2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8T from North America


The Peoples Car Rocks..


Nothing has gone wrong so far, Thou I bought this car used, The carfax is clean, not sure how accurate that is, my brakes seem to be a bit funny, which I notice when I purchased, I told the dealer about this, they said the brakes are new, yes the back brakes are new, which means the previous owner beat the hell out of it? Owell.. I have notice if you allow the car to idle (in Fl) for long periods of time, it tends to get a little hot, I do believe the Manual does mention not to do this and the manual also mentions starting the car and not letting it Idle for a long time when you first start it up.. Recommend to start and go.. THe oil change was a shock, it is recommened to use Mobil1 Synthetic Oil.. other wise your warranty could be voided.. Expensive Oil Change.. VW Recommends to change at 5000 mile thou.. instead of the normal 3000...

General Comments:

I like my car and I am happy with it, It is to my surprise quick. I can easily pass people on the highway at high speeds. The bad thing is I feel like I am going 45mph I look down and moving at 85mph? The Monsoon radio is good for a factory radio! The gas mileage is a bit more than I would like. I am driving this car on average 100 miles a day. It is comfortable and handles nicely. My Outside mirrors have defrost.. love that...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2007

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL from North America


Great car with some slight problems that can't be fixed


Power loss & stalling.

I have recently experienced loss of power while driving on the highway/freeway. It doesn't happen on surface streets, but this is where the stalling occurs. Both times in a drive-thru of a fast food restaurant.

I took it into the dealer where they kept it for 2 days with no results. They told me nothing showed up in the diagnostics, nor in the test drive.

The car has stalled on me once since & it continues to lose power on the highway. I'm afraid it will leave me stranded at some point & I rather not wait. If anyone has had a similar experience please feel free to comment.


General Comments:

Other than the specified problems, I have had a very good experience with my Volkswagen. I'm not sure how much has changed since the 90's, but the 00's have been very kind to me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th November, 2007

13th Nov 2007, 10:15

When was the last time the fuel filter was changed? If you don't know, then change that. Sounds like fuel starvation.

Plugged filters don't show up on diagnostic scans.

It's part of normal maintenance anyways.

2003 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 turbo from North America


Never again a VW!


Turbo was a fiasco just getting a replacement when it blew. Having the timing belt done the mechanic used the old snubber (found out they are not re-usable later) a destroyed the top end... had to rebuild it. Has perpetual leaks that flood the floor on the driver and passenger sides. Trans makes all kinds of sounds... I'm sure its not long for this world...

General Comments:

While the style is nice, and I like the leather interior, pick up and acceleration, and of course the gas mileage, there is a cost to buy and a cost to own... the cost to own far outweighs the cost of buying it... you have to have a back-up vehicle and lots of extra $$$ to own a Jetta!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th November, 2007

8th Mar 2008, 09:40

Every mechanic knows that timing belt or chain are garbage as soon it taking off the car...

13th Jan 2009, 16:30

I don't know how anyone can blow a stock turbo on a Jetta unless they abused the hell out of it? I have never ever seen or heard of this before. I have to guess you had an aftermarket turbo installed, which you abused and it blew. How is that VW's fault?

As for the timing belt, well, when you CHANGE your underwear do you put on a clean pair, or just put the fudge stained ones back on? Clearly your mechanic messed up, and that caused the head damage. Again, not VW's fault in any way.