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So far so good
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By vwandsaabfan
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Very comfortable driving position, handling-ride balance, fuel economy


Worst Features

Base motor needs more power, cupholder is counter intuitive and blocks the radio when in use, a few rattles from various parts of the dash.


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2003 and STILL kickin'
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By oldvolkshome
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I purchased my 2003 1.8T Jetta 5-speed new. Aside from a new water pump at 60k miles (normal) and a faulty coil over arc this car is the best car I have ever owned. It is now 2011 and have 100k miles with original brake pads and original clutch and trans. The car runs beautifully.. It helps A LOT if you drive your car gently and DON'T "over tach" and screech your tires! When it comes to having a good or bad car, it's a 50/50 thing. Just getting lucky and picking a good one combined with how you drive it and maintain it. I highly recommend using synthetic oil. I have used Mobil 1 from day one and my motor doesn't burn a DROP of oil 100k miles later. Love your car & it will love you back!!


Best Features

I love the timeless appearance of the Jetta (MK4).. Far superior to it's predecessor or successor! For a compact car, the MK4 Jetta is a remarkably quiet and smooth ride. The car "tracks" clean and straight. Excellent fuel economy (30mpg if you're easy on the tach (and the turbo)). Overall, it's like butter...


Worst Features

Transmission is a bit noisy when shifting gears.


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FAVORITE CAR
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By yellocharis
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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!


Best Features

Blue and red interior lighting Comfortable seats (love the material) Sleek exterior design Quality interior materials Excellent sound system!


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To many defaults! VW is garbage!
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By deesingh84
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I foolishly bought this vehicle in 06'. The sporty black on black look sold me instantly. 30 days after purchasing the jetta the water pump, electrical & sunroof messed up! Ive prob invested over $4k since & counting? Vw is very expensive to fix & just for a side mirror to be replaced at vw was $954! My recall for the sunroof wasnt even accepted! This car has been a nightmare! The sunroof leaks, the waterpump went bad, there is no leg room for back seat passangers & for Goodness sake why is the cup holders above the radio? I cant see the station nor put in a cd without removing the drinks & water from my cups leak over the radio & into my cash tray. Finding rims to fit is challanging also


Best Features

Look, leather, interior, car lights up inside: Blue and red. Sporty.


Worst Features

Cup holder, more legroom! Fix electrical problems, lower rates for labor $60+ an hour and parts!


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Beauty is only skin deep...
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By Jetta Matic
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Bought the car used in February 2010. By November of 2010 we had spent $1,800 in repairs on the car. Problems: lunging at startup, rough idle, several heat sensors went bad, light bulbs burning out, fuel pump went out, water pump went out, bad thermostat, poor radio reception, squeaky shocks, horrible waxy/crayon odor inside, AC smelled like vinegar at times, trunk difficult to open, door handles deteriorating.


Best Features

Peppy, comfortable, fun to drive. Sporty car. Great sounds system.


Worst Features

The only improvement would be to purchase something besides a VW. I will never own another one.


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