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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
203,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace engine (1 reports)
2003 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 012012

Jetta GLS 1.8t

  • Manual transmission
  • 135,000 miles


The 1.8T has a required waterpump/ timing service that is required to be completed around 100,000 mi. Mine was completed but my car's timing belt jumped time 37,000 miles later and broke 7 valves destroying my car. The dealer was nice enough to offer me $500 and a free detailing for the car. Thanks Dover VW!!!

- , Dover, DE, USA

problem #1

Dec 142011

Jetta TDI 1.9L Turbo Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 272,000 miles

driving on the Fyw at 65 mph, heard a bang/popping noise and immediately lost power and car made a while cloud of smoke behind it, cruised over to safe area to find out it wont start. A TDI mechanic checked all hoses, electrical, fuel, and air systems are fine, however, he a getting a very low compression 230-240, and needs a minimum of 285 to start. he thinks something went wrong inside the engine and it would cost a quite a bit in labor $$$ to figure it out, he is suggesting replacing the engine. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks

- , Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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