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    Used car question VW Jetta

    I'm thinking about buying a 2003 Jetta with a 4 cyl gas engine, and 5 spd manual transmission. 70K miles.

    Anybody have experience with this or similar vehicle for positive or negative recommendations?

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    My daughter had a new Jetta. Got it when she graduated from college. Around 01, 02 or 03. Engine was relaced at 40,000 transmission at around 50,000 door panels fell off, bumper fell off, and a bunch of interior problems. May have been a lemon but I wouldn't buy it.
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    if it were an automatic, I'd get it, but that's only because of Lori's Neuropathy in her feet. we're car shopping to replace my son't toyota, and that's actually pretty good mileage for that vintage.
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    Had a 04 and while I liked it, it was a lease and there was no way we were going to buy it.

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    I guess the big question is how much do they want for it?
    If it's not a rust bucket it's a pretty good car for 1 to 2K or so.
    Much above that and I would walk on it.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Guys, thanks for your input.

    Chuck, upon what do you base that valuation? KBB, NADA and Edmunds all put it around $5-7K. I agree that for $1 or 2K I'd jump on it, but I haven't seen any for anywhere near that price, and I've been looking.

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    I base it on the what Chuck thinks is a fair price to pay for the car.
    When you see some fella jump out of that book and give you the cash the book says it worth than I'll start believing that
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Anybody else have actual experience with this vehicle?

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    Last VW I had any dealing with was in the late 60's and that was a bug.
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    I usually check common parts costs to see if its expensive to maintain. Compare costs on Craig's list to see what they are going for...that is what the insurance cos doing now days.
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