Impressive, but sad in some areas
By Markie Marc on
Vehicle2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)
Review11,000 mi and runs great. 49mpg even
at 85mph. Most impressive feature is
the engine. It will surprise you. Not
a race car, but lots of torque no
matter how many people or how much
cargo. Great passing power on the
highway even in 5th gear. More
comfortable, better road feel and
smoother overall drive than it's
competitors. Excellent commuter and
touring car. Starts well even in cold
weather. Very roomy up front, but
lacks space for rear passengers.
Strange cup holders, later '03 models
have better ones. I will seriously
consider purchasing another VW for my
Best FeaturesSmooth, quiet running, fuel effcient, low maintenance diesel engine. Oil changes only every 10,000 miles. Timeless architecture inside and out. Monsoon audio system is sweet to the ear. Excellent resale.
Worst FeaturesBetter quality of assembly, too many rattles and squeaking plastic. More back seat room! Timming belt too expensive to replace. Need a cup holder in the back. Leather package not just cover "seating surfaces". A six speed transmission option high speed drivers.
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