2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Impressive, but sad in some a

2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLS TDI Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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Impressive, but sad in some areas
By Markie Marc on


2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


11,000 mi and runs great. 49mpg even at 85mph. Most impressive feature is the engine. It will surprise you. Not a race car, but lots of torque no matter how many people or how much cargo. Great passing power on the highway even in 5th gear. More comfortable, better road feel and smoother overall drive than it's competitors. Excellent commuter and touring car. Starts well even in cold weather. Very roomy up front, but lacks space for rear passengers. Strange cup holders, later '03 models have better ones. I will seriously consider purchasing another VW for my next vehicle.

Best Features

Smooth, quiet running, fuel effcient, low maintenance diesel engine. Oil changes only every 10,000 miles. Timeless architecture inside and out. Monsoon audio system is sweet to the ear. Excellent resale.

Worst Features

Better quality of assembly, too many rattles and squeaking plastic. More back seat room! Timming belt too expensive to replace. Need a cup holder in the back. Leather package not just cover "seating surfaces". A six speed transmission option high speed drivers.
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