2002 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Fun But Troublesome

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GLX VR6 Wagon (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Fun But Troublesome
By SethEaston on


2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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.

Best Features

Powerful VR6 engine, very smooth transmission, tank-like build quality, great looks.

Worst Features

Besides the electrical issues, this has horrible fuel economy for a small car (max of 23 mog highway) and a small tank!
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