2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Too many repairs!

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLS Convertible (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Too many repairs!
By lvnlyf on


2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


I'm upset about the repairs I've had to have done. First the door handle, then the windows, then the convertible top, then another window. The list goes on. The interior is not impressive either. The door handles' plastic coating wore through. The cigarette lighter pop out (I don't smoke) won't shut properly. They said they just glue them shut (!). It looks great from afar, but the quality isn't there. But what really makes me mad is the $$ it has cost me to repair all the stuff. Dont buy one! No matter how fun it is to drive or how cute it looks with the top down, you might be looking at a lemon.

Best Features

The way the convertible top goes up and down is nifty. But when it costs over a thousand to repair it (mine won't go down anymore), I have mixed emotions.

Worst Features

Put some quality back in the workmanship! The interior could be nicer and better made for the price.
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