2003 Volkswagen Beetle User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Beetle Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 17 reviews
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
CONS
"small space" 3 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"seat" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews

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Erika writes:
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It gets great gas mileage, which is very helpeful considering how high prices are these days!  As I previously mentioned it has heated seats, which are awesome in the winter!  There's more pros in the review!

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It can be a pain to make some repairs because it isn't built like a typical car.  

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A Very Fun Car To Drive! — This is the first car I've ever had and I love!! It's so much fun to drive! I have don't have a convertible but there is a sun roof. The front seats are heated so I have almost instant heat in the winter!! I am dork and I change the flowers in the vase according to the season! Beetles look small but a lot can fit in them! I can flatten the back seat so there's lots of storage room! Best of all I have a six disk CD changer, so I always have lots of songs available!! It's also great when it's hard to find a place to park because I can take that small space that everone else is afraid of not fitting in...well most of the time!!

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miss_Blizzle writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDi Review
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This car costs about $45 to fill, and you can get up to 800 miles/tank!!! This car literally pays for itself in fuel efficiency. Another fun thing about diesel engines, you only need an oil change every 5,000-7,500 miles, unlike regular fuel.  The color is super fun, and I've had custom pinstriping on the hood, and down the sides. Custom rims are pretty slick, also.

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This car is NOT fast. If you're looking for something that's going to blast off the line at a quick pace, this is not you're car. The back seat isn't tall people friendly, they week definitely hit their head whenever the car goes over a bump (or hits a pothole)!

miss_Blizzle
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Cool Commuter Car — I'm going to miss this car with all of my being. It was a great ride, and I'm sad to let her go! Since I'm no longer working out of town, it didn't make any sense for me to keep this car. I'm sorry to have to downsize, but it's time.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeanine writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S Review
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Is Awesome

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Read my Blurb

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Beetle Turbo S — The Performance is really pretty awesome, it does very well on straight aways and up hill, down hill, and around tough curves. its wide stance seems to help a lot with balance. Build Quality- i have had to replace the door latch because it shorted out, but found everything I needed on VWvortex.com That site is a GodSend I had to replace the belly pans because I hit ice and it tore into my belt...it seems to be a Warm Weather Car, but still handles really well in the snow. The Appearance is really cute with the blinkers in the front like Freckles and when I replaces the headlights i could change light color in the blinkers there and just connect then to my funning lights. Anything that breaks is rather pricey but VW has Quality parts. Over all this is an awesome car and I wouldn't trade it for anything!!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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3wildcats writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GL TDi Review
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AWESOME gas mileage, fun to drive

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Cheap knobs inside, NO room in the backseat

3wildcats
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Fun Car To Drive, Handles Nice, Always Get Lots Of Compliments On This Car! — We special ordered this new beetle that runs on diesel. We get 45 - 55 miles per gallon which is awesome with today's economy! It handles awesome and is fun to drive. The only real downfall is how cheaply the interior knobs are. We've had them fixed a couple times while it was still under warranty. We were thinking of trading it for a diesel passat, but the VW salesman suggested going with a Nissan or Toyota car because of the cheap interier in the VW cars. Decided we'd just keep the bug and plan to use it for our son when he starts to drive in a couple years. Very reliable!

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Crystal writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Convertible Review
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way cute

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cupholders, lol, and not enough vrrrooom vrrrooom

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I Like It, But I'd Prefer More Power :) — it's a love hate relationship. love the 'cute' aspect of it, and the fact that EVERYONE i know can spot me...they all know my car. But I have had problems with lights, and other electrical things...and a problem with the room detaching from the rear window. 0.0. also, there are quite a few blind spots in the car, but it just takes time getting used to.

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Scott writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S Review
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3

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Fun, cool, fast production bug

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noisy rear spoiler, turning radius, sunshades, huge windshield and dashboard

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Sportiest Production Bug. Fun, Hot Wheels — Fun, eye catching, fast bug. Great Reflex Yellow color. This car was fun and always had people looking. Have to love the bug culture and the people. Just plain fun and peppy and hippyish... gotta love that. Great gas mileage. Negatives: huge dashboard and front windshield, sunshades often useless, bad turning radius

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Chris writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDi Review
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MPG

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SPACE

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Operating Cost To Mpg Ratio Is Fantastic — Great power and economy from 90 horses. Cheap to operate and maintain. Road noise and sagging doors from design misfire were only complaints..and two doors are no good for 5 person family..not a problem if you are a family of circus clowns.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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aryanasample writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLX Convertible Review
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Super fun car to have during the summer - Drives also very well in snow - surprisingly very spacious in front & back -  Very easy to drive and park-

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Not suitable for a big family -

aryanasample
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Mellow Yellow — I loved this car in the summer and on warm days also for those nights you just want to look up at the stars! I would love to keep the car but one of the down falls to beetles is that they only have four seats and aren't suitable for big families! Either than that loved this car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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freez52 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L Review
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This car is great on gas mileage, room and comfort

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Small if you have multiple kids.

freez52
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Great Car — I loved this car had to get a bigger vehicle do to kids older and bigger other than that no complaints durable and reliable easy to park and navigates well in traffic and gets great gas mileage you won't be disappointed with car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ITSKAREBARE writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Review
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great car

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none

ITSKAREBARE
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Great Car — ive driven this car for the past 8 years its been great. just changed the brake pads. car runs great never had a problem with this car got sunroof which is fun. it is a manual 5 speed which makes it fun to drive

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