2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Always broken, Expensive to fi

2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GL 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Automatic)

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Reliability Value
Always broken, Expensive to fix
By Ashton on


2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Granted, this car was used and had 109,000 miles when I bought it, but it has been nothing but trouble. Had to have it after my cousin got one (and I got to drive it)! Both radiator fans broke within 2 weeks, $460. Multiple cylinder misfires. Some crazy coolant system-related engine code (P2182) that never goes away, had to have the thermostat and the thermostat sensor replaced, $400+. Strut mounts and CV boot joint need to be replaced. Transmission slips going into 4th. Finally found a good VW certified mechanic, but parts are expensive! Trying to sell the thing.

Best Features

Interior lighting, overall appearance, sunroof/moonroof, heated seats, FUN TO DRIVE! It's the car I hate to love.

Worst Features

Everything electrical and mechanical. And seriously, the cupholders? How am I supposed to see the radio display or change CDs?
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