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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Chris writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDi Review
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4

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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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5

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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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miss_Blizzle writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDi Review
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4

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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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ITSKAREBARE writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Review
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5

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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

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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bbarton111 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLX 1.8T Review
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Fun car

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Low roof for back seat adult passengers

bbarton111
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Great Fun Car — Great, low cost sporty car. The turbo has good power. The ride is just right the cost of ownership is small. I have had no major repairs up to this point. Gets good gas milage. I would buy this car again.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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dirtyballa2 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLX 1.8T Review
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Run great and in good condition. Being a turbo it has surprising acceleration power for a beetle.

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Small car . Some vw part are expensive to replace.

dirtyballa2
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Great Little Speed Car — The only thing I can say negatively about this car is that some parts are quite expensive to replace. The car over all is in good condition only having minor scratches and dings.if your looking for a reliable economical car this is it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cameron writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L Review
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Handling, Looks, exonomy

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Body integrity, easy to break stuff

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Great For The Looks And Reputation, But Needs Some Final Touches — This car has been through quite a bit in the past few years...last year she got rear-ended, and we also had to replace the clutch after another minor collision. another wreck came around when she got T-boned by a ignorant college stucent. the headliner is falling apart and the glove box handle has been broken off by not realizing that the glove box was locked

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Elizabeth writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L Review
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The way it looks

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How much repair parts cost

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My Volkswagen Beetle — its a trooper i have put almost 100000 on the car and it wtill works. i have had to done a few repairs and they have been kind of costly but sincxec then it has been working wonderfully. and i love it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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abcdedf9 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L Review
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it looked cute

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ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF

abcdedf9
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I Didn't Like This Car At All. I Wish I Could Trade It In For A Different One. — i hope that no no one decides to buy this car. i have a 2003 volkswagen beele 2.0 4cyl and it is the worst car i guess it was great on gas for other people but it was horrible for me. I h ad to put $40 a week if not every 4 days. It is horrible driving around in it, you feel like you're in a car that's about to break down. It is very delicate and the engine is quite complicated for mehanics to want to fix. My transmission including my timing belt went out on me and i spend almost $3000 on fixing it. It's been 5 months since then and now i'm having problems again with this car, or maybe it's just my paranoia with this 2003 bettle that i have but honesty, i think there's another problem with the transmission.. Be very gentle on driving over bumps and what not on the road because there is a possibility your car can end up at the mechanic again especially if you drive over that bump too fast. Don't even get me stated on it's acceleration. It's horrible and the body is so heavy that you need to watch how well you drive this car because you can't just put your foot down and expect it to drive as fast as everyone else on the road,(at first) it's gradual with this car. Drivers with this model need to be very patient with it, if you're willing to keep it. My suggestion is invest in an American car in this economy or buy a car that mechanics are willing to fix ; whereas, for me, two mechanics actually refused to work on it because of how much labor they'd hav to spend on taking parts apart and them being unsure of whether or not they'd be doing a good job. Don't go to mechanics who haven't had experience with fixing german cars, or else you'll just end up with a worse car at the end. if you like cars that others can't steal, definitely buy this car. Buy the Turbo, that's better than this model. if you ask me for me opinion, This car IS NOT WORTH all the stress,time, and energy you'll get whether it takes a crap on you or not.Trust, you'll experience problem after problem with this car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jeanine writes:
2003 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S Review
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Is Awesome

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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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2009 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews

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