2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Poor build quality and transmi

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLS Convertible (2.0L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Poor build quality and transmission lets it down
By ricochet65 on


2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


2003 Convertible, lightly driven with 43000 miles.
Transmission failed, due to what now appears to be a known problem with the "valve body". VW support extremely poor. This car looks nice but has been nothing but trouble: windows do not work correctly, have been fixed twice, roof gets stuck and VW fitter wanted $1500 to repair (it took me 10 minutes to snap the loose clip back on and cost nothing - so much for service. Everything is a hassle to repair - battery is over $200, bulbs cannot be replaced easily, airbag light cost $250 to temporarily repair. If you want the beetle style spend the money on a restored air cooled one, from when VW knew how to make serviceable vehicles!

Best Features

Retro look

Worst Features

Listen to customers and offer a decent repair and warranty service.
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