2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Fun to drive when not in the s

2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Fun to drive when not in the shop
By sean on


2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I purchased my Jetta with 5 miles and all options. After 5 years, it has about 30K miles (I don't drive much) and is often in the shop. If the engine light isn't on then it's a recall. It's had electrical issues (interior dash lights no longer works), rear pillar rattling, suspension problems and the list goes on. Once off warranty, the repairs are very costly! I'm not sure how some can rate this car with a 9 or 10 reliability. Perhaps I got the lemon. It's a fun car to drive but definitely my last VW.

Best Features

great to the touch interior, exterior design, zippy turbo, nice key

Worst Features

improve build quality and reliability. German engineered but not made in Germany.
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