hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,800 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 182014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles


The rear door locks do not work with the key fob or the electrical switch ion the driver's door. This is a serious issue when you have children in the rear seat.

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 012012

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I started experiencing a hot spot in the driver's heated seat in the fall of 2012. I have to put a cushion between my right leg and the seat or it will nearly burn. I have also been having an issue with either the O2 sensor or catalytic converter whenever it rains and it's cool weather. The car will lose power, sputter and lurch until it has been running for a while then it acts normally. Finally, for the past two months the rear door locks will not open with the keyless entry or by hitting the lock/unlock button on the door. I just reached the 100K mark and keep up regular maintenance on my car so I'm a little upset that things like this are happening so early.

- Staunton, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 022013

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
I own a 2003 Volkswagen gl 1.8 T, when I press the lock button, the car doors do not all lock, or will work sometimes, I also am not able to get into the trunk. Upon further research I discovered that this is more then a common problem with this vehicle, in order to get the trunk open I have to crawl through space and pull the emergency lever inside the trunk, in order to lock the car I have to manually push down the locks when the key doesn't work and 40 % of the time I or a passenger gets locked in the car, until it decides to give.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 282007


  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2003 VW Jetta. On numerous occasions, when I start the car and get out to scrape the snow & ice off of the windows, the door locks engage and lock me out of the running car. Since I have just left my car to remove snow, of course my purse and cell phone are in the car, so I have to leave the locked car running while I knock on neighbors doors to call someone to bring me a spare key to my house, so I can get the spare key to my car. I have not had the locks repaired, but when I took my car to gebhardt VW in boulder for other repairs, I was told the problem is so common that the mechanics roll the windows down whenever a car comes in for service, to make sure they won't get locked out. The mechanic actually had a broken lock sitting on his desk, and showed me how the lock was supposed to work, but what it does instead.

- Erie, CO, USA

problem #1

Nov 012006

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Intermittent malfunction of rear door locks. Can't open. Reporter to dealer while under warranty. Dealer could not remedy. After warranty expired, dealer recommender service. Dealer checked and verified that the problem had been reported previously when serviced(from their records).neftin Volkswagen, thousand oaks ca.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

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