2002 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Happy and Sad

2002 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel - Consumer Review

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


Purchased this used vehicle for my 90 mile a day/6 day a week job. Right away noticed that at least twice a year something would go wrong requiring $500-1200 dollars to fix at the local dealership. Now with 156000 miles my little yellow light told me it required a new transmission. Bummer as I wanted to fully test the longevity of the diesel engine. It reminds me of an expensive girlfriend that you really love, but have to lose to keep your sanity/money. Hence the bipolar ratings I gave this car.

Best Features

Gas mileage, gas mileage, and gas mileage. I recommend this vehicle if you get the manual transmission. I also really love the heated seats and sunroof. Block heater is a must if you live north of the mason dixon line. Any temp around single digits and this car will let you down without one.

Worst Features

New center arm rest, mine broke within a week of owning it. I can only assume this is a common problem. Seats are not comfortable after 2 hours of steady driving. Some sort of MP3 option
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