Loved the jetta at first. Bought at a
steal with 43,000 mi. At about 80,000
had TONS of problems. Brakes always
squeak (replaced twice), electrical
problems with AC, Engine lights on,
brake system lights always on,and O2
sensors replced. Actually failed
emissions this year (Car had to reach
600 degrees before sensors turned on).
Transmission problems shifting from 1st
to 2nd gear. And finally, the car
wouldn't shift into 5th gear reliabily
at all. Oh yeah, the driver side lock
just fell right out!!This is odd
because have very good service
records. Thank god I had a great
Looks nice, good stereo system,
comfortable to ride in.
Fix transmission problems and everyone
I know with that Jetts has had problems
with the O2 sensors.
For starters they have the worst
customer service on the planet.
Secondly, I have had more problems with
it than I could even fit into this
review. Engine light constantly comes
on and VW charges $97 just to tell you
why, side molding has fallen off both
side doors multiple times until I
finally used epoxy, my door lock on
both front doors broke and the lock
would spin in place instead of unlock
my doors, my passenger side window fell
off the track and into the door and
broke into pieces, my driver side
window no longer works, cruise control
broke, A/C no longer works, brakes went
faster than I would have imagined, and
even the mufflers are garbage!
Sunroof and big trunk
Scrap it and start over. This thing is
so unreliable I don't think there is
much to build on besides the VW name.
We bought our GLS new in 1997. It has a
manual transmission and a 4cyl 2L
My wife and I have put 158k miles on it
and it still runs great.
We maintained our VW well and had ONLY
ONE technical problem: all 4 power
windows started to fail in 01.
We were always impressed by the
steering of the car in wet/snowy/icy
conditions. We have driven it numerous
times across the mountain passes in the
winter and it has behaved admirably!
The manual transmission has proven to
be extremely reliable and it has always
helped us in controlling the vehicle
and having more fun driving it.
This Jetta model has by far the largest
trunk in its class.
Stability/traction on snowy/icy roads.
Manual transmission. Fantastic fuel
economy (34mpg on the freeway, 27+mpg
in town). Trunk size (when we bought
our Jetta in 1997, only Q45 was
offering a more spacious trunk!).
Somewhat noisy. Poor quality power
windows. Rear leg room.