I bought a '98 dealer-certified Jetta
in Jan. 2001 for about what I would
have paid for a 2001 Corolla, thinking
I was getting a better car. And in
terms of comfort and handling, I was.
The positives end there. This car has
been a nightmare. Transmission
(automatic) died at 54k; the powertrain
warranty was only good up to 50k, so
the dealer politely informed me that I
was screwed. Cost of a new trans:
$3,000. Car still doesn't run right:
Jerky, inconsistent shifting and
acceleration, runs hot, idles rough,
burns through coolant. Dealer insists
with a straight face there's nothing
wrong with it. In short, a total piece
of crap. Never again.
At least the interior's nice. Great
sound system, too.
Everything else. Did I also mention
that the exterior's also falling apart
and there are tons of intermittent
electrical problems (which the dealer
also insists it can't detect and
therefore won't fix)? Avoid Jettas at
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