really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,800 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 012010


  • miles


I own a 2003 VW Jetta tdi. Six months ago the clear coat started peeling from the hood and now it is peeling everywhere. I spoke to VW customer care and they said out of warranty, too bad. Less then 7 years old. At least GM paint jobs don't fall off the minute the warranty runs out. The only good thing is I drive it around with a sign stating, "don't laugh, your VW will look like this soon".

- Fleming Island, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 022006

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
Water found on drivers side floorboards, front and rear. Water visible around sunroof controller and on dirvers side windshield panel air bg.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 052006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Continuous leaking of water into interior of car from currently undetermined source(s) causing mold/mildew problems. Occurs during/after rain events.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 222006

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Engine mounts and transmission mounts broke and caused car to crash. Also injuring my daughter.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 102003

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Rattles throughout the interior such as the speakers, dash board, and area where the emergency flashers and center air vents are located. Dents on the vehicle from the service center, I have a friend with a VW that has the same dents on his vehicle located underneath the doors on both sides of the car. Skid plate underneath the vehicle designed to protect the under parts of the engine nearly came off, several bolts missing, needed to duct tape it to make it home. Bolt fell out of door and side blinker leaked water inside which was fixed a while back. Several small annoying problems.

- Central Point, OR, USA

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