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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel

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I am very, very impressed.
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By klance
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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The Jetta looks great, runs great, feels
incredibly solid and is amazingly quiet
on the highway due to the low RPM of the
diesel. It uses so little fuel, my
average being 46-49 mpg, that I often
forget when I last filled up.
Suspension a bit soft for my
liking; added Neuspeed/Bilstein
Sport suspension, 205/55HR16 sport
tires and rims, and now I'm in absolute
driving heaven. Smmmooth transmission!
Interior reminiscent of high-end luxury
imports, stock stereo kicks butt.
Aftermarket performance and body styling
options are endless. Before I bought my
first Volkswagen, driving was a chore.
Now I come up with excuses to drive.
Driver Found.


Best Features

Artificial Intelligence. You can't lock the driver's door if it's open. Close the trunk, and the alarm re-arms if it was armed before. You can't run the battery down by leaving your lights on. Break pad wear sensors and a warning light! Visor over rearview mirror.


Worst Features

Not much room for big feet in the gas pedal area. Rear legroom could use a little improvement. Could be more powerful, but that would mean lower fuel economy and more tickets!


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Cool Commuter
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By TDIBob
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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My jetta is an ideal commuter! 55
highway miles each way to work and
after 18,000 miles I am averaging
49mpg.
The ride is comfortable, the seats are
great (love the heated seats in
winter), performance is impressive,
and I fill up once a week. I love how
this car drives!


Best Features

sunroof, heated seats, monsoon stereo, diesel engine.


Worst Features

outside temp indicator, foglights, and onboard computer that calculates mpg, miles until empty, etc.


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


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I love this vehicle.


Best Features

economy, handling, no defects in 2 years, and no work needed except routine servicing.


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Jetta TDI
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By PJL
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GL TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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Great car if you drive a lot and don't
want to pay a lot for fuel. Still
performs well and is fun to drive.


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


Review

No cold weather start problems, even in
a cold climate. Heated seat option is
awesome! Well-mannered car, somewhat
vague suspension, a "civilized" ride
that gives up a little on sporty
handling but gains in economy and (so
far) reliability. Fuel ratings not
quite what was quoted, I average 40mpg,
however, I drive the car pretty fast on
the interstate, and it's happy at 85-
mph! Relatively quiet, solid build, a
safe car to be in, excellent corrosion
warranty, a good 2 family car with a
little junior. Lousy rear seat leg
room for adults though.


Best Features

"Switchblade" ignition key, heated seats and rear view mirrors, nice stereo, very good gas mileage and power for a lowly 90-hp rated motor. It will pleasantly surprise you!


Worst Features

Bogus cupholder design, lack of cupholders, the drivers side seat sucks, in my opinion. Improve on handling and suspension settings.


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