2002 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Good and Bad

2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GL TDI Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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By g2driver44 on


2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


I bought my 02 Jetta new from the dealer and put 263,000 miles on it.

The Good:
I fell in love with gas mileage..700 miles to a tank.
This was my first import car and the handling was awesome.
I traveled from Washington to N. California and never broke down. The most comfortable seat I have ever sat in... maybe because I spent all my time in this car, it was custom fit to me. The resale value of this car only took me 24 hours to sell.

The Bad:
The cost of maintenance on the TDI was enough to drive you mad.
$500 every time they had to look at the car.
I had some check engine lights come on after 30k, 60k and 90k.
Burned through countless o2 sensors.

Best Features

Car seats, gas mileage and resale value. Fun to drive around the Redwood forest and the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. I drove this little car very hard and he(Hans) never left me stranded. After 263k miles together...I will miss my little German car!

Worst Features

02 Sensors, Vacuum leak
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By customshirt
on 01/02/12 23:00 PM (PST)

How can you go through oxygen sensors on a diesel???

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