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Mexico+Tequilla=1.8T
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By crabbykaiser
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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The engine, suspension and transmission have been excellent. The brakes as well as the fit and finish have been a constant source of aggrevation. Although properly cared for the supposed quality BBS rims have been CRAP! Rattles in the speaker area, faulty rotors and rims that pit/clear coat failure make me a rather proturbed owner. After ditching a 99' Beetle for similar reasons, this one will follow shortly. My days with Volkswagen have come to an end.


Favorite Features

The engine coupled with the 5 sp. and the decently tuned suspension make it a blast to drive.


Suggested Improvements

Package up the Mexican plant and set it adrift. I don't care what spin Volkswagen puts on it, the build quality has suffered since it was moved from Germany. Constant little problems drive long-time owners away.


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Ticking Time Bomb
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By klc
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLX VR6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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29k mi. Have replaced the transmission, AC..twice, window clips..twice (window dropped into door), climatronic ac thermostat, CD player, radio, cup holder, center console/leather arm rest..(handle broke), battery...(they used unsealed batteries before 2002 which leak in hot weather like here in Houston), and have reprogrammed transmission points...8 times (red lines and shakes car). There is 2 second delay when shifting from R to D. The brakes wear out at 15-20k mi and have no sound indicator so that you ruin the routers w/out even knowing it. This wolf in sheep’s clothing will take every dollar you have in repairs.


Favorite Features

It is fun to drive…. when it is drivable.


Suggested Improvements

VW need to concentrate on quality parts in their Jettas and Bugs. Even the VW Service Reps admit that these cars are made with poor quality parts that have a high failure rate.


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Call it a VW Lemon Instead
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By ajm220
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I'll like my Jetta but here's why I'm selling it: Month 3: the rear brake lights blew out (look around at Jettas others are driving, you'll notice the same in most). Month 4: O2 sensor blew out. Month 6: O2 sensor I replaced blew out. Month 10: engine wouldn’t start (something about some fuse?). Month 16: left back brake worn out, grinded the rotator Month 23: front right signal and left front head lamp blew out at the same time -- Folks, the repairmen gave me the parts that blew out and they were BURNED TO A CRISP Month 24: I’m selling the car


Favorite Features

The jetta looks and handles well.


Suggested Improvements

Improve electrical quality, overall. And, improve the warranty.


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One of the few happy Jetta owners
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By MyJettaOK
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Considering trading for new GTI was going to look at those reviews and thought I'd check the Jetta reviews first. Wow. Surprised by all the problems. Have the base GL with 5sp. Added alloys wheels and CD player. So far, knock on wood, no problems. Electrical, engine, windows, etc. all fine for last 2 yrs. Car has been just as reliable my last Acura. Been to the dealer only for 2 oil changes and to install CD player. Hope the GTI reviews are better or I may stick with what I have. Cool message board.


Favorite Features

Size, appearance, quality build.


Suggested Improvements

Quieter or improved base engine.


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The Oil Consumer
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By Varina
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Burns 1 quart of oil every 3000 miles - even though the ownder's manual says it can go 5000. Also, owner's manual claims oil burning will go away after "short break-in" period - it does not go away ever.


Favorite Features

Awesome handling!


Suggested Improvements

Get rid of that oil burning engine and the leaking of gas into oil!


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Buyer beware !
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By sammy(alias mario)
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought our Jetta on 10/2000 , a shiny black one with beige interior, it was beautiful! After the honeymoon was over ( about 10,000 miles ) reality set in. This car is not reliable or fun to live with ! The cloth they use for the interior picks up anything and everything and always looks dirty, plus it's impossible to clean. The engine is peppy at low speed but on the highway it always sounds like it needs to be up-shifted to a higher gear. The doors leak out a gooey mess all over the rocker panels in hot weather. Both front side windows fell down inside the doors ( one twice so far ). The turn signals quit working at 30,000 miles ( new flasher @ $120 ).


Favorite Features

Looks good and handles well.


Suggested Improvements

Quality control issues . Longer warrenty on junk parts ( I think the manufacturer knew this thats why the have a short warrenty). CD player should be standard on up-graded stereo (not dealer installed option).


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Volkswagen Jetta Sucks
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By parker
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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In one year, I have brought in my VW over 10 times to have it fixed.It is never a good sign when you know everyone by their first name in the service department. The customer service is horrible. No matter the problem, drivable or not, they could not work me into their schedule unless it was atleast a week away. My car is under warranty and they will not give me a loaner. I have currently been a week and 4 days without a car. If you're thinking of buying a VW, think again. Just go to your local service department at the vw near you and you'll see how many people are waiting.


Favorite Features

I like the way it drives, WHEN it drives.


Suggested Improvements

I would change the entire company and make it alittle more compensating to the customer. The car needs way too many improvements for me to list..


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Great Car
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By Jonathan Edge
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Only probloem ive had is with the dealership and some reliability issues. Other then that this is the best car ive ever driven! I havent test drove that BMW yet but it beats out anything in its price range. The quality of materials and build quality stand up against anything out thier. Plus the innovative feature and the creature comforts that no one knows about or notices untill you own the car are fantastick.


Favorite Features

To many to say really its just such a good car. Simple things like how the lights in the car turn on when you turn the car off at night so you have light when your getting out. its just so innovative.


Suggested Improvements

Cant think of any...


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Little annoyances of the Wolfsburg...
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By lr
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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1.8T and sport suspension is great. Fun to drive, but not much more. The car gets serviced every other month for annoying problems. The passenger and driver windows have been fixed twice, sun roof broke, in hot weather sticky gue leaks out of doors, interior lights don't work right, passenger door doesn't close right, I could go on...


Favorite Features

Great power of 1.8T is fun on mountain roads of Arizona.


Suggested Improvements

Warranty, warranty, warranty!!! 24K or two years is a joke on a car that uses substandard components.


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Save Your Money
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By JettaNoWay
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLX VR6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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I have a 2001 with every option. After 8,000 miles had to get new transmission. Next problem the lights, I have replaced every bulb in the car all before a year was up. The newest problem turn signal relay went out. I have heard of problems with the electrical and windows falling down and with the latest problems I expect for those things to occur next. Overall this car is a joke. Interior is made for short people only, very uncomfortable seats after any lengthy ride. Leather interior is already changing color and deteriorating and the "clear coat" is already coming off.


Favorite Features

Exceleration....better than a rollercoaster!! Otherwise this car sucks!!


Suggested Improvements

Everything....interior design and comfort is great if your 4 feet tall. Electrical, transmission...all a joke.


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