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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Patrick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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4

Pros

its nice and somewhat fast

Cons

repairs without warranty

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Nice Car But This Year Model Has Some Problems. — a few mods soon to be a bit more, somewhat fast for a relatively stock 4 banger. really nice interior and features. i've had to change the water pump and the thermostat. as for maintenance i bought a warranty so if anything goes wrong it only costs 50 buck to repair. mpg 21 city 31 highway. its fun to drive it has great acceleration and good handling. plans for the future ecs underdrive light weight pulleys, rsd stress and strut bars (upper and lower) h&r sport springs , ruff racing r 345 18", eurosport exhaust system.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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VegasGuy writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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5

Pros

Quick and fast. It loves the corners. Stops on a dime.

Cons

only a slight negative, but the front air dam and read bumber could have been a bit more agressive (VW did decide to do exactly that and updated these items in 2004).

VegasGuy
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It's Like A 3 Series Bmw, But Costs Less And Is Every Bit As Fun. — For a small Sedan this car has excellent acceleration, braking, and general handling. The build quality is what we have all come to expect of any German car (superior) and the overall appearance is a slightly understated sport sedan. Cost of ownership seems to be right on par with just about any small sedan. I recommend sticking to the regular maintenance schedule and do so because these cars will last a good 15 years or so if you do. This car is a joy to drive in just about any conditions. If you like lots of hard cornering, you may want to replace the stock tires with a set of Toyo Proxes. Stock tires are fine for just about everything else.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Tom writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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4

Pros

Fun to drive

Cons

Had problems with window

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Good — It has been a good car overall. I have owned it for about 4 years and not have had any mechanical problems. But I have had problems with the window clips that hold the windows in place, i had to replace the plastic ones with metal ones after they broke from the cold. I have also had a small leak I had to fix that was coming in from the the skylight drain. I had to fix it by running another tube down the existing one and make a new drain collar. Everything else has worked great and it is a fun car to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mark writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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4

Pros

good price

Cons

expensive parts

25

Money Money Money — cheaper than the tracter version. not much room in the back for kids seats so their boots are all over the back of hte seats. There arew usually electrical problems with these jettas but so far so good with this one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Thomas writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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4

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Its awesome all around

Cons

Plastic under-bumpers

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Dope! — My Vw Jetta is absolutely sick no questions. The handling is great, the power in that 1.8 litre Turbo is surprising, and the transmission is very smooth. The Jetta is one of the sleekest looking cars out there,when its kept in good shape. The black plastic bumpers are my only complaint as they folded like paper when i scraped a curb. idk what else to say. drive one and decide for yourself.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Justin writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Wagon Review
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4

Pros

It's a station wagon

Cons

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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Curt writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Wagon Review
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5

Pros

It is a VW wagon

Cons

Have to love diesels

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V Dub — awesome since i put in box programmer so much more power. Nice and low great handling. interior is awesome. great on fuel looks good all kinds of people like the car from young to old. It is a VDUB ya

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joseph writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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4

Pros

German quality at lowest cost

Cons

bad coil packs

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Would Buy Again — * Performance - acceleration, braking, handling (after mods of course) * Build Quality - nice German quality. * Appearance - Solid interior and exterior styling * Cost of Ownership - gas mileage:26 mpg, maintenance: not too bad * Fun Factor - fun to drive after lowering and some suspension work

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Troy writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Review
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5

Pros

quality built and good on gas

Cons

needs more rear seat room

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Quality — all around awesome vehicle but next time I would buy the wagon. The performance is top notch. Expensive for the oil changes but worth it in the long run. I have never owned a better built car than this one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Logan writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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4

Pros

Great bang-for-your-buck.

Cons

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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