2003 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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  • 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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"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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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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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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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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Joseph writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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Very sporty performance and look.

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Be ready to spend some dough on some performance parts and body kits. Also rims.

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V-dub Jetta 1.8t — For a 1.8L its pretty fast. Oh did i mention its turbo charged. This car has a fast acceleration and superb brake the ASR (trackation control) aint too bad either. Interior of the car is very sporty. Leather seats and heated too. Only downer is no power seats. Mainting this car can be costly at times but well worth it. Overall its a fun car to drive and the highlite of my day.

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Shaun writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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3

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Zippy little car

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Not much backseat room

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Zippy Little Commuter — I like the the pickup and quick response. It does good on gas and has good power.. Down fall is the amount of dealer specific items. Coolant, powersteering fluid,... Overall it's a good car and really have no complaints other than the back seat.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Holly writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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Fun and comfy!

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cost of maintenance

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I Heart My Volkswagen Jetta! — I love my little jetta! It has excellent handling, tight suspension... It's really fun to drive on curvy roads. It's not the fastest thing, it can take a while to accelerate, but it's not horribly slow. The brakes are amazing... Well, probably cuz i just got new brake pad thingys... It's super safe. I love the interior, it's really comfy, and it looks pretty cool for just basic cloth. It's not the coolest looking thing on the outside, a little boxy, but i'm definitely not embarrassed to be seen in it. It's a great car. It's really low maintenance.... You only have to get an oil change, etc., every 5,000 miles, which is great, but maintenance can be expensive. It cost me nearly 400 bucks to get transmission fluid put in that thing (it did include a transmission flush, but....) because Volkswagen is all nazi and made their cars so that most people can't do simple maintenance like that on their own cars. But as long as it's properly maintained, it's a great car, really well built, gets pretty good gas mileage, and doesn't look half bad.

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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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Arvind writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 Review
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When you are inching to stop at a stop sign and feel you are clear, the 2nd shift just powers the vehicle zoooooooom....it's super amazing (you can feel the 2.0l 4-cyl working efficiently). It gives a mileage of ~26mpg.

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Dollar guzzler when it comes to maintenance, and the not so great initial acceleration...what can you expect with a 2.0 liter 4-cyl engine generating ~160hp.

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A Very Friendly German Car — The ride is fantastic, gear shifts are smooth, initial acceleration isn't too great but readily picks up from 2nd gear. Effortlessly speedy on overdrive and cruise. Interiors are not extravagant but suited for a comfortable 4 people ride.

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Jeff writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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Power, it's not a Honda

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small interiour, engine repair costs.

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Jetta Gli — Preformance - Good power, smooth reving v6, good highway mileage. Handles ok, could be lowered. Build quality - typical VW, good fit & finish, minimal rattles & squeaks, good solid car. Appearance - A little bland, not distinguishable from other Jetta's. Cost of ownership - oil filter $25, 6l oil synthetic $50. Have reached 38mpg highway, around 28-30 city. Receitenly replaced coil packs and plugs at $360 Fun factor - 8/10 love the sound of the vr6 reving. Overall- Good car to own short term 2-3 yrs. Small interiour, easy to out grow.

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Joel writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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+ good stock engine
+ decent stock suspension
+ practical (storage space and transport capacity are both good)
+ incredible aftermarket support, if you're into that sort of thing.
+ wolfsburg edition comes with BBS alloy wheels =3
+ optional monsoon stereo is excellent for a stock system
+ very reliable
+ great fuel economy, if you're mindful of not using full boost all the time

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- who decided it was a good idea to make a water pump with a plastic impeller?
- small stock intercooler
- lots of understeer when you get past about 7/10
- vw plastic shenanigans
- not great fuel economy, if you use full boost all the time
- some rattling as the years pass
- somewhat challenging to work on. oil filter isn't very easily accessible.
- people tell you that you've got a chick car

