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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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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Matt writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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Great 1.8T engine, good gas mileage, fun to drive

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Expensive replacement part costs

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If You Can Find A Good, Clean Used One...buy It. — I loved this car and miss it dearly. Build quality was very good...the doors were very solid and had a tight fit, the dash was made of very high quality materials and overall fit and finish were good. Gas mileage and power from the 1.8T engine were great...I used to average around 30mpg. There was a bit of turbo lag, but once that passed, the car scooted along nicely. The Wolfsburg package added wheels by BBS and a real spoiler, it was a pretty nice looking car, especially in red. One of the only negative things was the cost of replacement parts. I didn't have to do much, but when I did, it was expensive. I think that's typical for VW's. Some VW's have a reputation for poor reliability, but I never had any trouble with mine at all. The car handled very well, pretty flat cornering and the brakes were very good. I'd definitely recommend this car. I'm glad to see that VW made the Wolfsburg available again with the turbo engine...I would have liked to speak with whoever decided to put the 2.5 5cyl in the supposedly special "Wolfsburg Edition."

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Joseph writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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Looks/quality

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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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sanderson_ken writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Review
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Good looking car.

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Continues to have electrical and transmission issues.

sanderson_ken
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Never Buy A Jetta — I purchased this car for $13k in 2006 and have since spent $10k in upkeep other than scheduled maintenance. You tell me if that is a good deal. I should have bought a car that didn't cost $1k every time it needed a repair.

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Jessica writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 Review
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MPG, handling, fit & finish, looks, driving comfort (I own a manual 5 speed), cargo capacity, reliability

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Upkeep is a bit on the expensive side because she is an import, after all...

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I Call Her Zoe. All Volkswagens Need A Name. She's Been With Me Through Thick And Thin. — The nicest part about the VW Jetta is its reliability. I've had to fix a few minor things in the course of our 5 year relationship, and most of those due to I uncerimoniously and rudely decided to get into an accident (whups) and destroyed the entire oil system. She's a beaut, tho, despite how hard I drive her she never says no and always treats me well. I love my car.

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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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Evzen Karasz writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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the car all around its well build car

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lots of gas and maintenance its little expensive here in Toronto Canada

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A Must Have To Experience The True Beauty — This car is amezing its a top of the line jetta its a very nice factory build car lots of power and totque and is sounds like a beast the car gets lots of attention its very rare Jetta is always a joy to drivet

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Valeri writes:
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cheap, good performance

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service of mantenance is bad

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Almost Good — the cost of mantenaince is high, because the car often get problems, but in general the performance is good the car is not very fast, but is good for a common jetta

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hgoolsby writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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The reliability of my Volkswagen is amazing.

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Cost of parts and repairs.

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Strong And Dependable — I like how volkswagen has such reliable cars, but the parts for a volkswagen can be expensive. I wish the parts were cheaper. Overall I would recommend a volkswagen to anyone looking for a car the is reliable and affordable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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kboucher02 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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Basically had no problems from when I bought it six years ago (43,000 miles) to recently (105,000 miles). Quick nice looking car with above average gas mileage.

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Ever since since I hit 100,000 miles I have been having multiple problems compared to barely any through 6 years.

kboucher02
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Quick Car Chicks Dig It. Turbo, Intake, Coil Overs, Blow Off Valve 17 Inch Alloys — Has been good to me for several years and now that it is paid off I'm starting to have all kinds of issues. Nothing too serious yet. Thank god. Having a little trouble getting it on the road now because I am doing all the work myself. Do not have the money to bring it to a shop at the moment and certainly don't want to pay for a tow to bring it down the street. We shall see...

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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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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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