2003 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 107 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" 45 reviews
"power" 45 reviews
"fuel economy" 40 reviews
"handling" 30 reviews
"speed" 16 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 13 reviews
"power" 12 reviews
"high maintenance" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"seat" 7 reviews

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OldMoparNut writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Wagon Review
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4

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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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Cost to repair

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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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Patrick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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Fun, small, quick.

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Not very roomy.

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Small And Well Handling. — Good handling, quick acceleration and deceleration. Good quality for a compact car. Good styling, not garish or boring. Very fun to drive, but the a/c doesn't work that well. Have not had it long enough to judge maintenance costs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ryan writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Review
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45+ mpg... no problems

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90 hp, enough said.

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Jetta Tdi, Hope You Are Not In A Hurry — Performance - Acceleration was non-existent, but it got 45mpg and would maintain 100mph Build Quality - It is a typical VW... meaning it could be much better Appearance - Eurotrash styling, I liked it, others think they are a tad bit on the flaming side Cost of Ownership - great mileage but costly maintenance Fun Factor - it lacks it. Let's face it, it is the toaster of the Auto market... but it sipped little fuel going from A to B

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Danny writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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all-around car =)

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not enough interior space for long-leg driver

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My Toy I - Vw Jetta 1.8t — performance is cool; acceleration is solid especially the one I own is manual. there's always some noticeable mechanic noise from time to time; although it didn't affect the performance, it is simply annoying and any car lovers would love to hear crystal clear engine sound, is it? ~~~~ quite fuel economic compared to my other car, lol; so not too much complaint on that one =) build quality is solid after all; it's been 6 years since I purchased it; been through tough winters in Ontario, Canada; Montreal, Quebec; break killer - LA area and finally now I live in Mountain view - quite peaceful car driving friendly area~~ it is absolutely fun to shift gears on the jetta 1.8T, quite amazed to see its acceleration on the road compared to other more prestige cars.

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Eric writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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huge aftermarket following well built and fun to drive

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gas mileage is crap, hard to work on, expensive to fix

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Jetta — If you know me you know how i feel about my car. People say I talk about it too much but whatever it makes me happy. Theres a huge aftermarket following for it which makes it fun. Im always blowing my paycheck on something new for it... The only bad thing about it is the gas mileage but thats partially due to the fact that i tend to drive like an asshole.

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Mark writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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handling, mileage

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size!!!

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Vw Jetta — too small, but handles and performs well. and 40 mpg. few rattles, poor cupholder design. relatively comfortable seating, excellent features, and trim.

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Kenny writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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Looks good, handles well, gets attention....just like it's owner!

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It's not a Porsche.

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I Lubs My Vee-dub. — I love the paint, it's in really good shape, still has a nice shine. The car is highly update-able, I can add different wheels, a ground package, and fog lights. I love hearing the turbo kick in, and the feel of acceleration, it's pretty quick, and the handling is nimble. I have fun driving it, although I look for good reasons to go out in it, 'cause the price of gas is so outrageous.

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

I'm Trading To A Diesel Beetle Ragtop So I'm Sad To See It Go! By Michael

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Great Car For Most People By tdub_birytx

2011 Jetta does lots of things well. Good on fuel economy, looks great, handles better and has a surprisingly spacious interior. I am 6'2 and am comfortable driving the car. The trunk is also a lot bi... Read More

Awesome...love The New Design By Leonizmo

Great car, my wife love it. We take it out for road trip all the time. Great on gas mileage, the awesome thing is you only have to do maintenance once in 10k miles. Only the coat of it lol Read More

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Nice Little Car By Robert

No issues with the mechanics of the car however the radio issues and lack of VW support leaves something to be desired. Great car for a small family or to cart around yourself and a few friends aweso... Read More

Impressive Work From Vw By majid1333

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Fantastic Car! By csmtaylor

I really enjoyed owning this car! The look and comfort are great and the fuel milage on the highway averaged between 500 and 600 miles per tank. I plan on buying another Jetta TDI as soon as I find th... Read More

Cool Mom Car By RoanMissKitty

I would own another one for sure. I like my sun roof and it does pretty good in snow. I wish parts weren't so expensive and oil changes were cheaper. But, car is very reliable and I have not had any... Read More

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