2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Constant expensive repairs

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Constant expensive repairs
By rocketknight on


2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Fun to drive. Too expensive to own! Breaks often, all unusual problems, always over $1K to repair. Engine design is terrible! Water pump broke at 32K miles/4yrs. 2/3 of transmission needed replaced at 100K from the plastic hydraulics reservoir bursting. Plastic parts throughout engine are designed to last <10 years. An engine fuse didn't burst when shorted causing a small engine fire. Plastic parts break when removing to get to broken parts. Metal fuel lines bolted over plastic coolant parts with no line flex make DIY very difficult. Most parts can only be obtained through dealers. Aftermarket parts cause check engine light to be constantly on, only solution is dealer parts @>2-3x cost. ETC. Worth of vehicle always less than repair costs.

Best Features

  • Road holding
  • Braking
  • Shifting
  • Steering
  • Rear seats
  • Getting in out
  • Noise and vibration
  • Front seats
  • Ride comfort
  • Instrumentation
  • Cargo storage
  • Logic of controls
  • Interior design

Worst Features

  • Parking aids
  • Climate control
  • Entertainment
  • Usb ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation
  • Repair frequency
  • Dealership support
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Electronics
  • Purchase cost
  • Fuel economy
  • Resale value
  • Maintenance cost
  • Warranty

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