2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Don't be Fooled by the Hype

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 4-speed Automatic)

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Don't be Fooled by the Hype
By Jeff A. on


2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


The heated seats don't work like they
have in the past. Dealer insists there
is a temperature sensor in the seats to
determine how hot the seat should be.
Even with the air-conditioning on in
freezing temperatures, the '5' setting
does not work at all. Not impressed
with the fuel economy in the cold
months. Averaging 21-22 mpg in the
city. Power windows have a tendancy to
roll back down after you've rolled them
up. Sluggish start after sitting
overnight. There is a wind vibration
inside the car if the sunroof is open
and traveling less than 20 mph. Very

Best Features

The dash lights have to be the coolest feature on the vehicle.

Worst Features

Interior design could be better accomodated for storage and and indash CD player. Cup holders still need to be redesigned. Allow more room in back for the seat to fully lay flat when the front seats are fully back.
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