2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T from North America


Beautiful, economical, excellent car to drive


Nothing yet.

General Comments:

Beautiful car!

Very roomy, huge trunk, the dials glow violet (so cool), there are so many little extras on this car it is fabulous.

The 1.8 Turbo engine is quick, it definitely helps you accelerate into traffic and make quick turns.

4-door models are so much nicer than 2-door.

The numerous safety features on this car make it one of the safest on the road.

And, it is just a sharp-looking machine, well designed and heads turn when I drive it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2003

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Liter from North America


Within first week of buying my vehicle I had to have a valve replaced.

After two weeks of owning the car the back seat latch started coming loose.

After one month after purchase, the "mid level" speakers started to rattle.

Since I have bought the car, the vehicle moans after turning off the AC.

General Comments:

If I could do it all over again, I would have bought a Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th June, 2003

28th Jun 2006, 11:46

I agree whole heartedly amen brother, a Honda would look good about now. I have had my Jetta at dealer 3 times for same problem, still have same problem. Transmission shifts are hard and erratic - sometimes it acts like it stalls momentarily, very dangerous to pull out into oncoming traffic.

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9 TDI from North America


Economical and Environmentally friendly


Absolutely nothing. It currently only has 22,000 miles, but there have been no problems. My only complaint would be that there seems to be rattling noises occasionally.

General Comments:

Better than 50 miles per gallon. 10,000 mile oil changes. The operating costs of running this car is minimal. It is easy to maintain.

It is not a smelly, loud diesel... In fact it is pretty quiet, and only smokes at start-up. Many emissions are less than those in an unleaded combustion engine. It can be run on bio-diesel which is good for the economy and the environment.

The car has unbelievable handling. I don't think I could go back to driving an american or japanese car. The torque that the engine delivers is unbelievable. It powers through hills like you are driving a v8. And to top it off, it is fairly luxurious, even the base model has all of the major comfort options you need.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2003

23rd Sep 2005, 12:24

Environmentally friendly?

What about all that sulfur dioxide (SO2)???

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI VR6 from North America


Absolute piece of overpriced garbage


Bad sensor in steering column.

Defective stereo.

Heated seats malfunctioning.

Engine stalls out.

Engine revving itself.

Brakes squeaky.

Gears grind in second.

ESP is complete garbage, can't figure out what is wrong with it.

General Comments:

So many problems with this vehicle. Owned it for 4 months & has been in the shop for 3 months. I would strongly recommend prospective buyers to look elsewhere.

Had to hire an attorney to help us with the lemon law & VW Corporate told us we must pay mileage and negative equity equaling $4000. Keep in mind we've driven the car a total of 3 weeks out of the 4 months we've owned it. Service department put most of the miles on it & negative equity for a car we've barely had??? Sound Fair?

Buyer Beware. Look Elsewhere if you want reliability & customer service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI from North America


Good value if from a good dealer


Only one manufacturers defect found at delivery. A mis-aligned plastic sill panel.

Cost to repair: $0.


Since VW has had reliability problems with some models, a good dealership is essential. Do your research, talk to other owners and find out which franchises are good. Do not impulse buy at any dealer. If you follow this advice, you can assure a good experience with owning a Volkswagen.

General Comments:

The general impression at a first walk around is that it was assembled with a high degree of accuracy. In addition, the car has no gimick's in the design, which can be appreciated.

As one opens the door, the weight of the components communicate a solid feel, and safety.

The seats are very firm and help develop driver alertness by good seating posture.

The diesel engine is the main feature of this car. It has good acceleration off the line, and is relatively smooth for a diesel. It has plenty of low end torque and generates respectable horsepower because of the turbo charger. The fuel efficiency is incredible, and its functional simplicity a joy. In addition the diesel comes with more sound insulation than other models, which provides for a quieter cabin at highway speeds.

The five speed Manual gearbox has very tall gears. The engine takes this in stride because of its strong torque. It is also exceptional at high speed cruising with the engine turning over 2400 times per minute at 70 mph.

The suspension feels soft, but really stiffens up in the turns. Very little body roll occurs. However, it is not a sports car, and the standard tires seem too soft for aggressive cornering.

This is a very well built automobile, and a perfect choice for an experienced diesel lover. It is a prime example of good no nonsense German design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2003