2002 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Never Buy a VW again

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Never Buy a VW again
By crewdawg63 on


2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Bought this 5 years ago hoping to get 30 mpg for a long commute to a new job. Had a 1986 Jetta once upon a time that was GREAT, so figured I’d get another one – BIG mistake.

Good: Heated seats are warm and cozy in the New England wintertime while waiting for the heater to warm up.
It’s small and fits in tiny parking garages well.
The 2 rear seat reading lights are awesome for the kiddos – they control their own light and it does not create a distracting glare for me.
Lots of airbags.
Good city car – don’t care if someone scratches nor dings it anymore.
It’s paid for.

Build quality is horrible. Replaced 3 water pumps in the past 3 years-they seem to last just beyond the 12 month warranty, of course.
Driving back from a long road trip up the east coast, all 4 brake rotors warped and I just got thru having all 4 brakes replaced (ouch!).
The car wash ripped the radio antennae off the top.
Dealer wants $1000 to remove/replace the headliner in order to fix.
The heater on the driver’s side blows air on my shins, so my toes continue to stay frozen no matter how hot the rest of the inside is.
The exhaust just cracked behind the manifold, another $700 bill which had to be fixed in order to pass inspection.
Now the automatic transmission and clutch is starting to act up, shifting hard and not dropping in to gear without banging on the shift lever.
The auto door locks sometimes don’t lock or unlock the back doors.
The key fob doesn’t lock/unlock unless I’m within 3 ft of the car, even after repeated battery replacements.
Rust is starting to show on the body, despite my attention to keeping the car clean.
I’m going to give this car to my 16 year old son as his project car.
If he can keep it running, he has wheels.
No matter how I drive and keep the car tuned up, the best I can get out of it is 25 mpg.
I’m going to go buy Toyota or Dodge truck.
Might as well have a quality built hauler that people will get out of the way of – I’m tired of people pulling out in front of me when they see this POS coming.

Best Features

Heated seats

Worst Features

Stop building them in Mexico
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