2003 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

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    Displaying 21 - 30 of 109 2003 Volkswagen Jetta reviews.

    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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    55

    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.)

    Pros: its nice and somewhat fast

    Cons: repairs without warranty

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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    25

    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

    Pros: Quick and fast. It loves the corners. Stops on a dime.

    Cons: 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).

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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    25

    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

    Pros: Fun to drive

    Cons: Had problems with window

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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    25

    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

    Pros: good price

    Cons: expensive parts

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Review
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    Dope! — My Vw Jetta is absolutely sick no questions. The handling is great, the power in that 1.8 litre Turbo is surprising, and the transmission is very smooth. The Jetta is one of the sleekest looking cars out there,when its kept in good shape. The black plastic bumpers are my only complaint as they folded like paper when i scraped a curb. idk what else to say. drive one and decide for yourself.

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

    Pros: Its awesome all around

    Cons: Plastic under-bumpers

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Wagon Review
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    35

    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 Wagon Review
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    25

    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 Review
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    25

    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 Review
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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 Review
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    135

    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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    Reviews From Other Years

    2014 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

    Excellent By Mannyhutch

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    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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