Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle

2003 Highlights

Volkswagen makes the TDI and 150-horsepower 1.8T engines available on the base GL trim level. All GLs now come with power windows and cruise control, and the GL 1.8T and all GLS models get alloy wheels. Stability control (ESP), heated seats, and the Monsoon sound system will be available across the line. All models except the GL get a standard sunroof and a larger center console container, and the GL and GLS have new cloth upholstery. Note that last year's Sport model has been discontinued. All models have a more comfortable rear seat, a clock/temperature display on the rearview mirror and turn signals mounted on the outside mirrors. Finally, if you've been holding out for a Beetle convertible since 1998, your wait is almost over -- the first drop tops should arrive at the dealers just in time for, well, winter. The first ones will be 2.0 GL and GLS models in February 2003, 1.8T-equipped GLS and GLX models later in the spring.


  • Cute yet classic styling, range of engine choices, long list of standard features, good crash test scores.


  • Tight rear-seat accommodations, limited cargo room, high price of Turbo S model.

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Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible for Sale

Volkswagen New Beetle 2003 GLS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Platinum Gray Grey177,835 miles
Used 2003Volkswagen New BeetleGLS
Est.Loan: $116/mo
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"Take a look at this very nice and MARYLAND STATE INSPECTED 2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS! Great color combination with Platinum Gray Paint and Gray Leather Interior. Clean Auto History Report. Get great fuel economy with the 2.0L 4Cyl and 5-Speed Manual Transmission. Financing available. Call or email for more details. You will love our NO HAGGLE

Volkswagen New Beetle 2003 107,320 miles
Used 2003Volkswagen New BeetleGL 1.8T
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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Used 2003Volkswagen New BeetleGL
Est.Loan: $123/mo
Used 2003Volkswagen New BeetleGL
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Features & Specs

GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A)GLX 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)GLX 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower115 hp @ 5400 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm150 hp @ 5800 rpm150 hp @ 5800 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm150 hp @ 5800 rpm150 hp @ 5800 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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disposable car
I bought a 2003 convertible beetle with 60k. one week after driving it i notice a hard shift, a few days after an oil leak was noticed. I took it a Volkswagen dealer and they did a diagnostic and confirmed what I told them, suggested that I do a transmission fluid check and it could fix the problem I said BS. I had read all the complaints about this car and my mechanic also told me that I should have never bought it, he pointed out the the transmission could not be serviced and all of the hoses are made of plastic that with heat they become brittle and break.. so I took my loss and bought a Honda accord. don't buy this car is disposable. I would never buy a volkswagen again..
I love my convertible
Looking for a fun car that's sure to get people's heads turning? The Volkswagen new beetle convertible is it! This is the best car I've ever owned. It is reliable, sturdy, gets great gas mileage. I've had no problems with it. I would highly recommend this car! If you're thinking you see a bunch of bad reviews--try it for yourself, it may surprise you with how great it is. That's what I did, and it was the best choice. Good job Volkswagen!
2003 New Beetle Turbo
I bought our 2003 New Beetle Convertible Turbo with auto 6 speed in June 2003 for my wife's birthday. We had to go to Arlington, TX, to order one of the first to come into the USA. My wife has loved this car! The handling and comfort are great, and she loves to leave the pickemup drivers standing at the lights. We don't drive it much, but one highlight was trip from Huntsville, AL, to Ashville, NC, in October. But I worry a bit. There have been several service issues, including one coil recoil. The latest service, with 57,600 miles, was the appearance of Service Engine light. Dealer wants only $2200 to fix everything!
Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible Overview

The Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible is offered in the following styles: GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), GLX 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), GLS 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GLS 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GLX 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and GL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M).

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