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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T SedanReview
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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.

Pros: Nice pickup when turbo is used.

Cons: Very little legroom in the backseat. Can only seat 4 people max.

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg EditionReview
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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 SedanReview
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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.

Pros: good gas mileage, strong body, good looking, fast stock, good handling.

Cons: n/a

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg EditionReview
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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.

Pros: + 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

Cons: - 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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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi SedanReview
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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.

Pros: It has an automatic transmission

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

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 SedanReview
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Best Car I Have Ever Owned — bought this car about a year ago used with 30000 miles on it drive it every day for a year and have had no rpoblems with it currently has 52000 miles. brakes are great handeling is amazing (it goes around corners like a dream). the car is great on gas aproximatley 30mpg.

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg EditionReview
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Good Handling, "peppy" Engine, Good Seats, Resonable Gas Economy — Bought the car for my wife in '03. She really likes the size and agility. It changed my mind about what could be done with a four cylinder engine. I'm still a little doubtful about the long term durability. Problems with the BBS wheels - appears to be corroding 2 of the 4 wheels - clear coated? simple repaint?

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T SedanReview
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta — Mine was white. Not my kind of car but good on gas and convenient and comfortable

Pros: Good gas mileage, and comfort

Cons: SLOW!!!

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 SedanReview
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A Workhorse With European Flair. — Soft, compliant suspension mated with direct, communicative steering make this an easy day in day out driver. 4 Cyl. engine is good with low end grunt but lacks power for truly aggressive driving. Clutch is easy, light, with long pedal travel and sometimes vague shifter. An economy car with luxury intentions, the interior suprises with excellent detail, build quality, and simplicity. Car is very quiet, smooth, and dependable, allowing for long highway trips that are neither arduous nor painful. Although day to day driving is truly easy in this car, sporty driving is not to be had with the GLS model. The balence is on commuting, not on sporting.

Pros: Quiet, well planned interior. Stylish interior, exterior with excellent build quality. Simplicity, excellent gas mileage from the engine with adequate power. Manual transmission is a must.

Cons: Interior is too small for large people in the back seat. Engine, suspension lack sporting ambitions.

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6Review
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I Love It — it's awesome and fully loaded. heated leather seats. 8 way power seats with 3 memory slots for drivers seat with key association. woodgrain interior, sunroof. i love it

Pros: everything

Cons: premium gas:(

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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By Jack

its comfortable and great on gas with plenty on power. Read More

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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

Review By Lrgalan51

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

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By Samuel

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

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Well maintained vehicle. The previous owner took very good care of the vehicle Read More

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Review By John

Price is right, gas mileage is unbelievable. Good deal. Read More

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