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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,000 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 212008


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen new Beetle convertible. After examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the rear window was separating from the roof. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the roof would need to be replaced. Prior to the failure, the contact noticed that the roof would not properly close. The vehicle had not yet been serviced at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 73,000. Updated 06/06/11 updated 12/29/2011

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 012006

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen new Beetle. The contact stated that the glass on the convertible top has begun to separate from the canvas. The dealer stated that the vehicle needed a new convertible top. The manufacturer offered to pay 75% of the replacement cost. As of June 18, 2007, the vehicle has not been repaired. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage is 75,000 and failure mileage was 50,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

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