2003 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta Review
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    35

    Almost Good — the cost of mantenaince is high, because the car often get problems, but in general the performance is good the car is not very fast, but is good for a common jetta

    Pros: cheap, good performance

    Cons: service of mantenance is bad

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review
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    45

    A Sport Compact Sedan With Everything You Need. — The Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a great made vehicle with more power than the 1.8T its the fastest model of Jetta. It comes standard with 17" rims a sunroof and a six-speed manual transmission. The Jetta comes standard with 4 anti lock disc brakes and a 2.8 liter VR6. The vehicle takes premium for the performance engine. The back seats are usable enough to fit two full sized adults in the back. Which is rare to come by in the sport compact sedan class. All in all the Volkswagen Jetta GLI has a little bit of everything, including a Monsoon stereo.

    Pros: Strong V6 motor, great power span in every gear, decent gas mileage for a V6, safe ABS on all wheels.

    Cons: Cloth interior, bad torque steer for FWD.

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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    German Engineering And Prescision — So far great car, alot of fun to drive, hit 3000rpm and the power just rushes in

    Pros: Turbo, sport seats, BBS rims, tints, huge trunk

    Cons: Thirsty and on Premium fuel only, body roll, sound proofing in the back half weak

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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    45

    I Lubs My Vee-dub. — I love the paint, it's in really good shape, still has a nice shine. The car is highly update-able, I can add different wheels, a ground package, and fog lights. I love hearing the turbo kick in, and the feel of acceleration, it's pretty quick, and the handling is nimble. I have fun driving it, although I look for good reasons to go out in it, 'cause the price of gas is so outrageous.

    Pros: Looks good, handles well, gets attention....just like it's owner!

    Cons: It's not a Porsche.

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Review
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    25

    Jetta — great overall car, works great, cosmetics fall apart after hitting 2-3 years old.. engine is great overall and still runs clean. also looks nice for a compact car of it's class.

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    2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T Review
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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 Edition Review
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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 Review
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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 Edition Review
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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 Review
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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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    Reviews From Other Years

    2014 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

    Excellent By Mannyhutch

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    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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