2003 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Problems

Inspect Brakes at Every Service as Rear Brakes Wear Out Quickly

The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.

Correct Maintenance of Timing Belt

To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.

Vehicles Using Biofuels May Have Injection Pump Failures

Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Questions

Thunk sound when gas pedal depressed or ac turned on. (1 answer)

EGR is clean, intake manifold cleaned, N18 has good vacuum, check valve replaced,

the problem, when pressing the gas pedal in park, and in idle or when in drive and idling when gas pedal pressed for a moment there is like a thunk sound. Same when the a/c button is pushed down to turn on the ...

P0303,#3 cylinder misfire. any ideas? (1 answer)

239,000 miles, had new cylinder head, rod brgs, pistons, rings replaced. due to broken exhaust valve. have replaced timing belt every 100k as suggested.

Car tries to start and belches black smoke. I changed the fuel filter and pump. (2 answers)

Just turns over and tries to start but won't.

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