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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cgeuss1621 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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Volkswagens are known for having great motors if nothing else. This little 1.8 Turbo motor packs quite a punch, and is very dependable.

Cons

Due to the poor quality plastics used on the interior, smaller things will tend to wear out/break over time like buttons, switches and knobs.

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Very Reliable, Good Looking. — As far as the looks of the Jettas go, i think they're one of the few cars that need any modification to look good. It has great handling and stability, as well as great acceleration. Definitely a good investement for anyone.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Justin writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Wagon Review
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It's a station wagon

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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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Patrick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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Fun, small, quick.

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Not very roomy.

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Small And Well Handling. — Good handling, quick acceleration and deceleration. Good quality for a compact car. Good styling, not garish or boring. Very fun to drive, but the a/c doesn't work that well. Have not had it long enough to judge maintenance costs.

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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Ryan writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Review
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45+ mpg... no problems

Cons

90 hp, enough said.

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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

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Danny writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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all-around car =)

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not enough interior space for long-leg driver

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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.

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Kenny writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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Looks good, handles well, gets attention....just like it's owner!

Cons

It's not a Porsche.

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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.

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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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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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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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