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With its comfortable ride and quiet, high-quality interior, the Jetta Wagon feels as substantial as cars costing much more. It is quick and has plenty of cargo space. Further, the VW has good safety equipment and its crash-test results are commendable. However, power delivery with the turbo engine and automatic transmission is uneven and the rear seat is very tight.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard, available in rear from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2001. ESC available in 2003, standard from 2009.
Road Test

With its comfortable ride and quiet, high-quality interior, the Jetta Wagon feels as substantial as cars costing much more. It is quick and has plenty of cargo space. Further, the VW has good safety equipment and its crash-test results are commendable. However, power delivery with the turbo engine and automatic transmission is uneven and the rear seat is very tight.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 turbo (180 hp)
  • 1.9-liter 4 turbodiesel (90 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (115 hp)
  • 2.8-liter V6 (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Volkswagen Jetta owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“First attempt at rebuilding unsuccessful so a second attempt with a different set of parts was required. Local service specialist did a great job even considering dual repair”

Anonymous, OR (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“both front ball joints needed replacement”

J A., NY (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Ball joint almost sheared off. Noticed sloppiness in handling & took in for service”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

“Suspension bushings are worn. Rough roads and mileage are the culprits”

Clay Y., CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“all VW'S 1999 to 2005 , Jetta's golf's and beetles, control arm bushing is garbage. no more problems when I changed for a Audi TT bushing. it's solid bushing for a good price. Why VW put cheap stuff in they car's”

Jefferson P., FL (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

“Shocks and struts have softened. I live in a rural area with rough roads so not too surprised”

Clay Y., CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Pronounced snap from right front strut assembly so far nobody has been able to repair; occurs only in hot summertime weather”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Springs or torsion bars

“As I recall (?) we heard an unusual sound when backing out of the driveway and took car in and were told springs had broken and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Noisy front end on moving starts not very noticeable by passengers, but enough to concern driver. Had it fixed for 6000 pesos including labor plus parts. This is a Mexican model used only in the Yucatan”

Marvin P., MB (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to replace CV boot, axle assembly, & sway arm bushing due to excess wear. Worn bushing caused loud squeak on all road bumps,”

Donald D., CO (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Due to potholes, extensive suspension work has been done in the spring of 2014 and the spring of 2015, including: replacing bent tie rods on both side; replace bearings on both front wheels. I do drive aggressively, but I expect better durability fr”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.7-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Just a slight sound with one rear wheel due for a bearing replacement. This Jetta is high mex mileage”

Marvin P., MB (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“three bearings wore out and were replaced at approximately $450 total”

J A., NY (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Alignment

“Bent rear axle beam from driving too fast ran over cobblestone ice over freeway bridge”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Leak that was very expensive to fix - $1500”

Anonymous, AB (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure Unsure)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“this is the 2nd time the catalytic converter has gone. The last time the company covered cost due to some systemic defect causing most to become defective earlier than they should have. It seems like this is a weakness in the vehicle construction”

Anonymous, ME (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This has been an ongoing problem, the re-circulations of the exhaust clogs up the EGR system with heavy carbon buildup. The pollution device never worked probably, an engineering problem that causes the system to be taken apart and cleaned every 30 to 40 thousand miles”

Tim H., IL (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Check engine light came on. I took it to the dealer, who told me the intake manifold had carbon built up and needed to be cleaned. I took the car to an independent repair shop for 2nd opinion. That shop told me the same thing, so I authorized them to make the repairs”

Edward H., PA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Intake plugged and EGR going bad. Glow plugs going bad”

Kenneth A., NC (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“carbon build up in exhaust manifold or air mass meter issue”

Anonymous, CO (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The EGR valve has required service to clean soot from the device”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“EGR is defective, three times had to clean out the EGR and exhaust manifold pipes completely clogged with carbon deposits from recirculation system”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pump failed after car not used for 1 month”

Donald D., CO (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It failed”

Anonymous, WA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Unsure)

“Leaked, needed replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine light came on several times. After reset and long distance driving indicator issue has not recurred”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Door panel fabric detaching”

R P., CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The headliner and door upholstery has come loose and has bubbled. The car has always retained excessive moisture inside which causes the windows and windshield to fog”

