2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problems

Premature Head Light Bulb Burnout and Bulb Harness Failure is Common

One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacing bulbs. Damaged connectors should be replaced.

Check Engine Light Due to Issues With Glow Plugs/Wiring Harness

Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a recall from Volkswagen regarding replacement of the glow plugs on 2004-2005 model years only.

Loss of Power Due to Oil and Carbon Build Up in Intake Manifold

Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Questions

Need transmission replaced should I get a used one with 34000 miles on it ? Three months warranty or a rebuilt with one or two year warranty for a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T runs good? (1 answer)

Shop wants $3000.00 for the used one installed with a 3month warranty 34,000 miles on it? My car runs good I service it always but can't decide on a reduilt ? With a year or two warranty please help? I'm a disable veteran low income and I'm paying cash I live in Garden Grove CA 92843

It wont start! We've tried changing the fuel filter, fuel pump, & fuse 109 (2 answers)

If you have any suggestions!!!
Please Help!

car goes into limp mode under load going up hill. solution? (1 answer)

Some times check engine light comes on.
Obviously, when I stop and shut engine off it will reset.
This only happens going up hill, and is intermitent.
When the light comes on, it shows an overrev code.

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Reviews

Bought a 2003 VW TDI (Diesel) brand new. Today, the car has 170,000 miles. All went well until it reached about 100,000 miles (which is just breaking in for a diesel). What happened next between 110,000 and today: - Relays under dash start blowing (they ain't cheap either). they are also VERY difficult to get to. Should be a recall!!! - Wiper motor will start stopping intermittently; don'...

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