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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews

3.9
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2003 Jetta GLI

by from Houston, TX on July 29, 2010

I bought my '03 Jetta GLI in '06 with 46k on it and I have driven the 24v 2.8L VR6 hard every single day it now has 113k. I love my car, the one thing I will say is that the GLI did not do me any favo...
I bought my '03 Jetta GLI in '06 with 46k on it and I have driven the 24v 2.8L VR6 hard every single day it now has 113k. I love my car, the one thing I will say is that the GLI did not do me any favors while I lived in WI. During the winters the low profile tires just would not hook up in the snow, even with a $1000 set of tires I could not get traction. I now live in TX and this car is the stuff dreams are made of. Do not expect great gas mileage out of the VR6 GLI!!! 20-24mpg seems about average. The car never leaves me abandoned and the traction, cornering, acceleration are amazing. I really love the 6spd manual :) it makes me smile. This car drives and performs right alongside many of the more expensive european models, if you want to mod your car getting the 1.8t is a cheaper route but the VR6 GLI is an amazing car without modifications.
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Expensive to maintain

by from Nevada on December 12, 2013

Bought a 2003 Volkswagen 2.0 car and haven't been pleased with it since. Drives amazing when working, just wish it would last! Timing belt broke, and caused engine to be internally damaged and require...
Bought a 2003 Volkswagen 2.0 car and haven't been pleased with it since. Drives amazing when working, just wish it would last! Timing belt broke, and caused engine to be internally damaged and requires to replace a whole new engine at a price of 4500-5000 dollars. Not an ideal car to buy unless your buying new, and still you're going to spend a lot of money on repairs after certain mileage. Never will buy VW again. Spent a lot of money over the years. Hope this helps anyone who thinks about buying this vehicle. Simply....DONT!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Jetta GL - Been Good So Far

by from San Diego, CA on July 20, 2010

I bought this car used in 05 with 46k miles on it. Now hitting the 100k mark and still running strong. The only thing that I don't like is that I have had to replace the water pump 3 times. I have rea...
I bought this car used in 05 with 46k miles on it. Now hitting the 100k mark and still running strong. The only thing that I don't like is that I have had to replace the water pump 3 times. I have read that, for this year and model, it's a common defect among most owners. I just wish it didn't cost so much to replace it (you have to remove the timing belt to get to it). Other then that I have had no other major problems. I think I'll buy another VW when it comes time and I would recommend a VW, but you should probably do a little more research on them first to see if there are any major defects. I know I will.
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Best I've ever owned

by from Manchester VT on July 2, 2010

Traded my 98 TDI sedan for this 03 TDI wagon. Have 207000 miles on it and routinely get 50Plus miles to a gallon. Still have origional rear shocks and battery. Front brakes went 129000 miles. Just had...
Traded my 98 TDI sedan for this 03 TDI wagon. Have 207000 miles on it and routinely get 50Plus miles to a gallon. Still have origional rear shocks and battery. Front brakes went 129000 miles. Just had $500 worth of body work (rust) done on the warantee. With proper snow tires this thing will go anywhere you want to be.Just can't say enough about how good a vehicle it is. Better than my Porche, Mercedes, Audi, Mustang and my wifes Passat. Made in Germany!
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Great car...just get the 2.8 v6

by from Moorhead, MN on June 9, 2010

I have to drive 60 miles one way to get to school and all, this 2.8 jetta of mine has never left me on the side of the road...which is good in these harsh Minnesota winters. The handling of this car i...
I have to drive 60 miles one way to get to school and all, this 2.8 jetta of mine has never left me on the side of the road...which is good in these harsh Minnesota winters. The handling of this car is great, like my brothers audi a4. Fuel econ is not what i thought it would be...but i guess its a small price to pay if you want a fast car and not a 4 banger:) Cons: The air bag light is stuck on...i have not brought it in yet but im not that worried. I guess my overall opinion on the car is that its a great car, maintain it well and it will treat you well.
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95k Mostly Good

by from Portland, OR on September 3, 2009

I have driven my 1.8T 2003 Wagon for over 95,000 miles since purchasing new. Still love the turbo acceleration. The interior has held together very well. The rear seats are cramped for adults but fine...
I have driven my 1.8T 2003 Wagon for over 95,000 miles since purchasing new. Still love the turbo acceleration. The interior has held together very well. The rear seats are cramped for adults but fine for my little kids. When I remove the car seats, hauling capacity is simply awesome (I once hauled a entire patio furniture set). Maintenance costs have been a little steep and I have run into some wierd electrical gremlins. When I accelerate when the engine is cold, my Tiptronic tranny can drop out of gear. There are some annoying rattles. Otherwise a positive experience. In retrospect I think I'd go for the TDI as I only average 22-25 mpg.
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TDI MPG unsurpassed

by from Texas on December 5, 2009

My second TDI (98), both bought new. Wanted to be more "green" and this fit the bill. Too bad the US Gov't has run diesels out of the market. I rather liked getting 47 to 50 mpg in my cars when gas wa...
My second TDI (98), both bought new. Wanted to be more "green" and this fit the bill. Too bad the US Gov't has run diesels out of the market. I rather liked getting 47 to 50 mpg in my cars when gas was approaching 5 bucks a gallon.
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2003 VW GLI

by from McAllen, TX on May 27, 2012

Best car ever owned, driven VW for over 30 years and like this model the most! Love that 6 speed and 27 to 31 mileages the gallon.
Best car ever owned, driven VW for over 30 years and like this model the most! Love that 6 speed and 27 to 31 mileages the gallon.
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Uses car for Work

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One of the Best

by from Washington, DC on November 12, 2008

I have owned a number of very good cars over the past 30 years, and--even aside from the great value it is--the 2003 Jetta Wolfsburg is one of the very best! It handles like a charm, is very nimble, h...
I have owned a number of very good cars over the past 30 years, and--even aside from the great value it is--the 2003 Jetta Wolfsburg is one of the very best! It handles like a charm, is very nimble, has timeless styling and many practical and thoughtful features. It's most comfortable and a joy to drive, with great gas mileage to boot. From 2003 when I first bought it to the present, a very reliable car, with no problems at all. Just keep up with the recommended maintenace.
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Great Car

by from Reading, PA on June 19, 2012

I love this car. Mine has the 2.0L 4-cyl engine and is the 5-spd manual version. The clutch is very forgiving, which was very helpful due to the fact that I learned to drive manual with this vehicle. ...
I love this car. Mine has the 2.0L 4-cyl engine and is the 5-spd manual version. The clutch is very forgiving, which was very helpful due to the fact that I learned to drive manual with this vehicle. I usually get about 27-29 mpg with a mixture of highway and city driving. So far i've had no problems with it at all and it is a ton of fun to drive. The styling is nothing special, but Volkswagen does a great job of making all the controls simple and they pay attention to little details. I would highly recommend the Volkswagen Jetta.
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