The Jetta is no longer an economy car; however, its powerful engine lineup, near-ideal balance between ride and handling and high-quality cabin materials make it one of our top recommendations to small sedan and wagon buyers.
by Jessica on Jun 2, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
This is a very fun car to drive - we bought prior to birth of 1st child and expected to have it for 10 yrs. Now expecting 2nd child we realize two car seats will not fit the very shallow back seat. I have not experienced many of the mechanical/interior issues as other posters.
by Katy on Jan 17, 2006 Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I've had a lot of problems with my 2002 Volkswagen Jetta, including the fact that it burns 1 quart of oil every 1,000 miles and the manufacturer says that's within specs. I had an issue where the cruise control was broken and the alarm would go off in the middle of the night. I would unlock the car so the alarm wouldn't go off again, but the car would lock itself and then proceed to alarm again. There was an instance where the passenger's side door wouldn't open from the inside. The radio broke and had to be replaced and evidently it wasn't installed correctly to begin with. Shall I go on? I HATE this car! The only cool thing about it is the purple dashboard lights.
by luga on Dec 30, 2003 Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car two years ago, and
sold it last Saturday. I wish I had
saved myself the $9000 (!!!) it
depreciated. This is a bad car, very
cheaply made. Within the first two
weeks, four plastic items simply fell
from it. Add to this cheap quality the
tiny back seat area, the lack of grip
on pronounced curves, where you always
have to end up correcting in too sudden
a manner, and the completely dumb
electronics (the boot closes itself
automatically all the time, even with
the car open; the e-key is horrible and
unintuitive...),and a horrible
operating manual, and you have a recipe
to go mad.
by MrZero on Jul 8, 2002 Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Tight shutlines and a build quality
normally associated with costlier
vehicles. Rich interior materials.
The base model includes 4 wheel disc
brakes,ABS, side curtain airbags, dual
front airbags, and front side bolster
airbags standard. Honda charges a
premium for ABS. Attention-to-detail
is immaculate both inside and out. ABS
plastic pans cover the underside of the
car, properly diffusing air, causing
less buffeting and lower wind noise.
As with other 4 cylinder cars, the 2.0
engine bay is neat and all fluids are
clearly marked and within easy reach.
I am thoroughly impressed with VW
by Chris Vader on Jun 26, 2002 Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I'm really very impressed with the
quality and amenities on this car. We
bought the basic "GL" model, and are
very satisfied with it; the only
feature I miss is the electric
windows. The handling is pretty nimble
for a wagon of its size. As for the
engine and tranny, we're still in the
break-in period, so we've avoided
flogging it too much. The car also
swallows a huge amount of stuff with
the rear seats folded, in part due to
the high roofline. We're all smiles.
For 2002, the turbocharged four-cylinder engine receives 30 extra horsepower for a total of 180, which you can couple to a five-speed automatic with Tiptronic -- the 1.8T is now available for both sedans and wagons. In the spring of 2002, the Jetta GLX sedan's optional 12-valve 174-hp VR6 is replaced by a new 24-valve unit providing 200 ponies. A six-speed manual gearbox and the aforementioned five-speed automanual become available with the new VR6. Later on, the GLI sedan will appear -- it includes the new VR6, the six-speed and stability control without all the expensive GLX trimmings and replaces the manual-shift GLX. Other changes include the availability of the 1.9-liter turbodiesel engine for GL and GLS wagons. The base GL trim level is new to the wagon in 2002 -- previously, you had to step right up to the GLS model. A CD player is now standard on all GLS and GLX models, and all-new Volkswagen vehicles come with an improved four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, up from two years/24,000 miles. Volkswagen also offers a fully transferable limited powertrain warranty that covers five years or 60,000 miles. An on/off switch for auto-dimming rearview mirrors, a cruise control indicator light, a trunk escape handle for sedans and a new exterior color (Reflex Silver replaces Silver Arrow) complete the changes.