 10,000 miles. For the love of god, stay away from this car. It is one problem after another, literally every 3-5 months. Update: It has been two years since I got my new car. I have named it "Not Beetle," and have had zero problems with it. Turns out the secret of German engineering is to buy a Korean car instead.
2003 New Beetle Turbo
iatros,11/16/2012
I bought our 2003 New Beetle Convertible Turbo with auto 6 speed in June 2003 for my wife's birthday. We had to go to Arlington, TX, to order one of the first to come into the USA. My wife has loved this car! The handling and comfort are great, and she loves to leave the pickemup drivers standing at the lights. We don't drive it much, but one highlight was trip from Huntsville, AL, to Ashville, NC, in October. But I worry a bit. There have been several service issues, including one coil recoil. The latest service, with 57,600 miles, was the appearance of Service Engine light. Dealer wants only $2200 to fix everything!
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Features & Specs

MPG
19 city / 23 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
150 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
115 hp @ 5400 rpm
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
150 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
115 hp @ 5400 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Overview

The Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle is offered in the following submodels: New Beetle Hatchback, New Beetle Convertible, New Beetle Diesel. Available styles include GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Turbo S 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M), GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 4A), GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A), GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 4A), GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A), GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GL 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 4A), GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M), GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A), GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M), GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), GLX 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), GL 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GLX 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M).

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Save up to $218 on one of 3 Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $4,144 as of12/11/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from4.3 to 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle trim styles:

  • The Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS is priced between $4,144 and$5,538 with odometer readings between 85592 and177835 miles.
  • The Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 1.8T is priced between $6,995 and$6,995 with odometer readings between 57262 and57262 miles.

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