2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Consumer Review: What a Surprize!

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Consumer Review

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GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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What a Surprize!
By Moab on


2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


I compared the New Beetle TDI with the
Mini Cooper. The Beetle won out as to
ride, handling, and economy. The panel
instrumentation was also better. What
won us over was the ease of getting the
Beetle it serviced. The dealer also
gave a deal on oil changes that was
less than Jiffy Lube quoted for 100K

I wish the low fuel light didn't come
on with 125 miles left on the tank

Best Features

Fuel milage exceeds the 42/49 about projected. I drove the bug on a 1500 mile round trip and got 51 miles to the gal at 75 mph. I get 47 in mixed driving. I wish I had the ESP option. The radio is very good.

Worst Features

Change fuel warning light to reflect the Diesel added range over the gas model. Don't get the light grey seats. They stain too easy.
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