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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by highker

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Reviewed: 2003 Volkswagen Jetta

4dr Wagon turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Why the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta?

Fuel economy

It gets better mpg than any other new wagon.

Cargo capacity

Decent cargo capacity for the class.

Safety & braking

ABS, electronic stability control, driver & passenger front, side and head airbags all standard.

Discounts & incentives

$1300 green car tax break for being 50 State clean diesel compliant, 41mpg hwy.

Handling

Crisp, sure handling makes it safer and fun to drive.

Why Not the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta?

Reliability & durability

Reputation for electrical problems.

Dealer practices

Record of dealer service network worse than average. I read many reports of work costs higher than expected, multiple visits for same problem, technicians apparently ill trained, non-professional or discourteous or deceitful service reps.

Brand reputation & image

Image of a good car, well built, good handling with lackluster dealer service leads to uninspiring owner experience for many.

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