2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Happy Fat Man

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

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Happy Fat Man
By Chanman on


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


Our Beetle is a 2003 Convertible GLS
with leather and a six-speed automatic.

This past Fall my wife and I took our
2003 Beetle Convertible on an 18 day,
5000 mile excursion to Yellowstone, the
Grand Canyon and most points in
between. We packed a week's change of
clothes for warm and cool weather, plus
a cooler packed with drinks, food, and
cameras, ect. NO PROBLEM!!

I am a big, big man, pushing 400lbs.
Yet we were both very comfortable and
the car performed without flaw. Let me
tell you...there is nothing like the
Rockies in a rag-top!!

Best Features

After having several other smaller rag- tops, like a Miata, we appreciate the automatic convertible top which is fast, easy and with no leaks! We also like the heated leather seats and the new six-speed automatic which gives the car more "pep" than the auto it replaces.

Worst Features

The automatic top sequence initiates the lowering of the power windows a inch or so before the top lifts. The windows have required dealer adjustments several times. The automatic transmission seems uncertain when it shifts from first to second, especially when cold.
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