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Mostly Reliable
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By JHozer
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this Jetta new in 2003. It has been a reliable commuter except for the usual VW problems. Replaced the plastic water pump at 75,000 miles. Also, the computer is very sensitive. Check engine light pops up occasionally. Changed mass air flow sensor twice, O2 sensor, coolant temp sensor three times. On the bright side, the Jetta is a smooth ride with a very comfortable interior. Love the heated leather seats! Still getting 32mpg on the highway after 6 years.


Best Features

Heated leather seats. Smooth ride. Child seat anchors. Monsoon stereo. Fuel Economy. Exterior styling - New Jettas look like Toyota Corrollas!


Worst Features

2.0L engine underpowered for this car. Sensitive computer.


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mydub
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By dubman
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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owning this 03 jetta has been wonderful and my kids love the car as well.Plus it being a 5 speed,makes it more fun to drive.The only thing that i would change is the location of the cup holders.When your on the freeway and your driving this vehicle you could be doing 80 miles an hour and not even know it.


Best Features

having all the windows going down when you turn your key to the left and the windows go down.


Worst Features

placement of cup holders


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Reliable, Comfortable
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By Hozer
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought the car new in 2003 and am about to turn 100,000 miles. Still getting 32mpg on the highway. Very comfortable car for the size. Only problems are the plastic water pump (replaced at 70k) and a touchy check engine light.


Best Features

Exterior styling. interior comfort


Worst Features

More reliable water pump. Move the cup holders.


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Solid car - but reliability?
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By niteflite
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The ride has been solid during my 6+ years of ownership. It's not the world's fastest car, but it's good enough. Fuel efficiency should be better on such a small engine and body, but I guess it weighs a lot. The car has been to the dealer a couple of times for recalls. One was a ridiculous one - the faulty brake light switch prevented me from being able to shift into reverse. Now there's a tech service bulletin that is not a recall - I have a check engine light on for some cooling sensor problem that will cost me some $100 to get replaced. Hopefully that will be it. The brakes are screeching like crazy in the back. When I took it into the mechanic they said it's fine.


Best Features

black/orange dash, heavy doors, moonroof.


Worst Features

relocate the cupholder, better fuel efficiency


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Cool Car-Mechanically unreliable
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By SM
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Driving the Jetta was fun, but I found that it was the mechanical issues that bugged me. I bought this car with 36k miles on it. I had no problems for 5k-10k miles then everything went. I had to replace the sway bars, because they rusted, I had to get new front brakes and that cost $615 bucks =0( It also won't start when its 0 degrees or lower. I took it in 4 times and the dealership had no idea what was wrong. My battery was checked and was fine, everything was fine they told me. But it wasn't. I jumped ship and got a Scion TC. I love it and it starts in frigid temps. I loved this car, but hated the fact that it was mechanically garbage!


Best Features

Heated cloth seats, cool blue gauges, theater seating in the rear.


Worst Features

The Mechanics of the vehicle. Jerky Transmission


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