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Great to drive, but lots of problems by Bob from the FL Space Coast on 01/06/2011. Trim: 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, Owned 8 years.
Pros: The VR6 engine has a lot of power and the car handles well. It is really fun to drive and is smooth at high speeds. This car loves to go. Looks good with the wide 225 tires.
Cons: My two biggest complaints are electrical problems and degradation of the interior plastic parts (rubbery surface coating flakes off). It also eats tires.
Overall review: This car is really fun to drive. It has a lot of power and handles well. However, I have had a lot of electrical problems. Some have been minor, others major. I have replaced the alternator and ignition coils twice, and I'm on the 4th battery. The radiator fan motor also had a problem and was replaced (early while under warranty). I've also had an intermittant engine temperature sensor problem that kicks the check engine light on. I've also had an intermittent starting problem that may be related to the temp sensor. The fuel gauge sensor also failed and had to be replaced. The only mechanical issue to date was that the A/C compressor died at about 90k miles. I have done a lot of the repairs myself, but parts are expensive.
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