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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Peter writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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Nice pickup when turbo is used.

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Very little legroom in the backseat. Can only seat 4 people max.

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Fast Cute Little Car. — The turbo is really nice on this sucker. The size makes it feel like you're driving a go-kart on the highway. I really like the acceleration kicking in when you need it.

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Ross writes:
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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everything

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nothing

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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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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.

Cons

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

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n/a

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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

chadaroo_22
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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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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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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Compact, Convenient And Comfortable By maverick111

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Great Car For Most People By tdub_birytx

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

Great car, my wife love it. We take it out for road trip all the time. Great on gas mileage, the awesome thing is you only have to do maintenance once in 10k miles. Only the coat of it lol Read More

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Nice Little Car By Robert

No issues with the mechanics of the car however the radio issues and lack of VW support leaves something to be desired. Great car for a small family or to cart around yourself and a few friends aweso... Read More

Impressive Work From Vw By majid1333

This was not the first option when I was searching for a car. I was looking for the ideal size, performance, options, comfort, economy and engineering. Guess what, I found it. The warranty was also g... Read More

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Fantastic Car! By csmtaylor

I really enjoyed owning this car! The look and comfort are great and the fuel milage on the highway averaged between 500 and 600 miles per tank. I plan on buying another Jetta TDI as soon as I find th... Read More

Cool Mom Car By RoanMissKitty

I would own another one for sure. I like my sun roof and it does pretty good in snow. I wish parts weren't so expensive and oil changes were cheaper. But, car is very reliable and I have not had any... Read More

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