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 71 - 80 of 109 2003 Volkswagen Jetta reviews.

Michael writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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5

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Handles great and is real fast.

Cons

Dealership in Tulsa realy sucks!!!

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My Curent Car. — I purchased this car to get better fuel economy and because it is the safest car in it's class. James was learning to drive at the time and I knew it would be a great car to learn with. It has been a pleasure to drive and own.

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Misty writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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4

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Favorite

Cons

Expensive

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It's Green....lol — I like everything about it, except the cost of repairing it. I have dumped $2200 in the head and timing belt and am now about to dump another $2200 for tranny and clutch. But it is a dependable car as long as you can fix it right.

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Sean writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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5

Pros

Turbo engine

Cons

tight back seat

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2003 Jetta — This is my wife's car, and we love it. It has excellent build quality, it's fast, and has nearly telepathic brakes. We have had it since new, and never done any major work to it, the brakes are 80% (60K) and it looks like new. It is a dream to drive, and the seats are good (heated), it also has a premium sound system which is great for such an inexpensive car.

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Mario writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Wagon Review
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5

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MPG MPG MPG

Cons

repair parts can be expensive

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2003 Jetta Tdi Wagon — 155,000 miles averaging 45 mpg - and plenty of torque - need I say more ? Cost of ownership and longevity is good. Looking forward to another 150,000 miles. Great resource for all TDI information is www.tdiclub.com. Feels safe and secure to drive with ESP and 6 airbags.

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Andrew writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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5

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everything

Cons

Nothing

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Review — Great fun to drive, and the 1.8T engine has lots of possibilities for mods an upgrades. Gets great mileage in the city and on the highway, Built really well but some maintenance can be a pain, like changing headlight bulbs.

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Tony writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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4

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Very Quick

Cons

A bit nose heavy

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24v Porsche Engine In A Jetta Stock — Average MPG is 23 Total sleeper have not had a Civic, RSX, or any other top of the line Japanense sub come even close to an even street race. This car glides to 70mph flawlessly. The 6 speed transmission is one of the best shifting trannys Ive shifted yet, not one grind on the power shift 2 to 3. Traction control sucks you will put your head through the windshield if you forget to turn it off during a impromto street race. The stock clutch doesnt seem to handle the power though I do feel some lag during full throttle in second gear and it in the drivetrain not the motor so Ill do a clutch so I guess. The suspention was made for a four cylinder the VR6 is a bit of weight up front for any aggresive cornering but feels very strudy @ 130mph to bad for the electronic speed limiter. I think 140 was posible

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Eddy writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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4

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easy to mod, fun to drive, looks good

Cons

wish had stock HIDs

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Overall — This car is a money pit... sooo easy to mod and so much HP for the money. Currently running stage 17lb of boost at ~ 220hp Not too expensive to maintain, but oil changes are around $90 per change since have to use premium

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Jim writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Review
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5

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Will run forever on a tank of diesel fuel.

Cons

None

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Great Vw Jetta Tdi — Performance - For 4 cyl turbo diesel decent acceleration, 4 wheel anti-lock disc brakes with enhanced stability program. Build Quality - No shakes or rattles. Doors close with a thud. Appearance - Looks like earlier small BMW. Cost - Amazing 1000 + Km's per tank; round trip drive to Anaheim Ca., back up California #1 to Calgary, Ab. total 6600 km's, total fuel costs $224. Maintenance no more than gas engine, longevity far outweighs gas models. Fun Factor - Easy to drive, park and cruise long hours on hwy trips..

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Fernando writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Review
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4

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Good exterior, fun to drive, looks nice, good performance

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some annoying repairs w/ check engine light always on. etc.

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Fair Fun Car — Build quality-the engine light turns on constantly!! and some plastic pieces inside the cabin, they need repairs, globe box handle, armrest handle. Cost of ownership, costly repairs if you take it to the dealer. not much leg space interior appearance .

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Blerim6 writes:
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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4

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Great quality, no mechanical problems, amazing ride and acceptable styling for its class

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Interior life lacks, rear suspension goes bad after 50k, front wheel drive:(

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V_dubs Rule — I love my car because i feel its unique. you can do alot with it performance wise and styling wise if you have the cash... I like it becasue it rides really well and its been really reliable for the way i drive it and i used to beat on it. its rather suprising on how quick it is for some people as well. all in all i think its been the best jetta so far and if money wasnt an option i could do some fun stuff with it without overdoing the tuning on it like some stupid honda civic.

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