Purchased in 1999. Was missing one of the "Celebration Edition" emblems on the passenger side exterior before I test drove it. By the time the test drive was over, the remaining emblem on the drivers side fell off. So what makes it a Celebration Edition? Nothing special about this car. Only features - sunroof, (who cares? I live in Pittsburgh. Get 50 days of sun a year) and an alarm. Thank God it's a 5-speed because that makes up for anything that's missing. 130,000 miles, still have the original clutch. Needed a new starter at 125,000 miles...Ran over a BIG deer on the road, hardly a scratch. Only damage was to the power steering pump. More fun to drive than my wife's Ford Focus wagon.
5 speed tranny. not bad power for a 4 cylinder. Not bad gas mileage. Still runs about as good as the day I bought it.
After lots of mileage, noticed lots of various rattles throughout the interior and exterior. The tilt wheel moves about an 1/8". No trunk light makes it difficult to find anything when unloading at night. No headlight reminder (chimes). My battery has died twice as a result.
Around 105,000 the a/c went out
following by the rest of the thing, now
it only works on speed 2 and the a/c
isnt cold . In the summer my exterior
molding melted off. Then in the winter
things started getting weird, the doors
would not close, the alarm would go off
for no reason . And the car would not
start . I had bass & Both of my front
doors locks broke, the lock that holds
the doors shut. And the part is $150 a
peice. It gets worse around 120,000 I
have a oil leak I have to put about 2
quarts a week in. Then at 125,000
miles I was told I need a whole new
fuel system which is around $800. The
sunroof brokeOh yeah my clutch went out
5-speed, steering wheel, big trunk,
thats about it
This car is hell on wheels. The engine
is in a "vacuum" and therefore you
cannot buy post market parts for it.
VW is the only place to get the parts
so they are OUTRAGEOUSLY priced. The
brakes are also slow in responding, the
exterior melts in the summer, and the
paint chips if you look at it cross
VW should buy Hondas, take them to
Germany, change the name plates and
sell them as Volkswagens. (Side note:
I own other VWs and they aren't as bad
as this one. Don't take this to mean
ALL VWs are bad, just this one.)
I have had 4 different makes of cars
and found the Jetta to be the best
performning car. The only problems I
have had are the brakes and the locks.
The car doesn't have major problems
just wierd problems. My dash lights
don't work also. The paint peels in a
car wash also. The performance is
excellent though. If you want a car
without the engine trouble a Jetta is
the car to have.
The trunk space in huge. I use the
Jetta for the lumber yard or moving
instead of renting a truck. It is very
spacious and the seats fold down. Big
The car needs a glove box and cup
holders up front that fit at least a
medium cup from a coffee shop. Also
the paint job needs some work.