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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Displaying 41 - 50 of 109 2003 Volkswagen Jetta reviews.

cgeuss1621 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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4

Pros

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.

cgeuss1621
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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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Matt writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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4

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Feels like your driving a 2 door sports car

Cons

3000rpm in 5th gear going 60mph

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Great Car... Many Ups And Not Too Many Downs — When i first got this car the acceleration wasn't too bad but after i did some mods to it. The car has good build quality and handles great in the corners. Overall this is a great car and I would have it over many others.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Adam writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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I love to drive fast and beat up on others

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Guzzles car like crazy !!

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Love It, It Makes My Palms Sweaty Everytime I Drive It — I LOVE MY CAR, TURBO 24V VR6 , it puts out 500who or more. It was built by sleepers performance the best and only people i will let touch the car. It has original paint but my buddy Gary keeps it nice and clean for me. I love to drive with my fellow Volkswagen friends, love going to shows and see what other people have. Its just my hobby and passion.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tim writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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fun, fast, and german

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mechanical failures

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Good Car To Own — Standard, good overall power even though its a 4cyl, good top speed, and nice acceleration even in 5th gear. around 30mpg, 6cd changer in trunk and a single slot in the dash, its not spacious by any means at all

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Spencer writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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Volkswagen

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nothing

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Ghost — 2.8L, 24 valve, VR6 w/ AEM CAI, Greddy G2 cat-back exhaust Autotech lightweight flywheel, Autotech short-shifter carbon fiber Boser hood w/ custom body kit 18" Drifz wheels This has got to be the best performing 6 cylinder I have ever driven. The mods just made it that much better. It just needs to be chipped to get the most performance out of my mods.

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Jamie writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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fun, fast, safe, awesome performance

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none

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If You Want It Go Get It — This car is so much fun to drive. Its powerful, fast, smooth, and corners beautifully. the gas mileage is amazing too, i drive like a maniac and I'm getting 28 mpg. It does run on premium but it only costs $39 to fill it up.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Patrick writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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its nice and somewhat fast

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repairs without warranty

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Nice Car But This Year Model Has Some Problems. — a few mods soon to be a bit more, somewhat fast for a relatively stock 4 banger. really nice interior and features. i've had to change the water pump and the thermostat. as for maintenance i bought a warranty so if anything goes wrong it only costs 50 buck to repair. mpg 21 city 31 highway. its fun to drive it has great acceleration and good handling. plans for the future ecs underdrive light weight pulleys, rsd stress and strut bars (upper and lower) h&r sport springs , ruff racing r 345 18", eurosport exhaust system.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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VegasGuy writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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Quick and fast. It loves the corners. Stops on a dime.

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only a slight negative, but the front air dam and read bumber could have been a bit more agressive (VW did decide to do exactly that and updated these items in 2004).

VegasGuy
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It's Like A 3 Series Bmw, But Costs Less And Is Every Bit As Fun. — For a small Sedan this car has excellent acceleration, braking, and general handling. The build quality is what we have all come to expect of any German car (superior) and the overall appearance is a slightly understated sport sedan. Cost of ownership seems to be right on par with just about any small sedan. I recommend sticking to the regular maintenance schedule and do so because these cars will last a good 15 years or so if you do. This car is a joy to drive in just about any conditions. If you like lots of hard cornering, you may want to replace the stock tires with a set of Toyo Proxes. Stock tires are fine for just about everything else.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Tom writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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Fun to drive

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Had problems with window

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Good — It has been a good car overall. I have owned it for about 4 years and not have had any mechanical problems. But I have had problems with the window clips that hold the windows in place, i had to replace the plastic ones with metal ones after they broke from the cold. I have also had a small leak I had to fix that was coming in from the the skylight drain. I had to fix it by running another tube down the existing one and make a new drain collar. Everything else has worked great and it is a fun car to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mark writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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good price

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expensive parts

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Money Money Money — cheaper than the tracter version. not much room in the back for kids seats so their boots are all over the back of hte seats. There arew usually electrical problems with these jettas but so far so good with this one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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