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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair

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  • "I see there are more unhappy owners than happy owners."

    How did you arrive at this conclusion?
  • i LOVE my 1997 jetta. it is the best car i have ever owned (others were a 69 VW beetle, 89 toyota corolla, & 97 mazda protege). i will never go back to staid japanese cars nor will i ever consider a domestic after having this jetta. the car has 42,500 miles on it and i have had these issues.
    1.dead battery
    2.a small leak in a vacuum hose (which my mechanic, an independent mechanic who specializes in water cooled VWs fixed free of charge)
    3. an exhaust buzz under heavy acceleration due to a loose heat shield.

    go to vwvortex.com if you want to see and hear from people who love their VWs. this forum is entitled "how often do jettas breakdown?" it's going to attract a lot of disgruntled owners, naturally. most VW owners love their cars and are fairly loyal to the brand.
  • What do you guys think a fair price is on a 2000 Jetta GLS with 27,000 miles on it?
    Thanks!
  • Yeah! What's with this: "I see there are more unhappy owners than happy owners."

    I demand a re-count!

    Read post #766.
  • pat455pat455 Posts: 603
    If you haven't already, you should ask your question in one of the Jetta topics over in our Sedans Conference.

    The easiest way to find all of them is to key Jetta into the Topic Search feature on the left side of the page.

    Good luck.

    Pat
    Community Leader/Maintenance & Repair Conference
  • MY 2000 JETTA GLX HAD A SERVICE AT THE DEALER THIS PAST MONDAY. ON SATURDAY OF THE WEEK, MY CAR HAD TO BE TOWED BECAUSE THE ENGINE DID NOT HOLD THE MOTOR OIL. I GUESS THE ENGINE LEAKED OIL. I AM VERY UNHAPPY ABOUT IT. I NEED SOME ADVICE ON TAKING CARE OF THE ISSUE. I KNOW THE DEALER WILL TRY TO PUSH THE FAULT AT ME. BY THE WAY, THE TOW TRUCK GUY TOLD ME THAT MY ENGINE IS DEAD AND I WILL NEED A NEW ONE.
  • Try reading this thread at VWVortex covering the same type scenario:
    http://forums.vwvortex.com/vwbb/Forum4/HTML/018217.html
  • ok, we re picking up a 2001 1.8jetta on saturday, in nj we havent actually put money down yet, some of the comments that were made about all the electronic breakdowns, leaks, lights staying on, are really scary.( and a 2000jetta who engine is dead?? is that possible?? I though these new cars have a much better history of reliability compared to older models, what shall we do??
    i thought the purpose of buying a new car, is not having any worries about stuff going wrong, for at least 4 years. i currently have a civic, any recommendations, should be buy that extened warrenty??
  • Take this forum in context. It is a complaint forum, so what you will read here is complaints. This is not the 'I'm-so-happy-with-my-Jetta' forum. Just check any of the other threads here and you'll not buy ANY cars! They all suck! ;-)

    On the other hand, Volkswagen's customer service record is not number one. That is a fact. Another thing I have noticed from reading this and several other forums is that a lot of the previous problems with the new Jetta (A4 or MKIV) platform have been resolved.

    Try reading the vwvortex.com forum. You'll read both complaints and praises of all VW/Audi built cars there, so it gives a more balanced view than does this valuable, but more negative forum base.

    I have not had one problem with my Jetta. We bought it in August and will be ready for its 5K checkup soon. Absolutely zero defects to date.

    But, you must weigh your own decision. Just don't do it soley on this forum. Go for another test drive! ;-) As for the extended warranty? I got one, but then I keep my cars for 8-10 years too.

