Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta
List price
$3,650

Pros

  • Powerful 1.8T and VR6 engines, fuel-efficient TDI powerplant, fun to drive, comfortable ride, rich interior materials, loads of standard features, solid build quality.

Cons

  • More expensive than most small sedans and wagons, tight rear-seat legroom.

Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta for Sale

Volkswagen Jetta 2003 GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
126,201 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Jetta
GLS 1.8T
List$3,199
Est.Loan: $66/mo
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$88 Below Market
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Volkswagen Jetta 2003
179 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Jetta
GL
List$1,800
Est.Loan: $37/mo
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Volkswagen Jetta 2003 GLS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
121,919 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Jetta
GLS
Auto Land Inc.
48.1 mi away
List$3,650
Est.Loan: $75/mo
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ONE OWNER IN EXCELLENT CONDTION IN AND OUT.
Volkswagen Jetta 2003 GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
166,368 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Jetta
GLS
List$1,995
Est.Loan: $41/mo
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$55 Below Market
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2003 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA GLS 2.0 LITER 4 CYLINDER GAS SAVER 166K MILES POWER WINDOWS POWER DOOR LOCKS POWER STEERING ICE COLD AIR CONDITIONING!! LOOKS RUNS AND DRIVES EXCELLENT! Visit Universal Auto Sales online at www.universalautosales.net to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 703-901-1880 today to schedule your test drive.
Volkswagen Jetta 2003 GLX VR6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)
125,908 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Jetta
GLX VR6
Keiths Auto Sales
83.9 mi away
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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$192 Below Market
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Volkswagen Jetta 2003 GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
142,845 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Jetta
GLS
Opequon Cadillac
38.7 mi away
ListNot Listed
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Volkswagen Jetta 2003 GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
140,104 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Jetta
GLS
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Volkswagen Jetta 2003
76,894 miles
Used 2003
Volkswagen Jetta
GL
M&M Auto of Towson
55.4 mi away
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Dealer Notes
Visit M&M Auto Towson online at usedcarsmaryland.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 410-825-0440 today to schedule your test drive. Air Conditioning,Cargo Area Tiedowns,Cargo Net,Child Safety Door Locks,Cruise Control,Daytime Running Lights,Driver Airbag,Front Air Dam,Front Side Airbag,Full Size Spare Tire,Heated Exterior Mirror,Interval Wipers,Keyless Entry,Passenger Airbag,Power Windows,Second Row Folding Seat,Side Head Curtain Airbag,Steel Wheels,Tachometer,Telescopic Steering Column,Trunk Anti-Trap Device,Cassette Player,CD Player,Power Door Locks

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The Jetta is no longer priced like an economy car; yet, its powerful engine lineup, near-ideal balance between ride and handling and premium cabin materials make it one of our top recommendations to small car buyers.

vehicle overview

Introduction: The Jetta, Volkswagen's sedan and wagon versions of the Golf, has always been one of our favorites. Like many cars conceived in Germany, the Jetta possesses an uncanny ability to keep the driver in touch with every undulation and irregularity on the road without sacrificing comfort. VW's small car can no longer be grouped with economy cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in terms of price, but it hasn't lost any of its appeal with U.S. buyers, thanks to a long list of standard features at every trim level and stylish, comfortable cabins replete with high-quality materials and the company's signature blue and red nighttime illumination.

Although the fourth-generation Jetta is now in its fifth year, Volkswagen has kept its top-seller fresh with continual upgrades -- the introduction of the marvelous 1.8T engine for 2000; the arrival of a wagon version, not to mention a sport suspension option for 2001; and last year, power upgrades for both the 1.8T and VR6 engines, as well as the return of the GLI sedan for enthusiast-type drivers who crave six-cylinder power without the premium features and price of the GLX. This year, the 1.8T becomes available to entry-level Jetta buyers in the GL sedan and wagon.

Unless cost is your primary concern in selecting a compact sedan or wagon, the Jetta merits serious consideration. Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options: VW is offering GL, GLS, GLX and GLI versions of the sedan, and GL and GLS versions of the wagon. Standard features on GL models include side airbags and head-curtain airbags; four-wheel antilock disc brakes; a height-adjustable driver seat; telescoping steering wheel; power windows, mirrors and locks; cruise control; a CD player; a full-size spare tire, and for 1.8T-equipped cars only, traction control. Options include stability control (ESP), heated seats, a Monsoon sound system and a dealer-installed CD changer.

The next step up is the GLS, which adds a center armrest, a sunroof and alloy wheels. All GL options are available on the GLS, along with a leather interior. GLS 1.8T models can be fitted with a sport package (firmer suspension, 17-inch wheels), and GLS 1.8T wagons are eligible for a premium package with power seats, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing wipers. The GLX sedan comes with 16-inch wheels and all of the above, except the sport package and CD changer -- the changer remains optional and 17-inch wheels are an a la carte extra. Finally, the sporty GLI sedan has all the GLS content, except the sunroof (now optional), and adds 17s, a sport suspension, ESP and sport seats. Options are almost identical to those for the GLS.

