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Owner Reviews: Volkswagen

Average Rating

2003 Volkswagen Jetta

Trim: leather
by smantle on 10-11-2012
Solid, sporty, affordable luxury
I bought this car four years ago, and aside from being extremely fortunate to have bought a Certified pre-owned (read: two warranty that I used more than once), this car has been like any other car I've owned, in terms of repairs. I've read that some of them are lemons, and really, that's true of ANY make. The Jetta is a sharp looking car that I never get tired of admiring. It's fun to drive, the seats are super-comfy, and I love the leather interior. I'm short, so the car feels roomy enough for my liking, but I've heard that even tall people find the headroom in the Jetta surprising. The seats are on the firm side, which I actually like, particularly on longer drives.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon

Trim: 1.8T
by tjnine on 10-11-2012
Rare 1.8T Jetta Wagon
We bought the Jetta Wagon as a replacement for a GTI VR6 because we loved the seats in the GTI, and both myself, at almost six feet tall, and my wife, at five feet, can adjust the seat to a comfortable driving position and the seats are also really comfortable, which is really important to us. We also chose it because it had a bit more cargo space and the rear doors were better than having to go through the front doors when putting my daughter's infant seat into its base. I also like the way that the VW rides, with a firm suspension that isn't sloppy, though on rough highways it is a bit, well, rough—it's about as close as I could get to a GTI wagon, and it handles quite well because I kept my 17-inch summer tires and separate winter wheels and tires.

Despite being a smaller engine, it is still powerful and fast, but the automatic transmission is really jerky. However, it takes premium gasoline and requires synthetic oil, so every fill up and oil change is more expensive.

The stereo isn't great, but at least it has a CD player, although if you use the cupholders, the stereo controls are blocked, which is a royal pain. At night, the gauges are lit up in blue, and the speedometer wand is orangey red, a colour/lighting scheme I've always thought was cool, and it makes most all the controls really easy to find at night, except when the lights sometimes die on the heating controls.

One of the things I love about the Jetta Wagon is the cargo bay—it's no huge, but it is big and square, so it's easy to throw in strollers and bags, and there are even bag hooks if we don't want something to roll around.
Overall
3.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
2/5
Reliability
1/5
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2012 Volkswagen GTI

by Jason888 on 10-11-2012
Worth to have it
It's sharp when it turns, it's excited when it's accelerate, it's comfort at the same time. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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