    Good luck!!
  • I have a 97 Jetta GT. Have not had any problems with it whatsoever other then the occasional new belt or whatev', however, I'm really happy with mine. It already has 68,000 miles on it and it still runs strong! I think ya'll trippin'!
  • I think what the problem is here is shady mechanics who are robbing, you sheep, blind. That's what it comes down to. To ya'll who know how to fix your own car, you can complain all you want. I seem to hear stories in this discussion of people who take their cars to get fixed and then another thing goes wrong. Then two things go wrong, etc. Doesn't that sound sorta strange! Don't you think you may possibly be getting screwed by these mechanics who claim that your valve cover gasket is leaking so it's causing your exhaust manifold to have too much pressure, therefore blowing out your catalytic converter. Whatever. All of that obviously doesn't affect eachother, but that's my point. Unless you're on top of the game, knowin' about all that stuff, it's really easy for the regular consumer to get jacked by mechanics! In that case, you can blame it on the car all you want. And I'm sure a lot of times it is the car that's a lemon, however, just be aware of what your mechanic is really talkin' about. research it if you have to. I'm outeeeeee! And that's all I have to say! Audi L8z
  • I bought a VR6 GLS fully loaded last year (Dec 5) and put 15k on the clock with ZERO problems with the car. Not ONE. It had power everything...windows, locks, sunroof etc. I just traded it in for a 2001. Same exact car but with a manual transmission (for more control), sport suspension and wheels, and Monsoon stereo. Also fully loaded (even more so really) and I will keep you posted on the reliability of this new one. All I can say is, if this car goes the same way I will be a VW customer forever. I bought the car at VWSpringfield in Northern VA. They gave me a fair deal and they did go out of their way to find this car for me. Good luck!
  • Our Jetta turns 4 months today. As cute as the day she was born! ;-)) Anyway, it's available at: http://www.bluelagoonjetta.com
  • I would like to hear from anyone who has a diesel. How has the engine preformed? Would the car do okay in cold Montana weather with some mountainous surroundings. Is there enough power? How does it drive in ice and snow?
  • mdecampsmdecamps Posts: 115
    I have a 2001 Jetta TDI and it's GREAT!!! Forget everything you have ever heard about diesels....this beats all of the old ones. It's been a dream to start in the cold weather we've been having here in Indiana. It starts the same in 0-degree weather as it does in 70-degree weather. It's a good idea to let it warm up for a couple of minutes before driving off, though, because the engine is a little noisy when it's cold. It has great pickup and will smoke any 4 cyl on the road. I get close to 50 mpg on the hwy and about 40 in the city. I don't know why anyone would buy a car with any other engine. If you want to enjoy the great fuel economy, I would recommend getting a manual transmission. The only thing you should ever have to do to the engine is a timing belt change at about 60K. I've heard of plenty of people in Canada buying them. I think you'll be OK in Montana. Let me know!

    A satisfied VW owner....
  • I owned a 79 rabbit with the old Diesel engine, and if this new diesel is anything like the old one you will be very happy. drove my Rabbit for 328,600 mile before the unibody busted through, and the engine was still going strong. Only problem I had with the engine was the glow plugs would crack because the injectors would leak down on them and I had to to have the injectors repaired.
  • areakareak Posts: 2
    have a 2000 Jetta GLX (with automatic), that I have owned for about 8 months now. It has been a great car except for the fact that it has been in the shop for about 2 or the 8 months I have had it. I am already on my second transmission, and their is a loud howling noise coming from the rear gearbox again. I am getting really sick of taking it in to get looked at and serviced. I am taking it in again because it is shifting terribly, and sometimes won't shift between 1st and 2nd without a load pop. Has anyone else had these problems??? I like the look and feel of the car (when it works), but I am already looking at other cars, since the reliability has been horrid! Thanks for any help.
  • You need to start mentioning the words 'lemon' and 'buyback' when talking with your dealer/ VW Rep. You are one of the few unfortunate people that got a bad one. You need to start checking into your state's particular lemon laws.
  • muck9muck9 Posts: 1
    i've owned a '75 bus,2 '66 buses, '70 bus, '88 and '93 foxes, '94 jetta, and my fiance has a '70 ghia. The fact is, a VWs have to be milked. Most of the problems i've seen on this message board have been things that could have been avoided. for example, one idiot on here says that his brake pads and rotors went bad...well, brake pads go (thats a given), but don't let them eat up your rotors! replace them before that happens! In order to get the most out of your vw, make sure you know and understand how works a vw. and for you ladies, make sure your man knows how works a vw. OH, and NEVER BRAG ABOUT HOW YOUR VW IS RUNNING!! this is a sin in some third world countries. We all know that VW places a Poltergeist in the car somewhere along the assembly line. I'm not sure when.
  • bluejettabluejetta Posts: 272
    I am offering limited webspace and a private, invitation-only mailing list to all Edmunds members / Jetta owners. Please contact me at nwvw@bluelagoonjetta.com for more information, or visit the website at: http://www.bluelagoonjetta.com, enter your email address and click on the join button.

    Please, Jetta owners only. This is a private, moderated list and is totally a for-fun, not-for-profit venture.

    -Jim
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