2003 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Solid car - but reliability?

2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLS Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Solid car - but reliability?
By niteflite on


2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


The ride has been solid during my 6+ years of ownership. It's not the world's fastest car, but it's good enough. Fuel efficiency should be better on such a small engine and body, but I guess it weighs a lot. The car has been to the dealer a couple of times for recalls. One was a ridiculous one - the faulty brake light switch prevented me from being able to shift into reverse. Now there's a tech service bulletin that is not a recall - I have a check engine light on for some cooling sensor problem that will cost me some $100 to get replaced. Hopefully that will be it. The brakes are screeching like crazy in the back. When I took it into the mechanic they said it's fine.

Best Features

black/orange dash, heavy doors, moonroof.

Worst Features

relocate the cupholder, better fuel efficiency
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