Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel

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 Diesel 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 TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A)GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A)GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)
Transmission4-speed automatic5-speed manual4-speed automatic5-speed manual
Horsepower90 hp @ 3750 rpm90 hp @ 3750 rpm90 hp @ 3750 rpm90 hp @ 3750 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

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

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  • 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
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  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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This is/was our 2nd VW New Beetle TDI. Both 2003's. I can say that I've been very happy overall with both cars. The only downside is the maintenance expense compared to Toyota's. There has been zero unscheduled maintenance expense with every Toyota I've owned. BOTH Bugs: FUN to drive! More comfortable (I'm 6'3"). Great road trip car, for my wife and I with plenty of room for luggage with the back seat folded down. GREAT mileage (never less than 43 with everyday driving and up to 55mpg on road trips). We used it as a 2nd car and whoever had to drive the furthest that day.. WANTED the bug. Fun and cheap! Update: the beetle had great crash safety & performance. We were in an accident where a drunk driver pulled out in front of us & we hit him at nearly 70mph. We both survived.
Save your money!!
This is the worst car that I have ever owned. Repairs are as follows: Headlights 2 times,Disc brakes and rotors (at 30000 miles), Check engine light on constanly(costing $90.00 every time) EGR valve,Air dam,Brake switch,Fuel line freeze up at 25 degrees. Not to mention the 24/24 warranty.Dealer is tired of me coming back all the time. Save your money!!! Also... At 50000 miles it will cost you $500.00 to replace the timing belt.
Still Paying for Itself
This TDI was purchased with the intent of commuting. It returned 47 mpg the first two years of ownership but just 43 mpg since a new set of tires was put on at 60,000 miles. It starts right up in cold weather (as low as -8 F), handles well, and has more than enough power. The car is comfortable and has been dependable to date other than the repeated replacement of headlights (three in 65,000 miles). The interior has held up well despite the miles and three kids. I bought it as a leftover for $16,600 and it has proven to be very reliable. My uncle owns an auto 2002 TDI and gets 42 mpg. Mine is the 5-speed stick. I am looking for a second one for my teenage daughter.
Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel Overview

The Used 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Diesel is offered in the following styles: GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A), GLS TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M), GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A), and GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M).

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