2003 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings
Average Ratings from 100 reviews
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
Acceleration, high speed stability, handling, braking power, interior features, build quality, gas mileage, reliabilty
Price, Premium gas only, scheduled maintenance cost
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!
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Review
45+ mpg... no problems
90 hp, enough said.
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
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
all-around car =)
not enough interior space for long-leg driver
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.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
huge aftermarket following well built and fun to drive
gas mileage is crap, hard to work on, expensive to fix
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.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
Looks good, handles well, gets attention....just like it's owner!
It's not a Porsche.
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.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
Nice pickup when turbo is used.
Very little legroom in the backseat. Can only seat 4 people max.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 Review
Quiet, well planned interior. Stylish interior, exterior with excellent build quality. Simplicity, excellent gas mileage from the engine with adequate power. Manual transmission is a must.
Interior is too small for large people in the back seat. Engine, suspension lack sporting ambitions.
A Workhorse With European Flair. — Soft, compliant suspension mated with direct, communicative steering make this an easy day in day out driver. 4 Cyl. engine is good with low end grunt but lacks power for truly aggressive driving. Clutch is easy, light, with long pedal travel and sometimes vague shifter. An economy car with luxury intentions, the interior suprises with excellent detail, build quality, and simplicity. Car is very quiet, smooth, and dependable, allowing for long highway trips that are neither arduous nor painful. Although day to day driving is truly easy in this car, sporty driving is not to be had with the GLS model. The balence is on commuting, not on sporting.
Reviews From Other Years
Compact, Convenient And Comfortable
One of the best german car vw Jetta, go for it. U ll not regret!! safety, handling, milage, cargo space, and style are incredible feature of the car. And, so far it is maintenance free!! Definitely, ... Read More
It probably has a little more road noise than the other luxury car I own but quieter than my 2010 pickup which is a crew cab. I don't do a lot of driving, my local town is 15 miles away. I go the the... Read More
I love this car . Look so cool. Seat so comfortable . I love classic style inside car . Yes, this car fun to drive !!! Exterior size car good too, its middle car , not small not so big ! On gas its no... Read More
Excellent! I Would Purchase This Vehicle Again.
Fuel economy is awesome! Up front comfort is lacking. Lots of leg room for all passengers, especially in the rear. The car looks great, aggressive styling gives it a sporty look. DIY's will apprec... Read More
Fun Car To Drive And Great Commuter
Overall a great car - very fun, good fuel economy, sporty yet sophisticated. Has similar feel of luxury higher end 3 series BMW or c-class Benz without the added cost and gets better fuel economy. L... Read More
Been Great Reliable Car
This is an excellent commuter car that gets 45 + mpg, comfortable, performs very well in the rain and snow. When it's cold, the heated seats warm up quickly as does the motor. Recommend as a first ca... Read More
A Great Compromise Of Fun And Practical
Bought the 2009 Wolfsburg Jetta with the DSG transmission in June 2011 with 28K miles and have put 20K miles on it since. Very impressed all around. Absolutely great engine. DSG transmission makes ... Read More
Great Gas Saver!
handles well, is well made, absolutely no problems so far. Considered a Prius, but this is much more fun to drive. We have driven this Jetta from FL. to NM twice, and found it to be very comfortable.... Read More
Great Commuter Car. Would Buy One Again.
I love the car. The only part that I was not a fan of was the special oil filter wrench. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I attempted to change the oil twice without the wrench resulting in a big fail. I h... Read More
this is a great car for first car buyers, family owners, sleeper car owners, pretty much anyone who wants to have a sweet car. I love everything about this car and it has had no real problems. I highl... Read More
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