2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Fun to drive, awful to own

2003 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel - Consumer Review

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Fun to drive, awful to own
By j palum on


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


A stone lodged in the brakes, the front grilled chipped from a small stone hitting it on the road, the front drivers side window fell inside the door on a cold day, the car had problems starting if the temperature was below 0 degrees, it also bogged down on the highway if you turned on the air conditioning, the power fuse blew and stranded my wife on the highway, the tires lasted less than 50,000 miles, the torsion bar for the trunk stiffened making it serious exercise to open the trunk, the clip on the armrest cover broke, and the "mag" wheels peeled. It handled well and got good gas mileage, but it wasn't worth the hastle.

Best Features

Gas mileage and handling.

Worst Features

Solid engineering and service that can detect problems when they occur.
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