2002 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Safe, powerful, no mechanical
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Safe, powerful, no mechanical problems,
By Felipe M Pait on

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

Drives very well, "dynamic safety" is the buzzword. Standard safety features do not tempt buyer to economize in the wrong places. Station wagon's trunk spacious for car size. Engine has a lot of power, actually way more than needed. Fuel economy with turbo manual is _better_ than EPA rating; I get 30 mpg in my normal drive. No mechanical problems after 2 years, 25K miles, Boston winters. Quibbles: Windshield wipers noisy. Console in GLS model has to be in the up position, otherwise it interferes with stick shift, better not have one. Car was delivered without proper wheel balancing and alignment: dealer fixed at no cost, but still.

Best Features

Turbo engine power and mileage. Straightforward exterior and interior design. Station wagon's trunk.

Worst Features

Factory or dealer should check small details like wheel alignment & balancing, windshield wiper noise, before shipping.
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