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1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,552 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 172016

Jetta

  • 110,678 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission strained to shift out of first gear. Water pump went out cause car to run hot.. water pump was replaced but blower head gasket.... airbag light comes on and off

- Millen, GA, USA

problem #11

Oct 132014

Jetta

  • 150,489 miles
The Jetta is defective in the car will start but needs to be engaged in ignition and the sit for 12-15 minutes before it is able to get in drive gear. Currently it will not engage in reverse gear. The temperature is mild 74-78degrees F and the car needs to be constantly serviced. Upon the incident this Jetta was driving and there was a visibility probelm through the windshield. The windshielf was replaced. The engine lights are on the engine was serviced, it was leaking fluids, it was serviced by a reputable service center 9 mile eastpointe a specialist is foreign cars. Then the Jetta while driving in a residential area the steering locked up and was stiff, stiffer still and unable to engage the driving rhythm I am an experienced driver and accustomed to pre power steering and this was a mechanical failure in the steering, wheels"? currently the car is unable to be used as it wont go in gear of reverse, it moves on the consul and there is no motion. The battery and the fluids and the celanoids, belts, everything has been checked and looked over. I had to get a tow to get it serviced in Oct. 2014 and will have to get a tow now too for the estimate of why the flat fuse on the battery is not able to give the engine enough power to drive or reverse. The Jetta was bought used from another party, and had an accident from that owner, it was sold to me and since then the leaking fluids, check engine light have been serviced. I see 0 recalls. I realize you have over 40,000 consumer complaints but this is a safety concern as I Transport human passengers of minor age and have had difficulty several times in just driving down the street to manouver a small car. This Jetta is aged and has high mileage but this is a german engine" the precision and tuning I have previously experienced from an automobile is lacking in the components of the engine pieces put into action to driv.

- Grosse Pointe Park, MI, USA

problem #10

Apr 152014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Fortunately, my son was at a red light and went to take off and it would not change gears..he rolled into the parking lot ahead of him. He told the wrecker driver that it felt like something fell - we opened the hood and saw that the motor was actually sitting crooked. The motor mounts were broken, on one side broken off on the other stripped.this could have been a very bad outcome. Several mechanics have tried to repair it (unrepairable). We have been told that the block and/or engine will have to be replaced. The cost for the part is between $ 3100-3700 - plus labor. Keep in mind that the motor runs great! I have contacted VW - with no luck.. but admitting that there have been others. I feel that this is not only poorly designed..maybe not strong enough material, but it is or could be dangerous. As I stated fortunately my son was a T a red light..not going down the hwy and come to a sudden stop.

- Inman, SC, USA

problem #9

Dec 242012

Jetta

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car stalls at highway speeds when at quarter tank or less. Parts replaced, still occurs. There is no known fix for this problem, it always comes back, and is most likely a manufacturers defect with the fuel pump system that is being ignored by VW of America. This is happening to hundreds and most likely thousands of Volkswagen Jetta, golf, beetle and gti owners. We have been connecting the dots through online VW forums and are frustrated! there have been accidents reported due to sudden power loss and therefore deceleration due to this issue. Just this morning my Jetta stalled in front of a semi truck doing 65mph on the highway. This is a very dangerous problem, it's happening to a lot of owners of VW's manufactured between 1999 and 2005, and it needs your attention before someone gets seriously injured. Thank you.

- Los Osos, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 262013

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
According to a VW dealer, the catalytic converter on my 2003 VW Jetta failed at 89,000 miles. The VW dealer stated that it failed because the mil illuminated and the car's computer shows code P0420. The dealer also stated that the vehicle is no longer covered by any warranty.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Dec 262013

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The plastic dipstick handle on my 2003 VW Jetta cracked off the dipstick and required replacement. The part number is 06J115611E.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Dec 262013

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 89,235 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

One of the two large cooling fans in the front of the engine failed. The part must be replaced to prevent engine overheating. The part number is 6X0-959-445-F.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 262013

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 89,235 miles
The temp sender on my 2003 Volkswagen Jetta failed for the second time. The first failure occurred at approximately 38,000 miles in 2007.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Dec 262013

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 89,235 miles
The thermostat on my 2003 Volkswagen Jetta failed for the second time. The first time it failed as at approximately 40,000 miles in 2009.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 082007

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 37,750 miles
My 2003 Volkswagen Jetta's coolant pump failed while in traffic. This caused a reduction in power and engine overheating. Replacement was covered under warranty.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 122012

Jetta

  • 94,000 miles
All warning indicators (ABS, cel, airbag, ecp, battery and other instrument dash panel lights) would flicker repetitively until the car lost all power. After inspection of the engine compartment it was found that the alternator cable that attaches to the fuse box located on top of the battery was melting the fuse box and causing power distribution problems. The Volkswagen dealer recommended that they both be replaced as the cable could have become high resistance thereby causing excessive heat at the fuse box. I had the alternator cable replaced with an oem part and the fuse box with an aftermarket part. On 10-9-13 with 104K miles while driving to work at 6am in the morning, the exact same symptoms were experienced again. Luckily I was on a side road and was towed to a dealer which said that all oem parts should be used and that this is common as they had just replaced the alternator cable on another Jetta of the same generation. I requested the dealer check the entire electrical system including the alternator because the parts that were installed last year should not go bad in 1 year, the dealer said there was no other issue. I am not the only one experiencing a melting fuse box. At the links below are others who have experienced the same thing, even across other VW models. There seems to be a serious problem of melting of fuse boxes which can occur at any time the vehicle is in operation. (with pictures) forums.fourtitude.com/showthread.php"4562591 forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4682918-why-S-my-fuse-box-melting newbeetle.org/forums/questions-issues-concerns-problems-new-beetle/28982-battery-fuse-box-melting-04-new-beetle.html forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4705261-battery-light-flickering-on-acceleration forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php"4829541-burnt-black-cable-fuse-box-on-top-of-battery.

- Newton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 092013

Jetta

  • 145,000 miles
The car was parked for two days without being driven. While it was parked, neighbors ran over to report it was smoking under the hood. We saw that there were flames coming out from underneath the front of the car. Fire department came, but fire had already extinguished itself. Fire department disconnected the battery ground and said the wires going to the cooling fan had set on fire. All of this was spontaneous. Engine was not on.

- Newburyport, MA, USA

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