2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: Is it a Lemon?

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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

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Is it a Lemon?
By Chel on


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


I bought this car used with only 20,000 miles on it. My first car was the old VW, and ever since they came out with the new models I always wanted one. In the 13,000 miles I have put on it in one year, I have taken it to the shop 10 times. The manufacturers warranty has now run out (not due to mileage, but to age) and now I have to use the extended warranty I purchased from Carmax. But they don't know how to fix VW's so I must pay extra to take it to a dealer! (I was never informed of this!) I have had electrical problems with the windows, top problems where it wouldn't go up or come down at times, overheating problems (3 times!), now I am finished! I am trading in this car tomorrow!

Best Features

Looks great when it runs, it is a fun car.

Worst Features

Fix the problems! When I bought this car, I had every intention of keeping it until it died on me. I had no idea it was dead when I bought it! I will never buy another VW!
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