Powertrains and Performance: GL and GLS buyers can choose from one of three engines -- a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder that makes 115 hp, a 1.9-liter turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel worthy of 90 hp or a delightful 180-hp turbocharged 1.8-liter inline four called the 1.8T. All three engines provide ample power for easy around-town acceleration and are available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Fuel economy with the 2.0-liter is only average, but the TDI is a serious fuel miser (up to 49 mpg) and ideal for commuters. The 1.8T makes any Jetta a rousing good time, while delivering gas mileage about equal to the 2.0-liter (24/31 manual, 22/29 automatic). The compact 200-hp 2.8-liter VR6 purrs under the hood of GLX and GLI models; the former takes only a five-speed automatic, while the latter gets a six-speed manual.

Safety: The Jetta earned five stars in both of NHTSA's frontal-impact crash tests; the sedan earned four stars in side-impact testing. The IIHS rated the car "acceptable" for the offset crash test. Side airbags and head curtain airbags are standard across the line; stability control is either standard or optional, depending on the model. Interior Design and Special Features: Each Jetta's cabin is filled with high-quality materials and assembled with care. The front seats are roomy, but the rear bench, though nicely contoured, is tight on legroom. The wagon has 34 cubic feet of capacity with the rear seats up and 51.9 cubes when they're folded. Driving Impressions: Out on the road, the Jetta manages to provide both comfortable ride quality and agile handling. If the regular suspension is too soft for your taste, try the optional sport suspension.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta.

The yellow is starting to show
Sandra Bartlett, 10/16/2015
Bought in Feb last year and can't make a yr with it.I have replaced multi things catalytic converter.2 batteries abs battled check engine light for 6 months .Now there's an electrical drain the no one can find. Fed up here.MY UPDATE-UNLOADED this crap vehicle no one ever could figure out what was draining the battery
146,000+ Miles, Lots of Fun, but Headaches Too
pjkportland, 7/26/2013
I have owned my 2003 1.8T 5A GLS wagon since new and now have over 146k miles. It really is fun to drive and has amazing cargo hauling space. But . . . expensive to maintain and gets only about 21 mpg on premium. Make sure you have a good mechanic. Mine is one of the best, and I still have a funky/random issue - a beep, blinking dash lights, then a power drop, as if the tranny disconnected with the engine. As much as I like driving the car, I think I'm going back to Honda when old blue bites the dust.
This one is a heart breaker...
jahshwa, 7/15/2011
What can I say? I've poured money into this little beast, and everything is still breaking. If its not a circuit board, its a vacuum hose or an oxygen sensor... Everything just falls apart on this car, and there seems to be no stopping the decline. I just rebuilt the transmission, replaced two axels, two boots, the A/C circuit board, the windshield washer pump, the windshield... you name it I'm replacing it. It drives great, and I loved it for a while... but this thing is high maintenance & annoying. Not worth the fun drive at all... I've already dumped an extra $6000.00 into this car, and that's what its worth now.... :(
Fun, small wagon
eapj, 1/15/2010
So far, so good with my '03 1.8T manual wagon. I have had other VWs and wanted a small but sporty wagon and I picked this one up certified pre-owned in September 2006 with 34k miles on it. I have had to replace wear and tear items (brakes, etc.) but I have get to have a mechanical problem with it. Sure, it has quirks (sunroof sometimes opens by itself; cupholders are useless but I don't use them anyway; sometimes te rear hatch doesn't like to open). To me, these are minor annoyances that don't impact my love of the car. I plan to run it into the ground since there aren't any fun, small wagons on the market I like (new Jetta too large). So far, so good at 82k miles.
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Features & Specs

MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
115 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
19 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
180 hp @ 5500 rpm
MPG
19 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
180 hp @ 5500 rpm
MPG
21 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
180 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta
Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

The Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta is offered in the following submodels: , , . Available styles include GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A), GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A), GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A), GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GLI VR6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 6M), GL 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GL 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A), GLS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A), GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A), GL 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A), GLX VR6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A), GL 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A), GL TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M), GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A), GL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M), GL TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A), GLS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M), GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GLS TDI 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A), GLS TDI 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M), Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A), Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GL TDI 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M), and GL TDI 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A).

What's a good price on a Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta?

Save up to $192 on one of 5 Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $1,800 as of08/18/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from5 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta trim styles:

  • The Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS is priced between $1,995 and$3,650 with odometer readings between 121919 and166368 miles.
  • The Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL is priced between $1,800 and$1,800 with odometer readings between 179 and179 miles.
  • The Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T is priced between $3,199 and$3,199 with odometer readings between 126201 and126201 miles.
  • The Used 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 is priced between $6,995 and$6,995 with odometer readings between 125908 and125908 miles.

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