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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair



  • mtownsendmtownsend Posts: 26
    I had a 97 Jetta automatic, had no problems with the gear shift. The problem started on the LEV models, I now have a 99.5 GTI it is horrible, only have 10,000 more miserable miles before it goes back. My advice buy the old shape or buy something else. The new model is over priced, totally over rated and a complete waste of money.
  • I keep reading all these comments from new Jetta VW owners who "love" their cars -- it sounds so familiar. I was saying the same things five years ago . . . I have a 1995 Jetta GLS. It has been NOTHING but headache and expense for the past two or three years. Everything possible has broken (I have only a mere 42,000 miles on it) from my sunroof to my AC Compressor to the seats to the electric windows to the ignition. . . the list is endless. I even stalled in the middle of a major intersection once (it just went dead) and have never been so upset in all my life -- until today when I found out my latest repair bill is $1200. (I am trading it in next week.) My local dealership has been arrogant, rude, blameless and downright mean. When I first got my Jetta, a girl I met in a retail outlet told me the woes of hers and I thought, "She just got a lemon. Mine is great!" She traded hers in within two years and boy was she right!!! I hope for your sake that the 2000 is indeed an improved model, but anyone considering buying an older model -- DO NOT DO IT!!!
  • tonyantonyan Posts: 10
    Don't you hate it when the monthly repair bill is more than the payment. I had a 95 Jetta also. A guy has started a site about his '99.
  • hytailnhytailn Posts: 1
    I'm torn between jumping the VW ship and defecting to Japan, or taking a chance on the new Jetta GLX and waiting for the upcoming sport suspension with 17 inch wheels! Why? Well, here's an abbreviated list of my '97 GLX 5-spd's repair log with 66k highway miles (pampered, never pounded):
    - broken cam chain tensioner (16k,covered)
    -broken engine mount and bracket
    -both front wheel bearings
    -clutch throwout bearing (15k,covered)
    -broken cv joint (50k,covered)
    -water pump (50k,covered)
    -random misfires, check engine light on and off
    -ignition coil (45k)
    If it wasnt so much fun and so fast,it would be an easy decision...any headaches from new owners? Please advise! Debating in Chicago
  • gregj777gregj777 Posts: 67
    Again I say there are bad cars in every make and model. A coworker has the revered Honda Accord sedan (1999) and it has been in the shop quite a few times for the engine light coming on and things like that. Once they supposedly told him that the gas cap was making the engine light come on. I just had my 5000 service on my VR6 yesterday.... hope it continues going well.
  • wsommarivawsommariva Posts: 157
    Well my 2000 GLS VR6 is perfect after 5,400 miles. I hope that VW got tired of paying for all these repairs under warranty and has finally made a car that will need no such repairs. My car is great. If after I experience what you have experienced, will I buy a new one? It depends on whether I believe the items are minor, or normal wear and tear occuring early.

    My favorite car ever ownen - 87 SAAB. Most expensive to maintain car I've ever owner - 87 SAAB.

    Most posts I've read on this car - the 99/00 are very favorable. Keeping in mind that they have low mileage.

    What you experienced I believe is unaccepable. when you look at the new ones, see if the dealer will give you retail trade allowance. VW is trying hard to be good to customers. See if they put the $$ where the mouth is. If they give you retail trade in, buy a new one -as you said it's fun to drive. Won't find that in a Toyota.

    Good luck - to you and all of us VW owners.
  • wsommarivawsommariva Posts: 157
    My grammer above is poor.
  • i am picking up my gls VR6 in a few weeks - any advice on break in procedures? or does anyone know of any sources on the topic? does the dealership cover this in depth when i pick up the car? i just want to make sure i do it right.

    thanks in advance

  • pat455pat455 Posts: 603
    Yes, your salesperson should explain to you in detail the break in procedures required. And you should not leave until you have that information. But you should also verify what you've been told by reading the owner's manual thoroughly.

    There have been a number of posts in this topic about breaking in this car. There are a couple of ways you can go about looking for them. If you click on the "see all responses" choice at the top of the page under the topic name, all of the posts will load into your browser. This can take a few minutes, but then will allow you to read through all that has been discussed in this topic.

    Another option is to click on the Search button at the bottom of the page. This will open a new window from which you can choose some search options. If you choose (from the left drop down box) "Responses in Current Topic", you can then enter any key word or phrase you want in the right box. I suggest you do two searches, one for "break-in" and one for "break in" (without the quotes). This will give you a list of specific post numbers in which the phrase is mentioned.

    You can also find other recent purchasers of this car in our Sedans conference. You can easily find the Jetta topics in that conference by using the Topic Search feature on the left side of the page. Just key in Jetta and click Go.

    There is also a general topic on vehicle break in here in Maintenance & Repair (#28), but I think this topic and possibly the ones in Sedans may be better references for you.

    Of course, a very important reference will always be your owner's manual. :-)

    Community Leader/Maintenance & Repair Conference
  • wsommarivawsommariva Posts: 157
    Many topics as noted above. I have a 2000 GLS VR6. Manual says to take it easy for 600 miles and gradually increase rpms through 1,000 miles. Also, from what I have read - do not take extended trips at a constant speed - say 55 mph. I actually kept my old car for an extra two weeks so I could take it on vacation and leave the VW at home.

