Bought this car for my son back in May-
2003 and I must admit that it is very
fast and a blast to drive. The car
handles and performs well except for a
bit of turbo lag. Interior is adequate.
Having been spoiled by Japanese
quality, I was dissapointed with
unreliability of the car. Since buying
it 5 months ago, it has been in the
shop 5 times - 3 little things like a
broken trunk lock and twice for dead
batteries. The volkswagen dealer's been
very good throughout however, providing
loaner cars, etc. Overall we like the
car, but would suggest you consider the
trips to the service dept.
Turbo's a must have, wouldn't consider
the car without it. Handling, Styling,
and Interior lighting. Friendliness and
service of the people at the dealership.
Improve the parts quality (ie. locks,
batteries, windshield wipers, etc.)
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
My jetta has served me well but have had
a couple little issues with it...Whats
up with the noise while the car is being
turned???Need to get it into the
shop...and what about it being really
loud at 75mph and up...its screaming for
a 6th gear. But the Car is fun and lots
of compliments...especially abuot the
dash and outisde appearance. I do love
the car but my eyes are turning towards
that 2003 Toyota 4 Runner
NEW CUPHOLDERS>>>>>need a 6 speed on the
GLS...Am I the only one who doesnt like
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI VR6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 6M)
This car is fast enough to take you
safely to work. Driving this car makes
me feel 5 years younger. The 6 speed
manual transmission is amazing if you
live in areas with no heavy traffic.
Perfect clutch length makes it easy to
switch gears. After three months of
ownership I have to say that the
perfomance and quality are outstanding.
I'll be happy to update my review if
anything goes wrong with my Jetta.
Sport leather seats
17" alloy wheels
6 speed manual
stability control, traction control, and
Monsoon: horrible sound with FM radio,
no difference between AM and FM.
HID lights as an option.
Tires should be replaced with ultra high
performance all season.
Good luck with this car... Before you
buy, take a look at the service hours.
Determine if you can afford to take
1/2 - 1 day off from work to have your
car serviced. Note: they do have
weekend hours but only for certain
types of service. They will not provide
a loaner car for certain types of
service. You guessed it, if the service
you need done during the week does not
fall into the right category they'd be
happy to rent you a car!
Poor automatic transmission. It
audibley clunks when it is required to
I would not purchase a VW again... My
prior car a Nissan Sentra was
surrounded by excellent service, good
hours and lasted me 160,000 miles.
Better sound equipment. My tape deck
died after 1 year. I swallowed a
library book on tape!