The Jetta is no longer priced like an economy car; yet, its powerful engine lineup, near-ideal balance between ride and handling and premium cabin materials make it one of our top recommendations to small car buyers.
by VW88 on May 21, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I've had this car for 4 months now and have put over 30,000 km on it driving from Calgary to Saskatoon and Calgary to Vancouver. Car is great for commuting and relatively cheap for regular maintenance. If you can do regular maintenance on a gasser - you can do it on a diesel! Just be sure to use a good diesel fuel additive/fuel filter to prolong the life of your injection pump and take it for a good run regularly to keep the turbo clean and prevent sticking. My injection pump recently went from cheap fuel filter, bad diesel and no fuel additive - $2000 bill, follow the above advice to avoid this costly repair and you'll be happy with the car!
by lilmnstrsmom on Apr 6, 2009 Vehicle: 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I loved this car for the first 60,000, then it was just problem after problem. I kept good care of the car but was having continuous issues with the water pump and other minor things. The major problem was the fact that a lot of parts in the engine were made of plastic so instead of replacing just a simple section of a part the whole thing had to be replaced. I averaged about $600 every time the car went in. About 2 years ago I spent over $2,400 at one time!! Recently the car had some more problems that included the fuel pump. I took the car in and the mechanic told me it was not worth fixing. The car had 119,000 miles on it. It did it's job. The sunroof was possessed.
by Leia45 on Dec 1, 2004 Vehicle: 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
My father told me VW was the Nazi's
revenge, but I disagree. I have had
my 2003 since september 2003 and have
put 29,000 miles on it so far. Gas
mileage is great - I drive 60+ miles a
day and I love it. It has been in the
shop 2 times for minor warranty work
(rear wiper pump never worked, and
brake rotors were warped from
factory?). I recently took it into my
dealer for a 20,000 mile check up and
they replaced the computer, fuel
throttle and fuel pump due to a major
malfunction. Each time my dealer has
given me a loaner free of charge and
they have taken care of the problem
quickly. I will by a VW again. I
LOVE MY CAR!!!
Volkswagen eliminates the GLX trim level for wagons -- this means that those who prefer the VR6 engine to the 1.8T engine will have to stick with the sedan. As a consolation, GLS wagons equipped with the 1.8T are eligible for a premium package, which bundles traditional GLX content like power seats, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, wood interior trim and a trip computer. Additionally, VW has made the 1.8T available on both the GL sedan and wagon. GLs now have power windows and mirrors, cruise control and a CD player, while the GLS gets a standard sunroof and alloy wheels. All Jettas are available with stability control (ESP), heated seats and the Monsoon sound system. Other changes include a ULEV rating for the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, redesigned cupholders and backlit buttons on the standard stereo head unit.
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I have a 2003 Jetta and recently had to have the starter replaced. Ever since then the transmission will not up-shift between gears until 4200 rpm, and wont down-shift until 1200 rpm. I was wonder if ...