2003 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 109 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 46 reviews
"power" 46 reviews
"fuel economy" 42 reviews
"handling" 30 reviews
"speed" 17 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 13 reviews
"power" 12 reviews
"high maintenance" 9 reviews
"seat" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews

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chadaroo_22 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 Review
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4

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Good on winter roads.

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Weak transmitions

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Great First Car. Reliable And Fun — I like the car I just wanted something newer and bigger. It drives great other than the automatic transmissions that were factory installed suck. Like I said other than that it is a great first car. I really enjoyed driving mine

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Logan writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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Great bang-for-your-buck.

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FWD.

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Valuable. Great Daily-driver. — Pros: Fit/finish, economy, reliability, great transmission (5- speed), huge trunk-space, stock Monsoon sound-system. Cons: FWD, low on power. Cheap to own/maintain. Changing the oil is a breeze. Runs like a top, never had a breakdown. Pretty fun to drive, has excellent brakes and average acceleration for a car of this caliber. I'd recommend it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeremie writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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comfort, performance, standard and optional equipment

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maintenance cost but very reliable

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Good Bang For The Buck! — Good bang for the buck, that is what comes in my mind when I think about my car. Heated leather seats, 17inch alloy wheels, four-wheels disc brakes, four-wheels ABS, traction control, power sunroof, excellent sound system and an engine that comes with 100hp/liter (180hp for 1.8L). Add to that the sound and the easy upgrading that comes with a turbo engine and you get an idea of why I like my car so damn much. European tuned suspension that can manage to eat the curves while keeping the ride comfortable when it needs to be. Excellent visibility all-around. Strong braking that won't get the nose of the car dive onto the road. That's everything you need on a ride, while leaving some money into your pockets.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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cgeuss1621 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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Volkswagens are known for having great motors if nothing else. This little 1.8 Turbo motor packs quite a punch, and is very dependable.

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Due to the poor quality plastics used on the interior, smaller things will tend to wear out/break over time like buttons, switches and knobs.

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Very Reliable, Good Looking. — As far as the looks of the Jettas go, i think they're one of the few cars that need any modification to look good. It has great handling and stability, as well as great acceleration. Definitely a good investement for anyone.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jdepas54 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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nearly everything i can think of about this car

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not an american muscle v8 sadly

jdepas54
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Best Cheap Speed Naturally Aspirated Car Of Its Time And Maybe Even Now — I love this car. It is my first car and with the power and 6 speed transmission with the sporty handling of the gli trim i could not have asked for better vehicle. I would recommend this car to any young driver looking for cheap fun and reliability. this car also has some nice cheap mods you could do if you wanted.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Peter writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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Nice pickup when turbo is used.

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Very little legroom in the backseat. Can only seat 4 people max.

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Fast Cute Little Car. — The turbo is really nice on this sucker. The size makes it feel like you're driving a go-kart on the highway. I really like the acceleration kicking in when you need it.

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Lance writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
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Acceleration, high speed stability, handling, braking power, interior features, build quality, gas mileage, reliabilty

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Price, Premium gas only, scheduled maintenance cost

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Entry Level German Performance — I miss this car so much. Ok so first of all go 03 or higher on the Mark IV body, this is the first year of this generation to have no recalls and only like 2 tsbs! First on the acceleration. The 24v VR6 engine is genius. it feels like much more than just 201hp!! Even with the auto and fairly sticky yokohomas the tires screached if I put my foot down at a light. Gas milage is great, handling is great for a car like this and the interior features on the GLX are very nice: Rain sensing wipers, digital climate control, memory leather heated seats and OMG the monsoon sound system is very loud/bassy. This car retailed for a little over $30k when new and holds it value almost too well. Mine retailed for 14k at 100k miles when i sold it! (I only got trade in value obviously). I drove the hell out of this little thing but with good maintenance and the wonders of amsoil it still purred like a kitten at 100k miles. Even the auto tranny with the original fluid in it shifted like new. If your buying a mark IV you have to get the VR6 engine and remember, 03 and up!

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Joe writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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Fun to drive, relatively fast, agile, comfortable, looks great, and i have one.

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Expensive to own, Impending electrical issues

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2003 Vw Jetta Gli Vr6 — Best car i ever owned!!! Fantastic performance, great power from its 2.8l VR6 approx 200bhp, love the shifting of the 6 speed manual transmission. Great accelleration and breaking for being a sport sedan under 3 liters, wonderfully balanced turns and handles very well. Easy to modify mechanically and asthetically all parts are readily available through the shops and online. Putting the magnaflo exhaust on the VR6 is easily one of the best descisions i have ever made. Hard to modify electrically though and a bitch to put a remote starter in, i wouldnt recommend a remote start for any VW thats for sure. I love the look, business and power at the same time. looks especially well when you add the 2004 GLI factory body kit. The interior is stylish too, all leather with heated seats and a beautifully moulded dashboard. All the buttons are the right size and shape to fit in with the rest of the car's style. The build quality is fantastic, rattling is almost not an issue there are some minor rattles that can be heard driving on Edmnontons, smooth as a bed of nails, roads. This car's factory sound deadening is extreemly meticulous. Since owning it i have needed minor repairs, but i know that these cars in general suffer from various electrical related issues when they get older. Its not a cheep car to fill up though only taking premium gasoline with 91 octane minimum. Repairs are more expensive because the parts are built propperly. (not in the USA or China) Thats why finding a good mechanic with a fair price is extreemly important! Autobahn Performance in Edmonton is the place i go to. The car is a joy to drive a absolutely love taking it on the roads and playing arround with it. It has great response and just makes you want to drive it harder.. then you remember how much you paid for it and decide that you're driving it hard enough.

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Upstate2danny writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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Great on gas mileage

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Back seat a little tight

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Excellent Car For Small Family Or A Single Person — I like the Jettas ability to respond to your reflexes. It has great pick up and speed. The cruise control is great and saves on gas. It is stylish and really fun to drive. A lot of trunk space and multiple cup holders.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Anton writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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everything

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nothing

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Best Car I Have Ever Owned — bought this car about a year ago used with 30000 miles on it drive it every day for a year and have had no rpoblems with it currently has 52000 miles. brakes are great handeling is amazing (it goes around corners like a dream). the car is great on gas aproximatley 30mpg.

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