Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,210 - $26,725
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
90-180
Seats
4
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,210 - $26,725
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
90-180
Seats
4

2003 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Reviews

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A good car for someone without kids!

2003 Volkswagen Beetle GL

The beetle is very small but works for me since I do not have to drive others very often. Since it is getting very old, there are lots of problems with it. The windows sometimes get stuck down when it is cold out, and will not roll up, and if it gets below freezing for a while it will not start sometimes. It is expensive to get fixed, but one thing that I love about it is that it has a good gas mileage and takes a while to go from full to empty gas tank. This saves me a lot of money.

- Amanda C

Don't buy a VW beetle, everything is plastic!!

2003 Volkswagen Beetle

I love the style of the car however, everything that can go wrong in a car has gone wrong. I have replaced my transmission twice, I have replaced multiple things in the engine because everything is made of plastic and when the car gets hot, everything starts to melt. I have a convertible and not that motor has also gone out and everything that needs to be fixed is so expensive because of labor because everything inside the vw beetle is so hard to get to.

- Brittany B

It is great on gas. Love it.

2003 Volkswagen Beetle

I love my car. The check engine light stays on, so I don't worry about that. The fuse panel will go out at about 75, 000 miles, and the cooling fan will need replacement at 100, 000. Keep up on regular maintenance and your car will treat you well. The interior of the beetle could be better made, so take care of the leather. It also will always smell like crayons. It is because it was sprayed with an anti rust product.

- Erin H

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$3,210 - $4,525
$23,540 (MSRP)

Horsepower

Horsepower
90 - 150 hp
180 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L SOHC SMPI I4 engine
1.9L SOHC EFI I4 turbo
1.8L DOHC SMPI 20
1.8L DOHC SMPI 20
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
39.4 in.
39.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.7 - 41.3 in.
38.2 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
31.5 - 33.5 in.
33.5 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.7 - 37.2 in.
36.7 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
5 - 12 cu. ft.
12 cu. ft.

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
4
4

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
98.7 - 98.8 in.
98.7 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.8 ft.
35.8 ft.

Length

Length
161.1 in.
161.1 in.

Width

Width
67.9 in.
67.9 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2817 - 3153 lbs.
3005 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
90 - 150 hp
180 hp

Torque

Torque
122 - 162 ft. lbs.
173 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
lbs.
lbs.

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Optional

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
26 - 46 mpg
27 mpg

City

City
22 - 42 mpg
23 mpg

Highway

Highway
29 - 49 mpg
30 mpg

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety