I fell in love with this car at first sight. It was fast, comfortable, fun, and the wagon offers generous space. The VR6 combined with the 5-speed provided lots of good times. Then came the problems. Little by little, this car started having electrical issues. O2 sensor, plug wires, ECU, random blinking lights, check engine light for no reason, and more. The "Comfort Module" also went out, causing the moonroof, door locks/alarm, horn, and interior lights to stop working. The final straw, yesterday I found out the timing chain had basically destroyed the engine. The service guy at the dealer told that my only option was to "get rid of it". Even he acknowledged that these cars are junk.
Powerful VR6 engine, very smooth transmission, tank-like build quality, great looks.
Besides the electrical issues, this has horrible fuel economy for a small car (max of 23 mog highway) and a small tank!
I purchased my 3-year old '02 Jetta Wagon with only 5,100 miles on it and in ten months I have put 20,000 miles on it and have had no problems. The car is very quick and agile (VR6) and fairly comfortable for my 6'3" frame. I've had no issues with the car other than the wipers sit lower on the windshield than the defrost vents. This causes them to freeze up in the winter. Also, the transmission is extremely choppy and never seems to know what gear it wants. Plus, the gearing is too short so my gas mileage is only around 23, which is not so good. All in all, it's a blast to drive and I plan on keeping it for quite a while.
The Monsoon stereo, power windows that have automatic down AND up, VR6 power and agile suspension make it fun to drive. Despite being a wagon, it looks pretty sharp with the 19" wheels.
It should have a smoother transmission with an overdrive or a taller top gear that would help improve gas mileage and prolong engine life. I'd also like heated wipers (I know...I'm dreaming here)
I have only had this car for a few
months now, but so far I love it!
Maybe VW has improved on this car since
2000? Either way, it drives smoothly,
is very comfortable (even on long
trips), has great power, is a good size
for the amount of interior space you
get (it's only 4 inches longer than the
sedan), and is a nice looking car -
inside and out. Relatively good gas
mileage on the freeway (~32 mpg), only
so/so on streets (~24 mpg - typical for
a V6 engine though). The manual trans.
V6 wagon is the only Jetta manufactured
in Germany also, so that's a plus! I
definitely recommend it.
Engine, steering, seats (very
comfortable), sound system, the amount
of variability you have with the air
vents and wiper speeds, high attention
to detail and great design.
The steering wheel blocks part of (at
least my) view of the spedometer and
tacometer. I would also like the trunk
to open when you unlock it, rather than
simply unlock (would help when your
arms are loaded with gear).