Styling and ride are fine. I can't
believe the things that went wrong
that I have never experienced in a car
in my life. Windows(2) dropping down
into the door for no reason. Both
cupholders that won't work. What's
that about. Trunk release went inop
for no reason. AM radio side has a
range of about 2.4 miles. Mass air
system not being covered by drive
train warranty - but on a regular gas
engine it was a recall repair. My
power went down 50% because of this.
$500 to repair. Stupid,stupid,
stupid. Makes customer loyalty hard
to consider. Other than this, I love
the car. Dumb stuff hurts an otherwise
Priced right. Great mileage. Handles
well. Good styling. Comfortable ride.
Work on common things. Like
cupholders, trunk remotes, window
retainers, mass air systems... stuff
like that. Dependability is why people
buy this car.
Iíve owned this car for a year and am
extremely pleased with this, my 2nd Jetta.
The TDI, with its excellent fuel economy is
practically the best thing going. Couple this
with the longevity and reliability of diesel, itís
the hands-down best. Although CR rates this
model low in reliability, Iíve had no problems
in the past year.
Dash and driving controls are well thought,
other than cruise controls (see below)
The rear seats are too small and
uncomfortable for long distance, which this
car is otherwise perfect for. They also will not
The cruise control has no indicator lamp and
is clumsily place on the turn-signal switch.
(more recent models correct this)
I have a love-hate relationship with
this car. Great fun to drive,
adequate power, fantastic fuel mileage
(43-52 mpg). I drive 40K per year &
have pretty pleased.
Repairs & maintenance too expensive.
$650 timing belt expense. $450 air
flow sensor @ 85K.
Fun to drive, comfortable, fuel
VW needs to listen to the consumer and
correct the door ooze, timing belt
expense and air flow sensor should be
a "recall" free maintenance issue.
Awesome! Great car. The TDI motor is
peppy (when linked to the 5-spd.
manual) and gets 45-50 mpg. The
driveability is excellent. Sporty.
Mine has 70,000 and only minor things
have had to be replaced, namely, cup
holder assembly, glove box door, and
power sunroof track guides. The only
other bad thing I've encountered is
that in severely cold weather (-10 to 0
degrees), I had the fuel "gel up" on me
and had to be towed. Other than that
FANTASTIC!. Best car ever owned, this
includes: Ford Taurus, Ford Mustang
GT, Plymouth Voyager SE, Subaru Wagon,
Cutlass Supreme, AMC Spirit, Audi 5000T
and more! I'd buy another one tomorrow.
Dash lights, Very, very good sound
system (Monsoon). Ride, engine, 5-
speed, mpg (45ish).
sportiness, "Audiness". Suspension,
driveability, road hugging. Lack of
Cupholder assembly (front and rear),
glove box door.
What is that "goop" coming down from
the door hinges onto to the frame?
Sorry it seems almost everyone else
dislikes their Jetta. I have over 90K
on my TDI and have never had a problem
with my O2 sensor, transmission,
electrical system, light bulbs, brakes,
door ooze, or windows. MAF going bad at
85K and water pump wearing out at 90K
are the only mechanical items that gave
me heartburn. I empathize with the
folks who have seasonal rattles in the
interior as that is my only "major"
peeve in a car that is fun/comfortable
to drive and gets better than 50 MPG on
the highway. Our other car is a new
2001.5 Passat which has over 30K of
nearly trouble free miles. Our next car
will likely be a Jetta TDI wagon or a
Passat B6 TDI wagon.
rework cupholder, done in 2003 models,
longer life on timing belt, improve maf
longevity, reduce interior rattles in
dash and c pillar, increase trunk deck
opening size, have trip computer
available as option on TDI.