Anonymous, NC (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.7-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“not just my vw Jetta, almost al 99-2005 vw Jetta's have a same problem with paint. my vw is black and now is peeling the clear coat and the interior plastic creaking glove compartment door broke and the leather seats cracked. I think they put cheap stuff in those car's”

Jefferson P., FL (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Clear coat is sloughing off dramatically on the whole roof, hood, rear bumper and front bumper. Stick-on protective covering on rear bumper is peeling off. Paint is cracking and peeling off front bumper”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Clearcoat on hood and trunk peeled off. Now at over 50%”

Trevor K., MB (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Clear coat peeling from hood, top and trunk lid”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Roof clear coat was peeling badly in an area about 12 x 4" and it was getting larger so I had the entire roof repainted”

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“There seems to be a defect in painting which causes paint to bubble. It should be covered under warantee”

Anonymous, NH (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLX 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Rear axle bar broke after car hit pothole. I was unaware it broke and continued driving at 100kph for another 40 kms. car tracked amazingly true and there was little noise to alert me to the seriounsness of the incident”

R C., NS (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The infamous quarter panel rot problem got my Jetta after the warranty expired. will need to replace front quarter panel and then some”

Brian P., ME (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“rust on lower panel below passenger door”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Trunk wouldn't open at all - tried to fix, and now not even the emergency release works”

Anonymous, AB (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure Unsure)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Dash array malfunctioned”

Carol E., WA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Gauges

“Gas gauge is no longer accurate”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“High beam switch”

Carol E., WA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“keep burning out”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Headlights have gone out twice”

Thomas T., CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“There is an electrical probelm with the car, somewhat general, but has manifested itself in the headlights burning out very quickly”

Anonymous, NH (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLX 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“headlights have become foggy or hazy and I cant get them clean”

Margaret T., ON (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“rear taillight goes out intermittently -”

Anonymous, WA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Interior lights

“Automatic lock on rear drivers side door does not work”

Anonymous, WA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“something shorted, causing interior lights to not turn off, turned out door sensor failed causing lights and beeps to stay on when door closed”

Anonymous, NM (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“had to have brake pads replaced. just normal wear and tear”

Anonymous, NV (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Antilock system (ABS)

“Some debris either lodged in between the speed sensor ring and the sensor or a 'tooth' came off the sensor ring and damaged the sensor. It happened during winter driving on right rear wheel. Sensor and sensor ring both had to be replaced at 257000k”

Rick D., ON (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The ABS light is on, the anti-locking brakes DON"T work, (brakes still work) the garage has been unable to determine where the problem is. Very frustrating :(”

Paul W., PA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.7-L V6)

“I had to replace all brake pads and rotors after 100K miles”

John J., IL (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.7-L V6)

“During routine inpsection, it was discovered the rear brake pads were worn such that they didn't pass. They were replaced”

Stewart D., NY (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“It was not possible to replace the one bad caliper. If one is changed, both must be changed”

Ronald H., IN (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Had to have the front brake pads replaced”

Thomas T., CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced warped rotors to try to fix driving vibration, has helped, but still have vibration”

Paul W., PA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.7-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“intermittent coolant overflow tank leaks last year and now again with leakage seen from head gasket too now. supposedly rare in this engines but I guess I'm lucky. Repair pends in next week”

Brian P., ME (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Timing belt or chain

“Few months ago, my engine light had come on and the VW dealership told me that the coil needed changing and since they were doing that they said the cam sensor would probably need changing. If that was being done then I should have the timing belt changed and the water pump too.They would do it all for $ 1200. I had hem change the coil. Anything else, I thought I was being ripped off so I went to a VW specialist who replaced the belt and water pump. It cost be $1200. My car seemed to run well bu”

Thomas T., CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Idler pulley started to wear and make noise at 70,000 miles, timing belt & related parts were replaced before causing a major problem”

Kent D., GA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“timing belt wore out had to be changed”

Anonymous, NM (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Timing chain Guide Rails are worn out that a bad noise was coming from the engine”

John B., KS (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.7-L V6)
Turbo or supercharger

“Needed replacement”

Tim C., ON (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“An independent auto repair shop said my turbo charger needed to be replaced. The same year this same shop had also replaced the EGR valve and cleaned the partially clogged intake manifold. I had taken the car to this shop for a 2nd opinion after the VW dealer had told me the same thing”

Edward H., PA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Valve train broke and destroyed the engine”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Clutch replacement was the big invest meant I made with VW dealership in Glendale. So far, so good! Touch wood!”

