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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle repairs by problem area

Engine (17%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (33%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 12 repairs.
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (30%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 10 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen New Beetle in Ohio, United States
Feb 2015 - Dec 2016
Jan 2016

US $500
Plug wires,  EFI cleaning 
Apr 2016

147000 mi

US $175
Replace battery 

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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen New Beetle in Queretaro, Mexico
- Oct 2006
Oct 2006

36580 mi

$70
The LED/turning signal from the left rearview mirror was changed. 
Volkswagen New Beetle in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2015 - Sep 2017
Jul 2015

180800 mi

US $700
Alternator replaced Front springs replaced 
Dec 2015

190000 mi

US $100
Replaced one emergency brake cable that had frozen 
Jun 2016

200000 mi

US $220
Replaced one rear wheel bearing and exhaust clips 
May 2017

213159 mi

US $400
Driver's door would not stay closed door latch replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen New Beetle in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2015 - Sep 2017
Jul 2017

68110 mi

US $450
Fuse block and wire to the alternator. 

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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Convertible

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen New Beetle in Nebraska, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

99000 mi

US $1300
CV axles had been replaced with aftermarket units. The retaining clip failed on one axle, causing it to slip out, and damage the splines in the transaxle. Stick with OEM parts. 

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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle 2dr Convertible

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen New Beetle in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2015 - May 2017
May 2015

129660 mi

C $950
Convertible top, replace broken cables 

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2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Repair Histories

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