2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: My Horror Story

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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My Horror Story
By azuki on


2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


This was my first car at the age of 18. When I got my Beetle, it had about 72,000 miles on it, and not even 4 months after receiving it, the problems began. Immediately, my transmission died completely. My warranty company gave me a $4,000 check and voided my warranty after seeing the $12,000 repair bill. Then, the battery died. Twice. As did the alternator and air conditioning. My rear window also got stuck and that would have cost me 4 hours of labor fees just to get to the broken bits. It's not like I drove it a lot - over a course of 3 years I didn't even drive 10,000 miles. For the love of god, stay away from this car. It is one problem after another, literally every 3-5 months.

It has been two years since I got my new car. I have named it "Not Beetle," and have had zero problems with it. Turns out the secret of German engineering is to buy a Korean car instead.

Best Features

  • Fuel economy

Worst Features

  • Active safety
  • Headlights
  • Climate control
  • Entertainment
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation
  • Purchase cost
  • Resale value
  • Maintenance cost
  • Warranty

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