    Another important note: The first oil change is at 5,000 miles. NO LESS. You must keep the factory fill oil in for this period. This oil has special additives to help the engine break in correctly. In the olden days you changed the oil at 500 or 1,000 miles. NOT TODAY.

    Enjoy the car. The first 1,000 miles is not fun - can't drive the car until you hit 1,001.
  • mtownsendmtownsend Posts: 26
    Just thought I would give an update on my 99.5 GTI, it had the 20,000 mile service yesterday. VW and my dealer now refuse to do any more repairs on the car under warranty, they feel that they have spent enough on it. So now my outstanding issues remain, including a seat belt that dosn't work, it's been replaced twice before. I think they may have gone too far this time as this is a safety issue. Still cant't wait till I can afford to replace it.
  • ramonramon Posts: 825
    Don; tu have that 2 yr bumper to bumper and the big drive train warranty? How can they do that?!
  • ewhipewhip Posts: 6
    Get this - picked up my new Jetta 1.8T last night at 7pm, loved it until noon today when it completely crapped out on the highway. It was hesitating and cutting out - kind of like the feeling you get when you hit a rev-limiter on other cars. Took it to VW - they were helpful - but the service guy thinks the Turbo is shot. Anybody out there have a similar experience or at least an encouraging word for a new (nervous) Jetta owner?
  • wsommarivawsommariva Posts: 157
    Go to and post your problem. This site is VW only and has many knowledable people.

    Wait and see what the problem is. Many problems are fixed by simply reprogramming a computer.

    If it is the Turbo, I would think that they can easily put a new one in.

    If it is a major problem, you have a good chance of getting a new car.
  • ewhipewhip Posts: 6
    Just thought I'd update the turbo situation on my new Jetta - picked it up today and it runs great. Dealer was very helpful and apologetic. I keep reading all of these people bashing their Jettas, and I can sympathize, but I just can't help liking this thing. Had a 2000 Mercury Cougar for six months before buying the Jetta, and I could fill a book with the things I hate about that car. But I won't. Thanks to "wsommariva" for the link - was helpful.
  • wsommarivawsommariva Posts: 157
    What was wrong with it?
  • millersms1millersms1 Posts: 1
    I went to a VW dealer yesterday, interested in a 1.8T Jetta.

    The sticker on this car stated $22625, with all the bells an whistles I desired (leather, sunroof, etc.). We got to the bargaining table, and the salesman threw an additional $1995 into the mix, by stating that this was " market adjustment". I went to the VW web site, and it says I can buy this car for $22625.

    Is he trying to screw me, or is there a true shortage of these vehicles to allow for a Market adjustment on these vehicles? I could understand this on a Limited production vehicle, like a Vette, Porsche, or Jag( which could mean a lot higher mark-up),

    but a Jetta?

    Looks like additional dealer profit to me, in addition to the BS dealer prep/delivery charges that the dealerships are already reimbursed for, by the manufacturer. He could not explain to me what the Market Adjustment was for, even after he showed me 9 1.8T's on his lot! He told me it was based on the average of the last 10 sales in the area. So, I said, 10 people didn't do their homework, so that justifies the adjustment? Maybe I was harsh, but come on !

    Any advice? I walked away, for now. I was willing to pay MSRP, but he, or the sales manager, wouldn't budge. Even MSRP would give them a $2000 profit, and that is not including any discounts/perks they already received. Are sales on VW's that bad?
  • I have a 2000 Jetta with 800 miles on it and it stalled in the middle of a major intersection, it just went dead. I tried to re-start it ten times. But when it did, the engine check went on and it stayed on. I took this piece of s--- to the dealer the next day. The dealer found the fuel pump malfunctioned and fixed it. But the thing is, I have this brand new car for only 3 weeks and have a major problem already. This is my 13th car in my 30 years of driving and never had this problem with my other cars. Is anybody out there have the same problem that I had?
  • lee71lee71 Posts: 1
    I am planning to buy a new car. I have three choices 1) Honda 2) Nissan Altima 3) VW Jetta

    My first choice is Jetta but i do not know whether to get the GLS 2.0 or 1.8T Anyone could advice will be appreciated.
  • gregj777gregj777 Posts: 67
    With nine of the babies on the lot I don't see how they can jack the price up. My advice would be to go to another dealer. I know the sales manager at the VW place here (Flow, Winston-Salem) and he just told me the other night over dinner with him and his wife that they are still scarce. I doubt he would jack the price up like the one you went to though, with his good inventory. I got a good deal on my VR6.

    That said, I wouldn't want the turbo. Maybe it's just past stories I've heard working on me much in the same way as we have always been told to change oil at 3000 miles yet we don't really need to, but I've always heard turbos develop problems more often than normally-aspirated engines because of their nature. I guess it does get a little better mileage than my VR6, but the 6 is an older engine that should have the bugs worked out by now (I hope) whereas the T is still fairly new. I drove an Altima for a day while a part for my Jetta was being put on and it drove like a '70's Ford. The Honda is just too plain and common (not that plain and common is a bad thing, I'm just not going to pay $20K+ for those attributes in a car!) That's my 2 cents worth.
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