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Fun to drive, but MANY quirks
By jfromphilly on 08/30/13 13:15 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

My Jetta got totaled a few weeks back. She was a great car in many ways, (fast, fun to drive, gas efficient) & I got 130,000 miles out of her. However, I decided not to get another Jetta. Here are a few of the reasons: -Anytime there's a repair (and there will be many) you will pay $1000, minimum. -REEKS of crayons. (inevitably the first comment anyone makes setting foot inside the car) -Strange clicking noise coming from the turn signal -Lights turn on and won't turn off again (had to have the mechanic take them apart to get them off) -The electrical outlet/cig lighter stopped working a month in & after multiple repair attempts I had to just give up on it
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So far so good
By vwandsaabfan on 01/15/13 10:40 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I recently purchased this car as a practical everyday driver and I am loving it. It is not very powerful, but the 2.0l does well enough. The manual gearbox is wonderful and is very fun. The car handles surprisingly well. I am happy with the fuel economy (average 29.5) and so far have not had any mechanical issues. There are a few squeaks and rattles from various places in the interior, but other than that the car is very clean. It is almost at 100xxx miles and still runs like a champ. The heater is also excellent in this car, which is important as I am from Wisconsin. I have put about 3xxx miles on so far and am very happy with this car.
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FAVORITE CAR
By yellocharis on 04/10/11 15:46 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought this car in November 2010, it has only been a few months of ownership but I absolutely LOVE this car! No other car of this year can really compare. The mpg is excellent! It is a small car, but that's how I like it. I do not like big cars, I don't have a family so I don't need one. It has great handling. I love every moment I spend in my car! I hardly ever want to get out of it. It is comfortable and sleek! I have had no problems with my car so far, it has been great to me=) A pleasure, not a problem. I would recommend this car to everyone!
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Investigate throughly before you buy!
By Rose on 10/17/08 09:43 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought the car at 33,000. With 3 months left on factory warranty. The first 2 months I had the car it was in the dealership for about a month in a half still having to pay the car note. There were problems with windows not wanting to roll down, rear passenger doors wouldn't open, sunroof would open by itself. One night I literally could not close sunroof by the switch and had to manually close it. It was problem after problem. Oh, one more thing the oil light comes on for no apparent reason even after I've had an oil change. Hopefully if you purchase a VW and you have no hassle you picked a good apple.
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Fun to drive - lots of repairs
By tri1982 on 10/06/08 22:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

When I first got my Jetta, I absolutely loved it. it handled well, accelerated quickly, and was a smooth ride. But I had problems right away. The transmission didn't shift smoothly. My car still jerks and lurches when shifting gears (although the 8 times I took it in, the mechanics never experienced anything). The electrical has had issues too. My windows roll down when I pull the button to roll the window up. My engine light has been on for the last year (although I've taken it in 4 times. It goes off for a few days and then comes back on.) I love my Jetta, I just don't love all the repairs it needs.
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I hate this car!
By wacqui on 07/17/08 08:12 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I've had 3 cars in the last 22 years, this Jetta is the only one in which extended time for repairs have caused me to lose out on jobs. I always wanted a VW but I HATE this car. The parts are too expensive, not always available, and it is hard to work on the car yourself. Pep Boys would not replace a water pump for me because the car was too complicated for their mechanics and the dealership mechanics are far from good. Everything about the car is hard. You must slam the trunk to close it, you must punch the horn to get it to honk. The doors are heavy. The seats are hard. If you drop something under a seat, forget it. The manual is complicated. And I could on and on..
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Good car for awhile
By Christopher Bailey on 06/24/08 14:09 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

When I purchased my 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, it only had 47,000 miles on it. Not bad considering it was already three years old, and there was only one owner before me. I put at least almost 40,000 miles on it in two years, and it has not been bad, but when I first got it the wheel alignment was so off that I had to replace the rear CV joints and purchased new tires TWICE for the rear. Volkswagen should keep manufacturing in GERMANY and stop being so what I call America Cheap. That is when large corporations instead of paying export fees opt to manufacture in less expensive countries, which turns out to be more expensive for the consumer. I have compared the 1996 with the 2003. Keep trying
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Be very careful!
By MJK on 06/05/08 22:37 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I have always wanted a VW. About six months ago I totaled my car so I was in the market for a new vehicle. I found a beautiful 2003 VW Jetta with 49,000+ miles at Carmax. It seemed like the perfect car. Given the fact that it was a 2003 with almost 50,000 miles I decided to buy the Carmax warranty. And I'm SO glad I did! A month after I bought the car the windows and door locks would only work when it seemed to be hot outside. If it wasn't about 90 I couldn't roll the windows up or down! And never mind being able to lock the doors! Shortly there after the air conditioning stopped working. Throughout the less than three months that I have owned the car, aside from everything
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Should be a Ford fix and repair daily
By THILDRETH on 06/03/08 12:24 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Constant repairs only 20,000 miles and most of that to repair shop been towed three times now the Windows fell out looks good just needs lots of glue and bumper to bumper for life would not recommend this car.
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Bad Buy
By JMull on 10/17/06 12:18 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

This car is horrible. I brought it brand new and have had it fixed about seven times. I would not recommend this car to anyone. This was the first car that I brought myself, and is nothing but a dissapointment. It was never a smooth ride. It has always been to loud. I can not wait till the day I can afford to get another car. No more Volkswagens for me.
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