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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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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Ross writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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Good Car — Love this car. good everyday driver and gets good gas mileage. love to hear that turbo spool up

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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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Alexandre writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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1.8T, handling, front seats

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back seat, VW reliability repututaion...

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Classic With A Bit Performance Under The Hood And The Vw Logo On The Front — The Jetta Wolfsburg edition has the 1.8T motor 180hp a sport interior, modified suspension, dual tip muffler and 16 in. BBS mag. The interior is great! Seat are comfortable and firm (heated also!!) with good lateral support. The three spokes stearing whee is adjustable in both direction and l the general feeling is feels like quality. Motor: I like when you press a bit more on the gas and you hear the turbo. The direction and suspension are tipically german so you always feel safe when cornering.

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Misty writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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Awesome traction, awesome car

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n/a

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Leukemia Frog — There is a CAI, 14 lb flywheel and a little bit of graphics....until I figure out what I wanna put on it. The accents are lime green, purple, orange and of course frogs. I added the orange because my step-dad passed away from Leukemia. Braking and handling are awesome even in snow. Acceleration is TURBO...lol ran 16.0 in 1/4 mile drag strip at 85 mph, STOCK

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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OldMoparNut writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Wagon Review
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Stereo, dash lights, extreme German attention to the smallest of details, 42 to 50 mpg's all the time, with turbo, not neck breaking, but plenty of grunt and go diesel power, don't even have to down shift from 5th gear to pass.

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Too little front legroom, not enough cabin heat from a diesel, had idea after 100,ooo miles, repair costs were going to climb, but depreciation of a diesel is SO low, just trade up to new one, keep factory warranty.

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Love It. — It would coast for mile and more up to stop signs out in the rural country, it was a challenge to guess when to start coasting so as to save fuel and not overshoot and have to lay on the brakes. Using brakes is totally wasted energy if not a hybrid car with regenerative brakes putting some charge back in a battery.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joseph writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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Joseph — Small peppy, good handling, great gas mileage. Expensive to fix. Accelerates decent for a 4cyl. Only needed on repair in the year ive owned but it cost 700$. Good style for low price. Fun to drive, love the 5 speed.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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flash9 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Wagon Review
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We have had this car from new. Purchased it for $22k, and would not trade it for any other car. It now has 125k miles and has averaged 38 mpg in 70% City - 30% Hwy driving. I replaced the original drivers seat with a power seat with memory from a GLX model. It is way more comfortable and adjustable then the standard drivers seat.

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Back seat leg room is very small. It was OK when our daughter was 7 years old, but is getting too tight 8 years later.

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Great Reliable And Even Better Economy! — I know that VW gets a bad wrap for reliability, but this car has only needed its routine maintenance over the past eight years. The rear brakes lasted 90k, and I just did the front brakes at 125k, and could have gone longer! The diesel engine is rock solid and has great torque. We have the 5-speed manual and would not choose the automatic transmission.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Justin writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Wagon Review
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It's a station wagon

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It's a station wagon

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It's A Station Wagon — Well, with the new shocks, it's probably one of the better handling station wagons out there, and it's no slouch with VW's ubiquitous 1.8T engine (which has become a 2.0T in recent years). It's built like a German car, which means that there aren't any flimsy panels, and the doors close with a solid "thunk." The rubber pipes and hoses in the engine bay weren't made of the best materials, so expect to replace them once in a while. It's not a bad looking station wagon, especially if you have the 17 inch factory rims, but it's not as awesome looking as those giant American land yacht wagons they used to make with wood siding. It has good fuel economy, but expect to spend a bit on maintenance. 2003 was around the low point of VW's product quality, though I hear it's been steadily improving since. It's fun to drive, because it's a station wagon that can handle and go fast. It's got tons of low end torque, which means that for a moment, I can pull away faster than most other cars out there. When you're driving around in traffic, that's all you need.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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