hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,506 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 152015


  • 162,000 miles


Transmission sometimes just doesn't want to shift properly I was driving along rt 50 at 60 mph when the car jerks really hard and loss of power almost got ran over by semi called VW who is aware of valve body defect and they told me that it was indeed my fault for driving it like that it just happened waiting on call from vwoa probably will lead no where I want this fixed asked for help to get parts or ect I know there was open recall on this but my car exceeds year and mileage but a safety recall is just that so please research and see if it was preformed on my vehicle I am sure it was not addressed but they sent letters out for this mystery recall also I can lead to other internal failures of trans or replacement my speedo also jumps 10-15 miles up and down other times it will work you can contact state hwy patrol they can tell you even more about these problems.

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #3

May 122010

Jetta 4-cyl

  • miles
2003 Volkswagen Jetta. Consumer states vehicle clocks speeds much slower than the car is actually going during sustained highway driving conditions. The dealership found a broken plastic gear and bearing which was causing the problem.

- Lake Bluff, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 282006

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,022 miles
: the contact stated when the speedometer read 70 mph, the vehicle was traveling 97.3 mph. The dealership determined the gear bushing was bad and needed to be replaced. The part number for the gear was: 01M-409-187. The part number for the bushing was: 095-409-190. The dealership informed the contact, the manufacturer needed to keep the old gear and bushing. The contact did not agree and wanted the old parts.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #1

Aug 282002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When activating cruise control vehicle will stay on cruise control and not turn off. Contacted dealer.

- Montera, CA, USA

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