2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Beauty is only skin deep...

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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Beauty is only skin deep...
By Jetta Matic on


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


Bought the car used in February 2010. By November of 2010 we had spent $1,800 in repairs on the car. Problems: lunging at startup, rough idle, several heat sensors went bad, light bulbs burning out, fuel pump went out, water pump went out, bad thermostat, poor radio reception, squeaky shocks, horrible waxy/crayon odor inside, AC smelled like vinegar at times, trunk difficult to open, door handles deteriorating.

Best Features

Peppy, comfortable, fun to drive. Sporty car. Great sounds system.

Worst Features

The only improvement would be to purchase something besides a VW. I will never own another one.
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