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Volkswagen Jetta 2005 and earlier



  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I had my Jetta up to 120 once, and the engine was running at 4000rpms. Not too high I didn't think, and the engine just became kinda noticeable at that point. I think the gearing differed greatly between the 01 and 02 models though, as we have talked about before. Of course, mine was the Tiptronic and you had the stick shift, so that could be it.
  • AnakinAnakin Posts: 410
    It sounds to me like your problems to complaints ratio is a bit skewed in favor of the complaints.

    A headlight bulb? Oh, how extreme! You had to take the car to the dealership for this?

    Dealership charged you to put in some screws? (duh) You don't say! Dealerships will charge you for anything and everything possible. It's how they make money.

    The whistling noise is annoying, yeah. It's not VW's fault the dealer doesn't offer loaners. That varies by dealer.

    Are there any other dealerships in the area you can try? Often times, the dealership service can make all the difference. I bought my car from a nearby dealership, but I take my car to a dealer who is 15 miles away because they have excellent service.
  • As far as your "squealing" noise from your front end, it may be related to a problem I had with my 2k2 passat. There was some bolt or something that was loose (after 1k miles). Whenever my car would hit a bump or have to flex vertically it would squeak from the driver side wheel-well and annoy the #$#@ out of me. The dealer was able to fix this and it hasnt happened since (32k miles now). Maybe its the same thing? Bummer about your problems, I would agree that the dealer you choose could mean the difference between joy with your car and total frustration, is there another dealer in your area?
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    a 2000 Civic might be okay. just don't get a 2k1 or newer. my 2001 Civic was awful. the 2000 is the older model, so you might be okay reliability wise. of course, the interior in that car is awful. no black steering wheel in a 2000. no silver door handles. leather in a Civic would be like leather in a Focus - strange :)

    if you want a car similiar in size to Jetta/Civic, but are not into buying what feels good to you, what about a Sentra SE? interior is better than Civic, and Nissan is viewed as a step above VW with regard to reliability to some people and in magazines. not a bad little car - the engine will run forever - no timing belt to replace too!
  • cards28cards28 Posts: 145
    Sometime back the conversation was about, what was the best product to use for cleaning the dash board. Some one said, don't use Armorall, can't remember why you shouldn't use it, though. My dash needs cleaning and I just want to use the right product. And also, the leather interior.

  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,489
    The best way to clean it is use a damp (with car wash soap) 100% cotton toweling and wipe it away with damp (water)100% cotton toweling till you decide the treatment you wish to use.

    I use #40 Meguairs rubber and vinyl cleaner rejuvenator and or the Zaino leather stuff or the plastic rubber vinyl product. The key is not to use silicone to clean the vinyl. Also silicone is BAD for the MAF if you should inadvertently put it there or if it gets sucked up there. So again to be safe keep the silicone away.
  • 2000 Jetta GL, 2.0L 4

    1)Does my Jetta have a timing belt?

    2)If so, when does it need to be changed?

    the owners manual doesn't mention it, it only mentions timing belt when refering to the 1.9L TDI motor. I would assume that since it isn't discussed for the 2.0L, that I don't need to worry about it.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,489
    1. Yes, your 2.0 Jetta has a timing belt.

    2. Not quite, see for the definitive word.

    As I read it, you have to check the belts and R/R the timing belt tensioner at 40/80k intervals. So at 40,000 and 80,000 miles if the belts are out of specification you SHOULD replace them, BUT for sure R/R the timing belt tensioner.
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    why wouldn't you take your new car to the dealer for a new headlight bulb? it's covered under the warranty. maybe it should be duh to you?

    your comment about problems to complaints ratio is way off base. it's bad enough that a new car would have such problems but how the dealership dealt with the problems is even worse.

    i agree some of the anger should be directed at the dealer but it's WV who built the problematic car in the first place.
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    maybe it's a matter of perspective, but i had the same engine and transmission as you did and i started to notice engine noise at above 70 mph. at a 100 mph my jetta was downright loud (with road and wind noise also contributing). overall, a very quiet car for 99% of the time.
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    does anybody have the latest info on the next generation jetta? i know i just got a new car, but i'm always speculating about what my next will be (in about 14-24 months). i just start to get that new car itch.

    this is what i know (or think i know) about the next jetta.

    the back seat will be much roomier (big gain in wheelbase).

    the rear suspension will be independent (no more beam axle).

    it will look more like a smaller version of the passat.

    the 1.8t will be retained but the vr6 moves to 3.2 liters with 230 hp. the base four cylinder will be all new and the tdi will offer significantly more horsepower while retaining great gas mileage.

    if anybody knows anything more or wants to correct what i stated, feel free to do so.
  • cards28cards28 Posts: 145
    You were right about the gas cap. I checked it and found that it was very loose, not off but loose.
    Thanks, :)
  • chmeeeechmeeee Posts: 327
    There is little more info specific to the Jetta than what you mentioned there. You can however find a ton of info on the Golf V on the main news area at, there is a great article there right now.
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    thanks for the link. it sounds like the new jetta turbo will be bumped to 2.0l with 200hp and available with a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed auto. a 6 speed auto! that might reduce the turbo lag that plagues the current 5 speed auto.

    i'm assuming that the new jetta (which will share the same platform with the new golf) will get the corresponding engines and trannys.
  • AnakinAnakin Posts: 410
    why wouldn't you take your new car to the dealer for a new headlight bulb? it's covered under the warranty. maybe it should be duh to you?
    I dunno, I guess I just think a headlight bulb is something easy enough to do myself that I don't need to take my car all the way to the dealership. I changed a headlight bulb in my wife's car recently. It's not rocket science.

    your comment about problems to complaints ratio is way off base. it's bad enough that a new car would have such problems but how the dealership dealt with the problems is even worse.
    I counted THREE whole problems, none of which left them stranded anywhere or caused a dangerous situation. A headlight bulb, license plate fell off, and a funny noise? OH NO! THE SKY IS FALLING!! In the real of car problemsthose things quite minor. Are those things really worth getting all bent out of shape over? Bad dealership service is another thing, but when that happens, it's time to look for a new dealership.

    Sometimes cars have problems. Trying not to freak out about the small problems will help people live happier lives.
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    don't forget the window regulator problem.

    the license plate falling off is a minor problem. but to have the dealership charge you $16 for something they screwed up in the first place would upset me a tad. yes, i would take my business elsewhere after that and tell them to stick that $16 bill where the sun doesn't shine.

    what do you do if the next dealership is 100 miles away? i guess you take it to a non WV service shop for non warranty items.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    No problem. It's a common "problem." ;)
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    the new Golf/Jetta base engine for the U.S. might be a 150hp 5 cylinder.
  • AnakinAnakin Posts: 410
    " Mechanically the Golf V has a revised MacPherson front suspension setup and finally a fully independent rear suspension structure. Transmission offerings will include a six-speed manual, six-speed tiptronic and six-speed DSG unit. Engine choices for U.S. cars should include an inline-5 cylinder as a base-engine with 150-hp and a 16v 200-hp 2.0l 4-cylinder turbo as the uprated engine. The 2.0T will also be the base engine in the next U.S. GTI model. The 3.2l VR6 will not be available at introduction, but will be shown at a later date. 4motion is reportedly in the cards for the North American market, but not initially."

    From: 5.shtml
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