2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Jetta - mixed results
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLS Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Jetta - mixed results
By Goldfarb on

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

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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.

Best Features

Car's interior and exterior design are terrific.

Worst Features

Quality control on everything from transmission to seat belts!
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