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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T WagonReview
Justin writes:
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It's A Station Wagon — Well, with the new shocks, it's probably one of the better handling station wagons out there, and it's no slouch with VW's ubiquitous 1.8T engine (which has become a 2.0T in recent years). It's built like a German car, which means that there aren't any flimsy panels, and the doors close with a solid "thunk." The rubber pipes and hoses in the engine bay weren't made of the best materials, so expect to replace them once in a while. It's not a bad looking station wagon, especially if you have the 17 inch factory rims, but it's not as awesome looking as those giant American land yacht wagons they used to make with wood siding. It has good fuel economy, but expect to spend a bit on maintenance. 2003 was around the low point of VW's product quality, though I hear it's been steadily improving since. It's fun to drive, because it's a station wagon that can handle and go fast. It's got tons of low end torque, which means that for a moment, I can pull away faster than most other cars out there. When you're driving around in traffic, that's all you need.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: It's a station wagon

Cons: It's a station wagon

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi WagonReview
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V Dub — awesome since i put in box programmer so much more power. Nice and low great handling. interior is awesome. great on fuel looks good all kinds of people like the car from young to old. It is a VDUB ya

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: It is a VW wagon

Cons: Have to love diesels

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T SedanReview
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Would Buy Again — * Performance - acceleration, braking, handling (after mods of course) * Build Quality - nice German quality. * Appearance - Solid interior and exterior styling * Cost of Ownership - gas mileage:26 mpg, maintenance: not too bad * Fun Factor - fun to drive after lowering and some suspension work

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: German quality at lowest cost

Cons: bad coil packs

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi SedanReview
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Quality — all around awesome vehicle but next time I would buy the wagon. The performance is top notch. Expensive for the oil changes but worth it in the long run. I have never owned a better built car than this one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: quality built and good on gas

Cons: needs more rear seat room

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 SedanReview
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Valuable. Great Daily-driver. — Pros: Fit/finish, economy, reliability, great transmission (5- speed), huge trunk-space, stock Monsoon sound-system. Cons: FWD, low on power. Cheap to own/maintain. Changing the oil is a breeze. Runs like a top, never had a breakdown. Pretty fun to drive, has excellent brakes and average acceleration for a car of this caliber. I'd recommend it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great bang-for-your-buck.

Cons: FWD.

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T SedanReview
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Jetta 1.8t — Its a kid carrier, can't expect too much performance. Understeers like a mo-fo, but when the intercooler isn't heat soaked, the acceleration is, at best, decent. However for a family sedan as it should, function comes before performance. Overall not a bad car, but bone stock, not the funnest thing to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Kinda fun family car

Cons: understeer, body roll, acceleration, handling...f

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T SedanReview
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Good Car... Not Great, But Not Bad, Either. — Turbo is nice, but I'd prefer a bigger engine. Decent handling but a poor turn radius. Brakes are always making noises and the mileage could be better, but in the end it's a very sturdy, dependable little car. In the future I will likely stick with VW but upgrade models.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Wicked fast when turbo kicks in.

Cons: Turbo drains the gas tank...

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T SedanReview
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Small And Well Handling. — Good handling, quick acceleration and deceleration. Good quality for a compact car. Good styling, not garish or boring. Very fun to drive, but the a/c doesn't work that well. Have not had it long enough to judge maintenance costs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fun, small, quick.

Cons: Not very roomy.

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T SedanReview
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My Jetta. — Performance - acceleration, braking, handling, turbo boost Build Quality- excellent, no squeaks Appearance - metallic green exterior, Cost of Ownership- 27-35 mpg, service every 2500 miles. Fun Factor - VERY FUN and fast. boost controller =]. Sound - 8 speakers Monsoon System. excellent sound.

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

Pros: boost, power, handling, braking.

Cons: small

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg EditionReview
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If You Can Find A Good, Clean Used One...buy It. — I loved this car and miss it dearly. Build quality was very good...the doors were very solid and had a tight fit, the dash was made of very high quality materials and overall fit and finish were good. Gas mileage and power from the 1.8T engine were great...I used to average around 30mpg. There was a bit of turbo lag, but once that passed, the car scooted along nicely. The Wolfsburg package added wheels by BBS and a real spoiler, it was a pretty nice looking car, especially in red. One of the only negative things was the cost of replacement parts. I didn't have to do much, but when I did, it was expensive. I think that's typical for VW's. Some VW's have a reputation for poor reliability, but I never had any trouble with mine at all. The car handled very well, pretty flat cornering and the brakes were very good. I'd definitely recommend this car. I'm glad to see that VW made the Wolfsburg available again with the turbo engine...I would have liked to speak with whoever decided to put the 2.5 5cyl in the supposedly special "Wolfsburg Edition."

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Great 1.8T engine, good gas mileage, fun to drive

Cons: Expensive replacement part costs

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Roomy, priced right, good value for the price. Android auto connectivity is via a USB cable rather than wireless which is disappointing. Read More

2020 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By gdsnhanson

Good features for the base S model. Engine could use some more hp but that’s how it gets 40 mpg. Read More

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Excessive oil consumption. No oil showing on the stick before 10,000. Miles, again I liked 1700 more miles before oil change & no oil showing on stick. So VW changed oil & filter & said they added mor... Read More

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I love it. I love how it drives and how comfortable it really is Read More

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