We really liked the style and the roomy interior and trunk. However, we had several problems including: driver window failure; body trim falling off; radio controls quit working; turn signal lever stopped working; throttle body had to be replaced and other mechanical issues. This all happened at various stages of our eight year ownership. The first few years went smoothly and the car now has 92,000 miles. I probably would not buy another Jetta, but this one made it through three cross-country trips, including one to Alaska.
I've had to replace the engine due to a "freak accident" where the block was cracked mid drive($4K refurbished). All of my window motors have broken, if you buy this car, yours will break too. The O2 sensors, replaced, the side paneling has fallen off. And then just random things, such as the glove box will no longer open??? The alarm system had to be turned off completely due to that going crazy. Antenna is cracked, I just purchased fog light covers (cause the original drivers side fell off), new headlight due to condensation. Etc. etc. etc. Buying parts is expensive, they almost always have to be VW. My dipstick magically broke off and I had to go thru VW to replace it.
This car was supposed to be my answer
to commuting. I cannot keep it on the
road. Check engine light has come on
at 50,000 miles and at 90,000 miles it
is still on. Volkswagen mechanics
throw up their hands. What do I do? I
have spent $2400 for the mechanics to
silence this light. What is the
100,000 mile warrenty for? They still
say glow plug relay. I began to
bottle and sell the ooze that leaks
from the doors. If Volkswagen could
fix this problem, I would have a decent
car. Power windows are a big joke.
Fix them in a timely manner for God's
sake. You could not run fast enough to
give me another one of these cars.
I love the dash lights. (If the check
engine light wasn't always on).
close with that Mercedes clunk. Even
with all the ooze packed in them. Love
that diesel engine...nice to hold up
all the truckers at truck stops as I
fill up my 15 gallon tank with diesel.
Fix my check engine light.
Please make a
luxury diesel. I want leather, heated
seats, climate control system, and dual
power seats in my Jetta Diesel. Is
this to difficult to build. Hint: Take
a GLX VR6 and take the engine out and
put in a diesel. very simple.
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)
Bought the car new and have had very few problems. Replaced the glow plugs at 100,000, and fuel economy is not what it used to be ... but it still gets over 40 mpg. Great car on the highway or country driving. Feels like a sports car.
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