2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Manual + Diesel = Fun & 40mpg
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel - Consumer Review

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Manual + Diesel = Fun & 40mpg
By greg-dc on

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

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Want to drive 300mi on HALF a tank of fuel. Just go order one -- it's worth the wait. Expensive? At 15000mi/yr the difference between 20mpg and 40mpg is $1500/yr ($125/mo). Oh, did I mention the German fit & finish and amazing handling? Worried about driving a diesel? If you drive a stick, don't be. You'll quickly learn to use and love having the maximum torque at 1900rpm instead of 5000 (like a Honda). We test drove an automatic, and it felt sluggish. But isn't $125/mo enough to learn to drive a stick?

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Make it easier to get the rear headrests out.
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