2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Cute, but at a pricy

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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Cute, but at a pricy
By sherry on


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


I have to say, I love my Beetle Convertible, but I am not impressed with VW's reliability or dealer service. In less than 19,000 miles my Beetle has COMPLETELY broken down twice, and I had to have it towed both times through roadside assistance. In fact the first one was on my way home from vacation in Florida, and the delay was not a pleasant expereience. So far I've had the entire ignition system replaced, new battery and alternator and most recently had to have the front bumper removed just to fix a broken sensor. (A "quick" 6 business day fix) I think VW is right on target with their design and engineering, but they just don't make it all work. I will not be buying another VW.

Best Features

The sverall design is great, solid feel to the materials and build. Quiet Interior with top up. Good safety features.

Worst Features

Make all of the overly complex systems actually work.
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