Overall, I have to say that I love my car. I
owned an 89 Jetta GLI and then a Subaru
Outback before my current Jetta. The 89 Jetta
had incredible problems, but it was always fun
to drive. The Outback had no problem, but it
wasn't fun to drive. I went back to VW because
I wanted to enjoy driving again, and my Jetta
has delivered. It is manual, and I would only
get manual with such a great engine! But, of
course, my Jetta has had its share of problems.
They are the same as everyone else's:
electrical, windows, O2 sensor, glove box,
sunroof, etc. Perhaps because of my first
Jetta's many issues, I don't seem to mind as
much as others.
By far the greatest feature of this car is the
engine. It is fast and sounds great. The engine
just keeps on pulling the car -- on a lonely
and deserted road in NM I hit 125 once. Pretty
stupid, I know, but I just kept on going! It is an
amazing highway performer.
All of the little fixes are annoying, and
servicing a VW isn't cheap. I bought an
extended warranty, and it has helped a little.