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!!!
HEATED SEATS BABY! Monsoon sound
system is great. I also love the
cover in the trunk too keep things out
of view of passerbys.
Make the replacement keys less
expensive-COME ON! $100 for a darn
After my wife got a new car, a 2001 VW
Jetta VR6, I got a little jealous. So
when it came my turn to buy a new car I
bought a Loaded 2003 VW Jetta GLS 1.8T.
Unfortunately I just got into a major
car accident on Fathers Day (2004) that
ended up totalling my Jetta. And after
everything was over, I walked away with
very minimal injuries, a little cut on
my wrist from the front air bag, and I
hit my knee on the dash. All six air
bags went off, and this car saved my
life. And guess what, I'm going to buy
another one! Great gas mileage, and a
blast to drive!
The performance of the great 1.8T, you
gotta love it. And the great gas
mileage, average was 30 mpg! Much
better than our 2001 VR6. And I can't
stress enough how safe this car is,
Sacrifice a little bit of that great
trunk for a little more rear leg room.
Again, the dash cup holders still suck.
They block the radio. Leather seats are
better than the cloth, but still to
stiff for my wife. I like them though.
I purchased the car in early April
2004, and 3 weeks later it was in the
shop for a look at the transmission,
which was shifting hard between second
and third gear (sometimes it would
make a "clunk" sound, and the whole
car would shudder). The shop couldn't
find anything through their computer
diagnostics and sent the car home with
me. The problem continued, and the
dealer ended up replacing the
transmission. A 2003 car with only
4,000 miles. The "new" transmission
is a slightly better but still has
rather jerky shifting in the lower
gears. I am very disappointed with my
purchase, particularly since I traded
my Honda Civic in for this VW.
Car's interior and exterior design are
Quality control on everything from
transmission to seat belts!
I bought this car new in November,
2003. Huge incentive from VW so the
car was a steal.
I've been thrilled with it so far. The
build quality seems far superior to the
Mazda, Matrix, Impreza, Focus. No
comparison really. My sis-in-law owns
an Audi A4 Wagon that is a spitting
image -- same exact engine, same
interior --except the Audi has trip
computer, leather and 4wd. If you
think leather, trip computer and 4WD
equals $17,000, then go for the Audi.
My car was half the price of hers!
Engine, overall quality feel, value-to-
Improve the stereo a bit. Mine is the
base model. I had an issue with one
wiper blade after about a month.
Make the GLS more distinct from the GL -
- only difference is the sunroof.
It really drives and handles well.
Getting 45 mpg is awesome and going
600+ miles between fill ups is nice.
The wagon surprisingly hold a lot of
stuff, with the front seats of the car
being roomy. 10,000 miles between
maintenace is a plus.
Fuel milage, handling and front seat
comfort. I also have had nothing go
wrong after 14 months and 20k miles.
Also check out www.tdiclub.com
VW customer survice is poor. Get
heated seat b/c it takes a while for
engine to warm up. Automatic locking
doors system sucks with wagon. Needs a
longer sun visor (just drove from
Arizona to California with Sun in my
eyes the whole time). Rear seats are
cramped, but it a small wagon.