2003 Volkswagen Jetta Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Condensation in the heater case may cause a musty odor from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system after sitting for two hours or more. Our technicians tell us that a cleaner is available for the heater case and the drain system should be checked for debris.
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.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.
Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.