The terrible 2000 Jetta 2.0 GLS that we bought in Aug. 1999. 1. Mar. 17, 2000. B-pillar trim cover fall off. 2. Oct. 18, 2000. Left rear exterior door handle broken of no reason. Retainer for handle had fallen inside door panel. - Even we seldom use the rear doors. 3. Feb. 12, 2001. Driver outside mirror defroster not function. 4. Mar 2, 2001. Driver's door lock ring broken. 5. Mar 7, 2001. When AC on, both right and left turn signals stay on and not blinking. Windshield wiper streak away when wipers on. 6. Sep. 5, 2002. Front lower valance fall off of no reason. 7. Sep. 15, 2003. Engine light starts on and off. Replace O2 sensor. One week later, engine light on again.
Strong body and paint
This is a car with lots of defective designs and parts. Just see my repair history and you know what to improve.
I just bought this car a couple months ago. My Mustang was totaled and I had to find something fast. I had a 85 Jetta in the early 90's and loved it, and my Mom's 76 Rabbit was passed down to me in the late 80's as a teenager so I love Volkswagons. This Jetta handles grades like a champ. I had four people and luggage in it and it climbed a mountain that cars usually overheat on with no problems, never even had to downshift into 4th gear. For the few of you I read about the noises from the front end. Well, mine had that also. Check the bolts in your sway bars. My bolt was hanging half out and there was thudding in the front end from that. Inside cup holder is also broken.
My favorite features are the sunroof, heated seats, leather interior, blue and red dash lights. My cd player isn't working, that's a downer.
2000 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Sedan
The 2000 VW Jetta is a nice looking car, fun to drive, gets pretty good mpg BUT do not buy this car if you don't want lots of repairs, very, very frequent and expensive repairs. The timing belt went at about 83,000 and I had to get the entire engine remanufactured. I've also had to replace the alternator, the battery twice and some other usual wear and tear pieces. Also, the front bumper is way too low and it gets ripped off easily. The problem is that VW designed the car to be repairable only at the dealership, therefor, more expensive. All in all, I like the car, maybe the newer models are better, but I do not recommend buying this car, at least not from this year.
I really like the interior design, nice moonroof, great soundsystem, comfortable seating. Front and rear cupholders are nice.
I would suggest mostly mechanical and design improvements. I think the new models satisfy the design flaws, I don't about the cheap parts they use though.
Do yourself a favor and don't buy a jetta. My VR6 has been in my family since it was purchased in 2001 (it's a 2000). I paid my brother 5,000 for the car in 2005 which was a steal (or so I thought). As of now, in 2009, i've spent almost 5,000 fixing it. I'm a regular at the shop. I've replaced, like many other Jetta owners, sensors, breaks (way too often), water pump, clutch, struts, some more sensors... The glove box and cup holder broke within the first two years of use (Can't Germans even engineer a cup holder?). All in all, from sensors to cup holders, it's not much more than faulty junk.
My car has 110k miles the engines is still strong, when I purchased it had an air intake installed so the gas mileage is not the best. I get about 315 miles per tank. It is fun to drive and lovely in the winter with those heated seat to bad I cant say the same for the summer. If you are looking for a nice (sport) car this is definitely a must. Always use gas with 91 octanes or higher if not you will lose power and also the check engine light will always be on, emission workshop.
Well with the 174hp stock and the 5 speed gear box you will have lots of fun. I love the way it grips to the asphalt and the sound system is great!
Tooooooo small in the back, no room for a baby car seat[reason why I will have to sell mine:( ]I would love to see it with a 17 or 18 inch wheels from VW.