2003 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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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.

    Pros: Performance, interior features, finishing touches, great gas mileage.

    Cons: Interior panel noises, soft touch finish coming off, cooling system sensor issues.

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 Review
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    More Trouble Than It Is Wroth — My car has been ntohing but trouble since I purchased it in Nov. 2002. If I had known about the Lemon Law I would have used it. Service department(s) can't figure out the following: why it's burning a quart or more of oil every 500 miles, nor can they fix the terrible smell the car comes from the vents when it is running. The sunroof leaks so much that on more than three occasions there has been enough water on the driver's side to cover my shoes. I was told to buy or rent an air pressure hose to clean out the tubes leading from the sunroof from time to time! The manual does not mention this procedure as part of the maintenance I should be doing periodically. The engine light comes on frequently and this seems to be another problem the service department can't quite figure out. Jetta...........I will never buy another VW car.

    Owner for 4 years, 6 months

    Miles Driven per Year:10,000

    Pros: I liked the leather seats and the way the car handles

    Cons: sunroof leaks, burns oil constantly and there is a horrible smell at alll times

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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    Love My Car! — I love everything about my car... Its been 4 years already with my car and so far only thing is that after 3 years I have to let it heat up the first time I turn it on every day or it will not have all of its power... besides that its the best car I've had so far...

    Owner for 4 years, 0 months

    Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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    I Really Enjoy My 03 Jetta 1.8t. It Is A Good Looking Car, With The Speed To Match. — The 03 jetta 1.8t is a great car. I really enjoy it. It has all of the features that I was looking for, as well as a quick little car. The only thing that im not fully impressed with is the Kickstick feature. It has been shifting on its own, but im sure that as soon as I can get it under control, it will not be an isue.

    Owner for 0 years, 3 months

    Miles Driven per Year:13,000

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Wagon Review
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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

    Pros: Fuel Economy
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    Cons: Air intake, get's coked up from the EGR

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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    Great Highway Cruiser With Plenty Of Power! — Loved the ride, very controlled on the highway, huge amount of torque available at nearly any RPM level, great visibility, wonderful steering, and was rock-solid dependable for the 3 years I owned it. This was my first VW and it acquitted itself so well we bought another later on! If you are looking to stand out this car will disappoint as it looks like every other, more pedestrian Jetta on the road, save for the wheels. If you drive on the highway a lot this is a wonderful car to be in!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Very comfortable highway ride, powerful and torquey engine, smooth 6-speed transmission, built like a tank, great materials, wonderful interior.

    Cons: Terrible gas mileage for a 2.8 V6, wallows in corners, low handling limits, fragile switch-gear.

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Wagon Review
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    Would Definitely Buy Another! — good performance acceration good good braking good handling build quality good used automoble appearance interior and exterior good deisel milage excellent!! fun factor is good -our excellent winter automobile heating system slow to warm up but once it does coosy

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: fun reliable automoble-heated sit in winter

    Cons: slow to warm up

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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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.)

    Pros: Feels like your driving a 2 door sports car

    Cons: 3000rpm in 5th gear going 60mph

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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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

    Pros: Awesome traction, awesome car

    Cons: n/a

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2014 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

    Excellent By Mannyhutch

    Great daily driver, very good on gas, reliable, comfortable, this is a car that any person that has a long daily commute will enjoy, best part is going to the gas pump and not spending too much to fil... Read More

    Great Daily Driver For The People Who Enjoy Driving By dustan

    Overall a great car, I enjoy every drive. The car is comfortable and efficient all while being completely sexy. The car can get out of its own way well and it a blast to drive at highway speeds. The a... Read More

    2013 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

    Love Our Jetta By chuckcars

    This is our go to town car. Had it 2 years. Changes the oil, free at dealer, and no trouoble. except for inability to change the clock time this year. Now for a trip to the dealer since it is still in... Read More

    Very Happy With Car By Jcar

    Super pleased with economy - I drive mostly highway, mostly 75-80 mph and average over 40 mpg. This is reason I bought the car - as I drive 120 miles to/from work. Great stereo, nice comfort, ve... Read More

    2012 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

    2012 Vw Jetta By Will

    Amazing car! Fun to drive around for daily commutes and even better for long road trips with good friends. I have driven this car through the best and worst weather conditions and it has kept powering... Read More

    Decent Car For A Decent Price By lemoffett

    I loved that this car was under $20k brand new. I also liked that it came with black interior for a white car. The best thing about this car was that all windows rolled up/down with one click. I went ... Read More

    2011 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

    2011 Vw Jetta Review By Hauk

    This model - the SEL - is loaded with navigation and all the other amenities including bluetooth, heated seats, the only thing it's missing is a back up camera Great car for the value. It has that so... Read More

    2011 Vw Jetta Review By Hauk

    This model - the SEL - is loaded with navigation and all the other amenities including bluetooth, heated seats, the only thing it's missing is a back up camera Great car for the value. It has that so... Read More

    2010 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

    Great Student Car By Ginese1

    This car was the perfect pick for my daughter, she learned to drive with my Volvo SUV, then my Passat. These were a little big for her and harder to navigate parking situations. I surprised her with... Read More

    Great Value By Jonesb930

    Overall I am happy that I purchased this car. I am at 100K and ready to trade it in but have been hesitating since it was such a great car overall. I have driven a newer model Passat during the last s... Read More

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