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Great First Car, Good Performance For The Price — I got this in my Junior year of highschool... it was my first car. 2003 wolfsburg, 1.8L turbo, 5speed manual, and the mildly sport-tuned wolfsburg suspension. I loved this thing. great engine - super small displacement + turbo takes a while to get used to, but its a lot of fun when you figure it out. just watch out for a little torque steer. also, mods for markIV jettas, especially 1.8T's are rather cheap (though i never got the chance to install anything besides e-code headlights). APR makes an ECU mod for around $500-600 that kicks the power from about 180hp to 210-ish (crank, i think), but more importantly, boosts torque from 163ft-lb to ~245ft-lb... with no other modifications. the engine has a *LOT* of potential. just keep in mind, though, the stock intercooler is pretty small (side mount, about 6 by 15 or so inches), so if you're pushing really hard for an extended period, you WILL heatsoak the engine, and you can *definately* feel the power drop - boost takes longer to kick in and doesnt peak as high as when the engine is cooler. of course, as with any turbo car, the engine is a lot more perky in cold weather - cooler and denser incoming air. for what it is (economical sedan with slight sporty inclinations), it's great. it will seat 4 moderately comfortably, as long as everyone isnt a giant. good power, pretty good handling (though it understeers a lot at the limit... compensate with a little left-foot braking), great storage space (i basically lived out of my car in highschool =P), and the ability to pull on any stupid civic ricer are all definite plusses in my book. it's a little hard to work on though. it's a small car, and as such has a very tightly-packed engine bay. the oil filter is in an irritating location, and requires removal of the front underbody airdam (if you want to avoid getting oil all over it). i had the optional monsoon stereo too, which was awesome for a stock system... i thought it sounded better than the speakers in my dad's G35, which cost 3 times as much. technical failings i observed: -water pump: for some reason, VW a.g. decided it would be a good idea to manufacture the impellers on the water pump out of plastic. this last summer (2007), i noticed the temperature spiked into the red zone, even when i was driving very sedately (city or highway speeds). it was covered under warranty, but it was a pain in the ass to have to keep myself from using much of the boost. -radiator fan: the larger of the two mounted behind the radiator failed around the same time as the water pump. taken care of on the same trip. -transmission: i noticed this problem gradually getting worse over the time i drove this regularly... 3rd gear is a little finicky. it feels like the synchros are chewing on something when you shift quickly... which i tend to do all the time (helps keep the boost up). the vw service guys 'cant replicate the issue'. whatever... i'm gonna recommend to my dad to swap in a vr6 gli 6speed tranny when this one goes. interior finish: not technical per se, but something i've noticed in a lot of vw's more than a few years old. you'll start hearing little rattles and stuff.. and the nice matte finish plastic they use on a lot of stuff (particularly the inside door grab handles) starts wearing off a bit... kinda sucks, but those are the failings of age.

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1981 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Jetta Mk1 By Bas

Old 1.6 diesel, it's not fast but that doesn't matter. It's real fun to drive, low and slow ;) Starts al the time, it's just a rock solid Volkswagen Jetta mk1. Many things coming for it, just wait a... Read More

Love It. By Jeremy

Performance: It's a diesel, what performance? Handles like its on rails. Build: tons of squeaks and rattles, but 30 years and 900k kms its doing alright. Appearance: Love the styling of early 80's Ger... Read More

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It Is What It Is By MDeath

I absolutely hate the auto transmission. I feel like everyone is pointing at me while I drive down the road. It has a horrible start/idle/overheating issue which no one seems to be able to address. I ... Read More

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To Fast For Its Own Good Death Trap In The Wrong Hands! By Steven

well what can i say this little red monster was purchased from germany but did not run and had a poo 1.8 8v on carbs 115bhp after i got my hands on it and now it has a 1.8 20v turbo now 230 bhp and on... Read More

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1984 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

The Car Is Prepared To Install Everything By Joel

is the best car I have. a great classic design, good build quality, low maintenance at low costs and engine that let do anything any upgrade is plug and play, the car is prepared to install everything... Read More

Little Jetta By Vytas

I love this car... I love all MKII Jetta's and Golf's. What i cas about this car? Build quality is i think is good, Spare Parts cheap, and you can get it in every car part's shop. This car usefull, yo... Read More

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1985 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Fun Car When It Was Running By Phatrick

I owned this car when it was 5-6 years until it was about 12-13 years. It was certainly a nice car to drive. It was quick and handled like it was on rails. The interior was well designed ergonomica... Read More

Great By Bryan

first car i ever bought. this thing is a tank. i have taken it off road and beaten the hell out of it. real simple to work on as well. the 1.8 L engine puts out some good power for size Read More

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