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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Robert writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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4

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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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Shaun writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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Zippy little car

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Not much backseat room

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Zippy Little Commuter — I like the the pickup and quick response. It does good on gas and has good power.. Down fall is the amount of dealer specific items. Coolant, powersteering fluid,... Overall it's a good car and really have no complaints other than the back seat.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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chadaroo_22 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 Review
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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:
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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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5

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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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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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Synista7 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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Handling is amazing its fast hits corners like a charm I love my Volkswagen wont buy any other brand from now on

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Fixing it is expensive

Synista7
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Sleek Beautiful Body Style — What I really like about this car is the design of the body and the inside I have a black on black Wolfsburg and if you got the cash to spend then I recommend this car mostly because its safe it has many features such as heated cloth seats a monsoon factory system bbs racing rims stock it's just a super nice car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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MakaylaScharber writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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Cute, small little car. Loved all the power it gives. Very fun to drive.

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Fixing it was hard because its a foreign car. Parts cost alot more.

MakaylaScharber
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Cute, Sporty, And Fun! — All around good car for a first car. Its definitely a girly car because of the pink lights on the inside and outside. Awesome touchscreen slide out stereo. Tons of power and tons of fun to drive! And its the perfect size!

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CJS10mm writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Review
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Fuel Economy

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smallish back seat, and lacking some options

CJS10mm
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Great Commuter Car! — This car is a great commuter that gets 38 MPG combined driving, and about 42-44 highway driving. I love the spacious trunk and room in the front seats. The back seats a kind of small for room but it is not a full size sedan so I don't expect to fit 3 grown adults back there.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jacob writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Wagon Review
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Fuel Economy
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Air intake, get's coked up from the EGR

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Worth It — Not particularly peppy, but at 50 mpg sins are forgiven. Though it is kinda slow it still is quite entertaining to drive, especially on the manual version. There are a few quirky things that rattle, such as the shifter, and the release button for the parking brake, but it's really not bad.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Great Car For Most People By tdub_birytx

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Great Value By Jonesb930

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