My girlfriend has 2003 VW Beetle (2.0L, 5-speed manual). Sometimes, when you turn the key to crank over the car it tries to turn over but then hits a wall. No clicking happens at all. It starts to turn over, and then nothing. If you cycle the key a couple of times then it catches, turns over and starts. Sometimes it starts and dies, but most times after the key cycling it starts and runs just fine. Sometimes it also turns over slow.
I tested the battery and it tests OK. I replaced the starter, but the problem still occurs. I am thinking it may be ignition switch. All connection to battery and starter look clean and are snug. No connections look loose or unhooked. No fuses are blown.
Did take it to the dealer and they say nothing is wrong with it. But, still having issues.