2003 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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  • 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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cheap, good performance

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service of mantenance is bad

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Almost Good — the cost of mantenaince is high, because the car often get problems, but in general the performance is good the car is not very fast, but is good for a common jetta

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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Strong V6 motor, great power span in every gear, decent gas mileage for a V6, safe ABS on all wheels.

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Cloth interior, bad torque steer for FWD.

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A Sport Compact Sedan With Everything You Need. — The Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a great made vehicle with more power than the 1.8T its the fastest model of Jetta. It comes standard with 17" rims a sunroof and a six-speed manual transmission. The Jetta comes standard with 4 anti lock disc brakes and a 2.8 liter VR6. The vehicle takes premium for the performance engine. The back seats are usable enough to fit two full sized adults in the back. Which is rare to come by in the sport compact sedan class. All in all the Volkswagen Jetta GLI has a little bit of everything, including a Monsoon stereo.

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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Turbo, sport seats, BBS rims, tints, huge trunk

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Thirsty and on Premium fuel only, body roll, sound proofing in the back half weak

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German Engineering And Prescision — So far great car, alot of fun to drive, hit 3000rpm and the power just rushes in

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

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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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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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Jetta — great overall car, works great, cosmetics fall apart after hitting 2-3 years old.. engine is great overall and still runs clean. also looks nice for a compact car of it's class.

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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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Good Car — Love this car. good everyday driver and gets good gas mileage. love to hear that turbo spool up

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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good gas mileage, strong body, good looking, fast stock, good handling.

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n/a

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Stealthy And Steady — 2.0 gl, 5 speed manual trans, 225/40 inch lowprofile tires on 18 ince black 5 lug with chrome lip rims, neuspeed cold air intake, eibach lowering springs, full limo tint, 10inch jl W6 subwoofer with a 500/1000 jl amp. and a soon to come neuspeed supercharger with an estimated 50 additional horsepower and a 3 inch exhaust. This car has amazing handling, great high end performance and beautiful interior.

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+ good stock engine
+ decent stock suspension
+ practical (storage space and transport capacity are both good)
+ incredible aftermarket support, if you're into that sort of thing.
+ wolfsburg edition comes with BBS alloy wheels =3
+ optional monsoon stereo is excellent for a stock system
+ very reliable
+ great fuel economy, if you're mindful of not using full boost all the time

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- who decided it was a good idea to make a water pump with a plastic impeller?
- small stock intercooler
- lots of understeer when you get past about 7/10
- vw plastic shenanigans
- not great fuel economy, if you use full boost all the time
- some rattling as the years pass
- somewhat challenging to work on. oil filter isn't very easily accessible.
- people tell you that you've got a chick car

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Great First Car, Good Performance For The Price — I got this in my Junior year of highschool... it was my first car. 2003 wolfsburg, 1.8L turbo, 5speed manual, and the mildly sport-tuned wolfsburg suspension. I loved this thing. great engine - super small displacement + turbo takes a while to get used to, but its a lot of fun when you figure it out. just watch out for a little torque steer. also, mods for markIV jettas, especially 1.8T's are rather cheap (though i never got the chance to install anything besides e-code headlights). APR makes an ECU mod for around $500-600 that kicks the power from about 180hp to 210-ish (crank, i think), but more importantly, boosts torque from 163ft-lb to ~245ft-lb... with no other modifications. the engine has a *LOT* of potential. just keep in mind, though, the stock intercooler is pretty small (side mount, about 6 by 15 or so inches), so if you're pushing really hard for an extended period, you WILL heatsoak the engine, and you can *definately* feel the power drop - boost takes longer to kick in and doesnt peak as high as when the engine is cooler. of course, as with any turbo car, the engine is a lot more perky in cold weather - cooler and denser incoming air. for what it is (economical sedan with slight sporty inclinations), it's great. it will seat 4 moderately comfortably, as long as everyone isnt a giant. good power, pretty good handling (though it understeers a lot at the limit... compensate with a little left-foot braking), great storage space (i basically lived out of my car in highschool =P), and the ability to pull on any stupid civic ricer are all definite plusses in my book. it's a little hard to work on though. it's a small car, and as such has a very tightly-packed engine bay. the oil filter is in an irritating location, and requires removal of the front underbody airdam (if you want to avoid getting oil all over it). i had the optional monsoon stereo too, which was awesome for a stock system... i thought it sounded better than the speakers in my dad's G35, which cost 3 times as much. technical failings i observed: -water pump: for some reason, VW a.g. decided it would be a good idea to manufacture the impellers on the water pump out of plastic. this last summer (2007), i noticed the temperature spiked into the red zone, even when i was driving very sedately (city or highway speeds). it was covered under warranty, but it was a pain in the ass to have to keep myself from using much of the boost. -radiator fan: the larger of the two mounted behind the radiator failed around the same time as the water pump. taken care of on the same trip. -transmission: i noticed this problem gradually getting worse over the time i drove this regularly... 3rd gear is a little finicky. it feels like the synchros are chewing on something when you shift quickly... which i tend to do all the time (helps keep the boost up). the vw service guys 'cant replicate the issue'. whatever... i'm gonna recommend to my dad to swap in a vr6 gli 6speed tranny when this one goes. interior finish: not technical per se, but something i've noticed in a lot of vw's more than a few years old. you'll start hearing little rattles and stuff.. and the nice matte finish plastic they use on a lot of stuff (particularly the inside door grab handles) starts wearing off a bit... kinda sucks, but those are the failings of age.

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Review
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It has an automatic transmission

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Everything else, leather seats, weak AC, doesn't want to work, etc, etc, etc.

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Not Worth It — I can't talk for all VW's but this one seems to be cursed or something, it's given me trouble since day 1.

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