I got a jetta turbo. the timing belt blew, then the tranny went out. i sold it cheap and bought a bug. I loved the jetta. I would buy another one, but i fell in love with the bug. make sure you check the history with any foreign car. especially make sure the timing belt was changed before you bought it and that the oil has been changed regularly. And don't let the VW dealer lie to you and steal your money.
Cute car, fast, and fun to drive.
Better reliability. Timing chains. and put a transmission dipstick in, so i can check my transmission fluid.
Of course its looks caught my eye first. Cute, but more than cute - stylish. Some cars have a classic, timeless design like a certain Honda Civic. This generation of Jetta does too.
Bought it used with 21K miles, and gradually fell in love with it. Never got great gas mileage, about 21mpg. But I liked its zippy handling. Great car for city driving (and parking). Very useful cargo area. Rear seat a bit cramped for big adults.
Engine is remarkable. Once, by necessity, drove it 8 miles without oil. Replaced punctured oil pan, added oil, and kept on going.
Difficult to clean the beige interior, so I sold it. Hard to find a car this small on outside, this big on inside, so fun to drive.
I recently purchased this car as a practical everyday driver and I am loving it. It is not very powerful, but the 2.0l does well enough. The manual gearbox is wonderful and is very fun. The car handles surprisingly well. I am happy with the fuel economy (average 29.5) and so far have not had any mechanical issues. There are a few squeaks and rattles from various places in the interior, but other than that the car is very clean. It is almost at 100xxx miles and still runs like a champ. The heater is also excellent in this car, which is important as I am from Wisconsin. I have put about 3xxx miles on so far and am very happy with this car.
Very comfortable driving position, handling-ride balance, fuel economy
Base motor needs more power, cupholder is counter intuitive and blocks the radio when in use,
a few rattles from various parts of the dash.
I purchased my 2003 1.8T Jetta 5-speed new. Aside from a new water pump at 60k miles (normal) and a faulty coil over arc this car is the best car I have ever owned. It is now 2011 and have 100k miles with original brake pads and original clutch and trans. The car runs beautifully.. It helps A LOT if you drive your car gently and DON'T "over tach" and screech your tires!
When it comes to having a good or bad car, it's a 50/50 thing. Just getting lucky and picking a good one combined with how you drive it and maintain it.
I highly recommend using synthetic oil. I have used Mobil 1 from day one and my motor doesn't burn a DROP of oil 100k miles later.
Love your car & it will love you back!!
I love the timeless appearance of the Jetta (MK4)..
Far superior to it's predecessor or successor!
For a compact car, the MK4 Jetta is a remarkably quiet and smooth ride. The car "tracks" clean and straight.
Excellent fuel economy (30mpg if you're easy on the tach (and the turbo)).
Overall, it's like butter...
What can I say?
I've poured money into this little beast, and everything is still breaking.
If its not a circuit board, its a vacuum hose or an oxygen sensor...
Everything just falls apart on this car, and there seems to be no stopping the decline.
I just rebuilt the transmission, replaced two axels, two boots, the A/C circuit board, the windshield washer pump, the windshield... you name it I'm replacing it.
It drives great, and I loved it for a while... but this thing is high maintenance & annoying.
Not worth the fun drive at all...
I've already dumped an extra $6000.00 into this car, and that's what its worth now....
Leather seats, fast acceleration, great steering, nice styling (before everything starts falling off)