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Very great vehicle
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By ev_rickus
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This car has been very good to me through everything that I have put it through. Snow, heavy rain, whatever it has been, the FWD has been wonderful; I have never once gotten stuck in snow and have driven it in the mountains for 3 years now.

Esthetically pleasing, and fun to drive. We have had to replace the water pump (5-6 years ago), and the front drivers door sensor, but otherwise no major repairs. The trans is having trouble, but what can you expect at 170k miles and after 13 years.

The cloth on the headliner is falling off, and center console broke off, and the glove box door broke; ultimately, a great car that my family has had it, and I would consider getting another VW!


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WORST IDEA EVER
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By angelacoleman
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I have spent more in repairs than the car itself cost. Every repair has to be made at the dealer since an average repair shop hasn't a clue or doesn't have the special tools required to work on it. Oil pump at the VW dealer, $1000. When all hell broke loose as we drove on the highway, all new valves and fixed up heads, $4000. Not to mention that they failed to inform their clients in a timely manner of recalls so the coils had already caused further damage and the sun roof leak had already created a foul smell in the car that also cost $500 to be cleaned and removed properly. Just say NO! Also not very car seat friendly.


Best Features

Heated seats were very toasty, Comes with decent sound system although it is hard to access because of the cup holder,


Worst Features

Avoid this year is the best suggestion available. Apparently the couple years surrounding this one were not highlights for VW either.


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2002 Jetta 1.8T
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By chumani
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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If it makes you feel better I have a wagon. This car would be a great car if all the parts could be shipped next day from Germany. Good luck with your transmission. You can start thinking about replacing it at 60,000 miles. The tiptronic switch is easy to replace if you're a mechanical geek but if not it will cost you around $500.00 to fix. This is not the kind car you buy parts from your local part store. Be ready to get dirty and learn how your car works or pay a hefty price at the shop and I'm just talking about your regular maintenance. If you can afford the upkeep of an Audi then go for it because that's what you're buying anyway.


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Black on black


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It's been alright
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By monkey801
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I bought this car 2 years ago because I've always loved Jettas. Fell in love with it right away, it's definitely quicker than most would assume. Bought it with 118,000 miles. Since then I've had to replace the fuel pump, ignition coils (recall), and the hoses. These cars are expensive to fix! Aside from that it's still running strong at 136,000 miles.


Best Features

The turbo makes it very fun to drive, it handles better than other cars in its price range, I think it looks great, the 1.8t is cheap and easy to upgrade, lots of trunk space, traction control.


Worst Features

Better quality materials in the interior, BETTER CUP HOLDERS (I've lost an entire milkshake and two sodas on the floor), fix the lame latch on the glovebox.


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Dont Do It!
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By mikejones5
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Worst purchase I have bought! 135K and here is the work I have done:

O2 sensor
Catalytic Converter
Water Pump
Timing Belt
All bulbs
Bumper Clips (3 Times)
Hub caps (on going)


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Heated Seats


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