2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: My second Beetle

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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My second Beetle
By DallasDriver on


2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GLX 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I'm now on my second New Beetle. I've
never had any problems with the car
beyond a few minor complaints like the
placement of the cup holders or the
fact that the texture on the interior
door handles tends to wear off. Both of
mine have been the GLX trim. Plently of
power and a lot of fun to drive. I've
heard of people having mechanical
issues with New Beetles but I have to
wonder if perhaps some of it isn't

Best Features

The instrument lights with their red and blue hue are very visible at night and the engineering of the interior is first rate. Steering is very good and the compact size makes it a breeze to park.

Worst Features

The headlights are very difficult to change. The first time I had to do this it took me nearly two hours. Also, glove box is tiny and the placement of the armrest vs. the shifter could use some work.
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