2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: TDI Plus and Minus

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

210 Total Reviews

All Models

Build Quality
Reliability Value
TDI Plus and Minus
By Terry Thompson on


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


The TDI Beetle is a great idea, I bought it because I assumed it would get good mileage and last a long time. Yes and no. It generally gets good gas mileage but there is a problem. Our diesel fuel isn't all that good and the engine has a tendency to combine some of the bad components with carbon particles which, over time, ends up clogging the intake manifold. There has been a solution (a rather expensive one) but VW no longer supports it. You can get to about 30,000 - 40,000 miles before something has to be done. Know this going in, if VW figures out a solution to this problem, the car is a great buy, if they don't stay away.

Best Features

The engine has been updated and has more power for 2004. It is a great little car to drive and practical. The back seat folds down completely.

Worst Features

They have to figure out a solution to the fuel problem.
Recommend (0) (0)

Are you the author of this review?

Update Your Review
Report it
Comments (0) Post a Comment
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.


Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.