Thomas T., CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“cost 1300”

Anonymous, NE (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dealer quoted about $2000-2200 for replacement. My mechanic has proven extremely competent with this TDI diesel wagon and much superior to dealer support for this car. He installed a Passat clutch. Labor $450, parts $420. Superior job. Very happy.l”

Anonymous, VT (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Torque converter

“Failed at 160000 miles. Had done some performance upgrades which exacerbated the problem”

Scott F., MD (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“3rd gear synchro failed, we rebuilt the transmission to ensure many more years of service”

Kent D., GA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Car experienced frequent failures to respond when shifted to reverse. Resolution of this issue required a transmission rebuild”

Anonymous, CT (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLX 2.7-L V6)

“Automatic transmission torque converter failed at 160000 miles. Replaced with 5 speed manual”

Scott F., MD (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“Catalytic converter loaded up. This is to be expected. Replaced at $1200”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Catalytic converter split where it joins the exhaust pipe, seems to be a very common problem”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Exhaust leaks

“Another common problem, the catalytic converter split at the weld leading to the exhaust pipe, happened at 70,000 miles and around 8 years”

Tim H., IL (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Exhaust leak at flex pipe. The exhaust is sold in pre-assembled sections. The front section included flexpipe and 2 cataylitic converters. $1300.00”

Trevor K., MB (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

“Age and use, regular wear and tear”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Pipes had to be replaced due to aging, use”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Cracked/Failed flex pipe on the downpipe from the turbo”

Richard W., NS (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“The car is 12 years old and has seen 12 Arizona summers, The AC finally went out. I would consider that pretty good”

Ronald B., AZ (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

“Fan motor failed”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Same as last answer”

Ronald B., AZ (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The blower stopped working because the blower switch stopped working. This is the second failure of the switch. Both the switch and the blower (with a failing bearing) were replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

“HBeater core appears to be leaking due to smell of coolant when turning on heat”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“The condenser failed. A/C no longer works because of that issue”

David P., NS (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Serpentine belt failed. Car had to be towed to avoid overheat. Belt replaced. Car back in service. Belt was most likely original”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.7-L V6)

“loose belt”

Anonymous, AB (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Replaced oxygen sensor”

Michael G., DE (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“After I recognized the oil leak I arranged for a fix with a mechanic specializing in European cars. Several gaskets were replaced and the engine was inspected. However the leak persisted. The mechanic discovered another gasket needing replacement and replaced that free of charge since it should have been recognized initially”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“chronic oil leakage at drain in pan”

Reg C., CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Cooling system metal conduit broken on right angle bend replaced with new part”

Marvin P., MB (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Weather stripping fails on driver's side. It rains (it's Seattle) and the driver side rear footwell fills with water. A *lot* of water. To replace that section of stripping would cost $300, according to VW”

William Z., WA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.7-L V6)

“Oil pan seals changed”

Marvin P., MB (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“strange squeaks since new”

Reg C., CA (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Minor air noise from window or the driver and passenger mirrors”

A V., TN (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“Automatic locks no longer work in right front and left rear doors. I have to manually push lock stems down, and unlock by pulling interior handle”

Anonymous, TN (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Power door locks only work occasionally”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Automatic locks on 2 doors stopped working within the last year. I paid about $300 to have one automatic door lock mechanism replaced but when the second one broke I would not spend $300 again, so I have to lock it manually with the button”

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“The sunroof stopped working as designed. It did not shut completely without manual help. Finally it got stuck in an open position and I had to have it shut permanently and disconnected”

Anonymous, NC (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.7-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“Needed replacement”

Tim C., ON (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“yellow warning light came on flashing. Ignition coil was cracked. Ignition coil & air pump mounts were replaced”

Anonymous, NS (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure Unsure)

“had to replace all 4 coils”

Sylvain S., ON (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Had to replace coolant overflow tank”

Mike G., DE (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaking from the Crack pipe or thermostat”

John B., KS (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“2nd gear has slippage only/”

Stephen S., NJ (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Rough shifting

“Some time transmission shift with real hard gurk”

Kenneth A., NC (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Car stopped while driving. Had to have computer (engine control module) replaced”

Anonymous, TN (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

“Replaced left front wheel bearing”

Michael G., DE (2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“The CD player no longer works”

Anonymous, NC (2003 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
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