2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
This car breaks down more than any car ive ever even heard of! Something anything breaks at least once a week and being a vw parts cost $1000+ for the simple crap! Bought car 6 months ago at 107,000. It now has 117,000 and after $2000+ in repairs the transmission is going out. The car has ruined my financial life! i owe $4000 still thats twice what i could sell it for if it worked! -__- Very expensive lesson learned! DO NOT BUY THIS CAR!
Sorry the list of suggested improvements was too long to show from this review. Basically the car was crap dont buy it.
Owning this car was a nightmare! Do not buy unless you are a mechanic who enjoys repairing your car!!
Words that come to mind are: Lemon Money pit ludicrous amounts of repairs repairs repairs repairs broken down overheating electrical problems just bad
When it was working, I have to admit that the turbo button makes it a fun car to drive. And the speakers sound good. That being said, I believe the inherent electrical problems in the car are the reason every CD player that was installed ended up dying.
This car is a piece of junk disguised by a cute exterior. Don't be fooled by looks and brand name. Run!!
Sad to say I totalled my wagon last week. This was a very functional and reliable car for me. I haul lots of stuff to work every day, so it was great for the space factor although removing head rests to lay seats flat was a bit cumbersome. I received the car at 70,000 from and rode it to like 117 in 2.5 years. In that time I changed the impeller (seems common) on the coolant system and the front bumper shield thing rides a bit low to the ground so it was dragging and held up by duct tape in its last few months. The brakes were great, and I didn't mind the cup holders either way. This car saved my life in my accident where I hit the cement wall on the freeway, so I'm 4eva grateful.
Roof racks were nice for my kayak travels.
Leather seats easy to clean.
Purple dash lights were pretty awesome.
Smooth, efficient brakes.
Great cargo space.
oil did get used up fast (saw in another post too).
Removing headrests to lay seats flat.
Turnstyle knobs for seat adjustment (good luck if you have arthritis).
Little vw caps on center of tires come off easily.
All rather minor things that are not dealbreakers, no car is perfect.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
Have owned this car for about three years. It had 94k mi when I bought it and now has 118k. Have done a lot of repairs, but not any more than for the multitude of 100+ k mi vehicles I have owned in the past. The car came with service records and is in excellent condition for the age and mileage. I have done brakes, alternator, clutch, suspension, front susp bushings and ball joints. Unexpected repairs were: Fan Control Module, PS Pressure hose, timing chain. The TC broke at 117K, causing damage to 5 valves and an injector. Cost of repairs were around $4500, but still worth it considering that I have a 12 yr old car with 118k mi that looks, runs and drives like a new car.
180 hp may not sound like much, but VW has always been good at making the most of it - This car is no exception - It accelerates fast enough to be considered a bona fide sport sedan and I have outpaced an early 2000s Mustang GT on a hill. The sport suspension on the GLX (Now have KYB OE replacements) allows for very precise handling that belies the car's status as a humble sedan, while still being
well composed on rough roads. The short wheelbase makes parallel parking and maneuvering in tight spaces a breeze, and I can often squeeze past traffic to make RH turns, along with the motorcycles!
I could complain about the crappy cupholders or broken latch on the armrest cubby, or the fact that describing the exterior styling as 'bland' is perhaps too kind. A lot of people do.
However, in my opinion, VW designed a good car for people who value performance above all else. If you're more interested in having a cupholder for your Big Gulp, or you like to cheap out on maintenance, go buy a Toyota and stop giving VW a bad name.
this is my 2nd vw. i had a 99.5 jetta 2.0 as my 1st car and loved it except for it was to slow.great on gas though. i later got a bmw 323i and kind of liked it but not as much as the jetta so i got rid of it. and finally found the 01 jetta Wolfsburg. it had everything i needed, 5 speed, sport seats, turbo, 4cyl (for great mpg).i have owned it for about a year and a half.has never let me down.previous owner kept everything tight and said he never got check engine light, as of today i haven't either. i have also added coilovers, APR tune (making 215hp!), forge dv valve (makes the psshh sound), 17' rims, and a Nav system, i have put about 20k miles on it without a prob. this car is awesome!!!
Sport seats, turbo, sport suspension (it was fine but i wanted low so i got coilovers), speakers are better then most cars, 5 speed is awesome wish it had 6 speeds though,
get coilovers!, the jetta is way to high!. once lowerd it looks twice as good!, get an APR chip tune it will take you up to 215hp!! get a diff diverter valve to make the turbo sound cool!, and if your rims start to peel get new ones otherwise your good.