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Great idea not realized
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By Bitter Sweet
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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The excitment of owning my Jetta was short lived. In the 1.5 years that I've owned my Jetta it has blown 2 fuses, the secondary air pump has gone out on it, the window brackets have broken 4 times and the windows have fallen inside the doors, the soft finish on the door handles and console inside the car have peeled off, the antenna had to be replaced, I had a braking malfunction, the sunroof wasn't working properly, the rear brakes went out within 24000 miles, electrical problems causing the brake lights not to work, sputtering upon starting the car, rough power surges while accelerating, and the interior shows every stain and picks up everything.


Favorite Features

Great standard sound system and the car looks great (which would be fine if you don't mind just parking your car and not driving it!).


Suggested Improvements

Better electrical and mechanical design, better warranty, better customer service. The cup holder hangs over the in dash CD player, cups have to moved to switch CDs etc. POOR OVERALL DESIGN!!


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German - engineering, Mexican assembly
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By GregN
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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After having three Hondas in a route, it was time for a change. And Jetta seemed to be a best bang for a buck, how stiupid I was!! This car is a disaster, windows constantly falling in, gas tank leaking, engingne light coming on and off. I have never had these kind of problems with any vehicle!! I wont even compare this vehicle to Honda because this would be insulting for any Honda out there. I had CRX with 210,000 miles that was far more reliable than Jetta with 55,000. Save yourself a pain dont even look at this vehicle - I know it looks great and handles good, but if you're looking for a good looking RELIABLE commuter this isnt it.


Favorite Features

Look


Suggested Improvements

Discountinue making these cars in S.America if you cant control the quality, in 21 century such a problems are unacceptable. Anyways I wont buy another one of "VW" kind again.


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Don't let this happen to you.
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By JNB
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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To get straight to the point the Jetta Wolfsburg is a car to be avoided. I have had it since new and most of the time it exhibits a mind of it's own. I wait until there is nothing in sight before pulling out because I never know if I'm going to get the peppy little car or the die as you accelerate car. The ASR control feels like it's going to rip the drivetrain apart when it engages on damp pavement. But VW says to speak to the dealer, the dealer says it fine. If it's doing what it should be then VW needs to go back to the drawing board. What do you get when you cross a wonderful interior with bargain bin mechanicals? The VW Jetta Wolfsburg.


Favorite Features

The seats are nice.


Suggested Improvements

Anything that is involved in making the car go or stop needs improvement.


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Excellent compact car
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By jbk70
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I bought this car after driving Hondas for 10 years. It's been a great experience so far -- can schlepp a lot considering its compact size! Couldn't be happier would recommend to anyone.


Favorite Features

Turbo engine, sun roof, monsoon stereo system


Suggested Improvements

white paint shows minor scratches around door handles too easily


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By Sparky1
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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We purchased our Jetta in July of last year. It's nice to finally have a quality built vehicle compared to GM products.


Favorite Features

style and perfromance


Suggested Improvements

cd player should be standard


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Best Car for the Price
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By Trykeman
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I bought this car after my last lease (99 Z24 Cavalier) expired. I have driven tonns of cars in the past and really researched the market before I bought this car. Drives and performs like a dream and so far (knock on the wood) "Kein Problem!". Highly recommended for anyone looking for serious value for the money.


Favorite Features

1.8 L Turbo (180 hp), handling, brakes, fit and finish, design, quality of craftsmanship on all parts. Great VW customer service.


Suggested Improvements

Cupholder!!! When it comes out you lose control on your stereo! That's the only flaw.


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Awesome Car
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By smitpat
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Awesome car! Although I've driven a lot of cars, this is the first that I've owned, and I'm thrilled. Great pickup at lower speeds, tight handling, and really good-looking.


Favorite Features

Engine power (turbo), looks, handling.


Suggested Improvements

Figure out how to get more room in the back seat. Don't put anyone taller than 5'6". Their knees will be cut off.


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It is so much fun
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By heclinder
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I have had more powerful and bigger cars but none that are more fun. Last summer, I traded in my 1998 Maxima SE for a Jetta, Wolfsburg edition. It was a great decision. The drive of the Jetta is so responsive, tight and perky. My favorite car previous to this one was my 1998 Jetta. This has many more creature comforts but what a car and what a drive!


Favorite Features

The suspension and steering are great. These combined with the four cylinder Turbo 1.8 makes this a pocket rocket. The seats are comfortable for short or long drives. This Jetta is just the right combination of features and I love the total package.


Suggested Improvements

The interior material and carpet and the upscale sound system.


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Best for the price
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By jetta
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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What other car gets you turbo power, 16 inch alloys, sport suspension, 6 airbags, 3 spoke wheel, a 5 speed, ABS, traction control, sport seats for under 20K new? Unreal!


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Fun, Not Perfect
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By NotABimmer
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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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My '01 Wolfie has also experienced problems with squeeks and rattles pretty much from day one. Dealer tried, couldn't fix'em. Oddly enough, they have slowly gone away now. With 15000 hard miles the car seems to be getting better. Engine runs strong,tranny nice and tight, suspension still tight, but not harsh. The remote trunk release failed at 10000, but the dealer fixed it under warranty. No other problems to report. Basically, a really fun car, but still has the "econo-box" feel. It is not an expensive car, and it should not be expected to make you feel like it is. It doesn't. Only thing in common with my BMW is white paint.


Favorite Features

That sweet turbo hiss! Sport steering wheel feels great. Nice 16" BBS wheels. Likes to be thrown around. Cool blue/red instrument lighting.


Suggested Improvements

Fog lights. Nicer looking tailpipes! Lower riding sport seats. Better cupholder design. More substantial feeling.


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