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2003 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 106 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
"power" 45 reviews
"ride" 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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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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Anton writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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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.

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Sean writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 Review
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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.

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Interior is too small for large people in the back seat. Engine, suspension lack sporting ambitions.

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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.

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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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Misty writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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Awesome traction, awesome car

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Leukemia Frog — There is a CAI, 14 lb flywheel and a little bit of graphics....until I figure out what I wanna put on it. The accents are lime green, purple, orange and of course frogs. I added the orange because my step-dad passed away from Leukemia. Braking and handling are awesome even in snow. Acceleration is TURBO...lol ran 16.0 in 1/4 mile drag strip at 85 mph, STOCK

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Robert writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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Performance, interior features, finishing touches, great gas mileage.

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Interior panel noises, soft touch finish coming off, cooling system sensor issues.

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German Engineering Might Not Be All That It's Cracked Up To Be — I bought my little Jetta in April 2006 when gas hit $3/gal and I decided that it was time to get rid of my 12-17 MPG truck. The car was very good at first, but has deteriorated over the last 2 years. It goes very fast and still gets 25-28 MPG in the city even the way I drive it. The interior is nice and there are plenty of nice extra features. However, the interior has several annoying rattles and noises. Since I got it, I have had to replace the thermostat, water pump, and catalytic converter, luckily most of which was covered under warranty. Now I am still getting a P2181 OBDII trouble code every other day or so, coding back to cooling system performance. The car is running fine, but the check engine light coming on all of the time and having the reset it is annoying.

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chadaroo_22 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 Review
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4

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Good on winter roads.

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Weak transmitions

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Great First Car. Reliable And Fun — I like the car I just wanted something newer and bigger. It drives great other than the automatic transmissions that were factory installed suck. Like I said other than that it is a great first car. I really enjoyed driving mine

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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OldMoparNut writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Wagon Review
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4

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

OldMoparNut
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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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sanderson_ken writes:
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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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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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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

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Fun Little Car By Colin

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Simply Amazing! By VFernandes

I adore my jetta and plan to have another jetta in the near future! The front heated seats are awesome! It drives AMAZING, the blue tooth is easy to use and super convenient. The sunroof is cool to ... Read More

No Complaints, Could Ride Alille Better But Its A Small Car, Rides Better Than All The Rest I Dr By team48

love the power and mpg. ride could be a little better,but rides better than any other small car i have drove, and i road tested a bunch. hard to beat 38 miles to the gallon every time, city hiway,and ... Read More

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