2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Do not buy VW unless made in G

2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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

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Do not buy VW unless made in Germany
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


VW are not made like they used to be, and until they do, do not keep one for more than warranty period. I grew up with my parents owning a beetle, Vanagon, rabbit, jetta, and all lasting 10 years plus with no issues. I bought a '00 jetta, kept until 45k miles and sold it to my sister, and that's when everything started failing. I bought a '03 jetta in '02; has 65k miles (fine until 50k miles when the warranty expired). Have spent $4k in past year in repairs. The electrical system is horrible! Factory radio died, temperature control module died, radiator fan and auxiliary fan failed, catalytic converter died, coolant leak, ignition coil problem, now my car won't start. Can't wait to see why.

Best Features

When the car operates properly it's a joy to drive. The handling is excellent, it's comfortable, I get complements on the appearance.

Worst Features

Extend the warranty, upgrade the electrical system.
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