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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback

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By BugOut
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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20 months with only a tail light to
burn out. Never back to the dealer
for any repairs. Highly suggest
replacing stock air filter with a
K&N for a nice performance boost.
I averave between 27 and 30 MPG. The
only option I got is the great
sounding Monsoon system. With the
back seat down there is plenty of
cargo room. Trips from MD to FL,
and MD to Ont. Canada were very
comfortable. The car holds it's value
well. A lot of fun and safty.


Best Features

Looks, Handling, Monsoon sound system, reliability, sunroof, fuel ecconomy, overall fun. You have to smile when you look at the car.


Worst Features

A better map light would be nice. The paint seems to chip too easy when hit by a small stone.


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Best car ever!
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By vwbeetles2
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback Turbo S 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I love this car!! have had absolutely
zero problems with it! i had previously
owned a 2001 NB turbo and had minor
problems with that one but this one has
been problem free. so much fun to drive
and i refuse to let other people drive
because i always have so much fun! very
fast and sporty, yet comfortable and
refined. feels like a more expensive
car. definately buy a bra for your car
because i already have seen what
happened to my previous car with the
bugs that don't come off, scratches,
and paint chips.


Best Features

everything!


Worst Features

i miss the old blue dash lighting from my other beetle...why did they change it to white?


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3rd Tow in the Month of June
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By Bug Hater
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Vehicle has been towed for the 3rd
time in the month of June '04 - each
time for repeated, but varied
electrical problems. Not my idea of
a "finely tuned German automobile".
First repair took seven days due to
parts availability and then vehicle
only operated for five miles. Second
repair was exactly 61 miles later,
again another electrical problem.
Repeated calls to Volkswagen
CustomerCare center have only produced
repeated apologies, but no solutions -
At this point, I would not recommend
this vehicle or wish my experiences on
anyone.


Best Features

Wife and daughter think the car is cute, but I remind them it doesn't look so cute on the back of a tow truck - does it?


Worst Features

Fix the electrical problems, increase the training to your dealerships repair staff and stop the apologies at VW Customer Care and make your current customers satisfied - if you want them to buy another VW, ever again.


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Not a Satisfied Customer
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By Margarita06
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I purchased a 2003 new beetle in Dec.
of 2002.I rated this car so low because
there was a malfunction in my vehicle
that caused it to "melt down"&almost
caught on fire.This happened after a
year of driving my car.After taking it
to the dealership, they said that
because the"melt down"is considered a
fire, it voided the manufacture
warranty.My insurance co.determined
that the cause of the incident was due
to a manufacture's defect.After
reporting this to Volkswagon America,I
was told that there was nothing that
could be done.I was not satisfied with
the reliability of the vehicle and
there is a chance that this can happen
to other customers.


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Super B.
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By skiman
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hatchback Turbo S 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

The Turbo S is very fun to drive and has
been a very reliable automobile. I love
the cars overall design but would make a
few slight improvements. Great handling
and performance, "don't be afraid to
drive it to the limit". You'll be
impressed with the Turbo S's high speed
maneuverability. The faster you go the
more fun this car is!


Best Features

ESP. High speed obstacle handling. Throttle response at higher speeds.


Worst Features

Improve take off turbo lag by finding new style turbo valves. Despite eibach style sport springs could use a little stiffer suspension and 1 1/2 inches lowering to improve handling even more. Replace HX/MX Michelin tires with a more responsive traction control tire.


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