2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Manual + Diesel = Fun & 40mpg

2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLS TDI Wagon (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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Manual + Diesel = Fun & 40mpg
By greg-dc on


2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Want to drive 300mi on HALF a tank of
fuel. Just go order one -- it's worth
the wait. Expensive? At 15000mi/yr the
difference between 20mpg and 40mpg is
$1500/yr ($125/mo).

Oh, did I mention the German fit &
finish and amazing handling?

Worried about driving a diesel? If you
drive a stick, don't be. You'll quickly
learn to use and love having the
maximum torque at 1900rpm instead of
5000 (like a Honda). We test drove an
automatic, and it felt sluggish. But
isn't $125/mo enough to learn to drive
a stick?

Worst Features

Make it easier to get the rear headrests out.
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