2001 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: VW Jetta - My first and last V

2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLS Wolfsburg Edition 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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VW Jetta - My first and last VW.
By Zack B. on


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


I purchased the vehicle certified used with 30k miles on it. The Galactic Blue Metallic finish was gorgeous. BBS wheels were hot stuff. And then I began driving the vehicle. Plenty of pep and great gas mileage. 3,000 miles later, on the highway at cruise, my clutch plate broke. Destroyed the transmission. That was just the beginning. During the 2.5 years and 50,000 miles I owned the vehicle, I went through three power window switches, two coolant temp sensors, a trunk release, a glove box door, four Mass Air Flow sensors (two directly from the dealer at $500 a piece), a front left wheel bearing, and rear brake caliper hardware. $8,000+ in parts and repairs in 2.5 years. Questions?

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The Check Engine light was extremely reliable. Came on every 4-8 months. The interior also seemed to have an unadvertised feature called "self destruct" that would also work every 4-6 months.
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