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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair

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  • Can anyone tell me the difference between the handling of the GLS V6 and that of the TDI? I have only test driven the V6. I love the pep of the V6 and wonder how much of that I might compromise by considering the fuel economy of the TDI. I would also very much appreciate any other pro/con info anyone might be able to offer regarding the V6 and/or TDI. Thank you!
  • i am planning to get a Jetta but i cannot make my mind up about buying a V6 or a V4 ?? Is there a lot of benefits in a v6, also for a GLS V6 , can i get it like for 20,000$
  • Should I worry because there are still no crash test results for the 1999 Jetta? I am nearly ready to put my money down on this car, but want to be sure that the Jetta's safety features are not just cosmetic! Is it usual for crash tests to take a year (or more) to become known? I will greatly appreciate any information or advice anyone can offer me on this very important topic!
  • I test drove the TDI. Great car for a diesel. Things to remember: There is a lag in acceleration before the waste gates open on the turbo. You will not feel the acceleration before around 3k. Diesel mechanics can be hard to find. So can diesel. But: great gas mileage 45-50 mpg and fun to drive for a diesel! I can't decide. Finally, the TDI is in limited production and is difficult to find. You may wait months for delivery, and the dealer will therefore not be willing to discount the MSRP much. Good luck!
  • I am still weary on the reliability of the VR6 or VW in general? I am a bored owner of a Honda 99 EX and I am in the market for something more fun. I have driven the Nissan Maxima and the VW Jetta GLX--but which one can offer me long term durability with out going broke on maintanence costs? My next is going to have to be a long termer. So if anyone can give me any advice or opinions I would greatly appreciate it. Is the GLS VR6 a better deal since it has less gismos (how nuch $$ is that climate control and trip comp if they both die? is the extra $$ worth it?)
    I am not in a rush to buy, but when $24K is the figure, the brain does a lot of thinking. Is there GLX driver out there that can change my mind?
  • I'm a unlearned young teen, but my parents own an Infiniti (nissan) Q45, and the quality of it is fantastic, I've driven the Maxima based I30 many times, and let me tell you, the quality is fantastic. Not only is it extremely nice to ride in it's extremely nice to drive. There's plenty of gadget and gizmos and that bose sound system is almost as nice as the 10 speaker 10cd system we have in the Q. (Both are standard instruments btw) If I were you, I would get the Maxima.
  • dnordway, Thanks very, very much for your thorough input. It is extremely helpful. I'd heard that the VW TDI/diesel was "different" than the average diesel and I wondered how, though the test drive you described is as I guessed. Indeed it is a tough decision. Perhaps my need for wheels will override my desire for diesel, if what you say about limited production is true. Good luck to you as well, and thanks again!!!
  • I have driven Volks Jetta GL for eight years. My 96 jetta gl was on the side of the road at 26,000. It was just over two years old. My dealer told me that there was no room on their lot for my repair. The main office had to straighten them out.Fuel pump went and I had top pay for repair.
  • I have driven Volks Jetta GL for eight years. My 96 jetta gl was on the side of the road at 26,000. It was just over two years old. My dealer told me that there was no room on their lot for my repair. The main office had to straighten them out.Fuel pump went and I had to pay for repair.
  • cejcejcejcej Posts: 1
    I test-drove the Jetta GLS in 4 cyl. and the V6 - no comparison. The 4 cyl. is just noisy compared to the V6. I now own one and it drives like a rocket. Most of my neighbors own hondas and toyotas and they all LOOK THE SAME. Just sold my corolla for the Jetta - No Regrets!!
  • YOU'LL NEED TO LOOSE 15 POUNDS TO FIT IN THIS CAR, ITS TINY!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Jetta VR6 GLX or the Passat GLS 4 cylinder, I can't seem to decide. One is really sporty and fun to drive, the other is bigger and yet sporty. I drove the Jetta and loved it, but I still have not driven the Passat. Is the 1.8 turbo engine peppy enough to drive and what the heck is an aftermarket chip, can someone please fill me in it really sounds interesting.
  • 1. I owned an 1987 Golf(Same as Jetta with a hatch) when sold was nearing 150,000 miles. No problems except I broke the sun visor off the divers side(my fault)!!

    2. Mid 2000 the Jetta gets the 1.8T that has been confirmed go to www.vwvortex.com... as does the GTI. (EVERYONE JUMP FOR JOY). They have been spotted in Utah for testing.

    There is also rumors of The Jetta with a VR8 (eight cylinder)!!!

    3. The Jetta and Bettle are made in Mexico, THE GOLF AND PASSAT ARE MADE IN GERMANY.

    4. The new JETTA has been tested in crash tests and is one of the best small cars for safety go here to read yourself -- www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/small_cars/jetta.htm

    5. As far as reliability goes VWs last a long time, this is why it is the biggest car maker in Europe and the best selling European car maker in America. They may not be as reliable as Toyotas, but are not far from Toyota, that is why Toyota and VW are trading engine technologies... VW TDI, and Toyotas Direct Inject Gas engines I think...

    6. Let me say something about reliability of cars in general. I work in the Autoparts Aftermarket and own an Auto Parts Store, and sell to many mechanics. I can tell you what Cars are reliable and which are not as far as problems go. Because the bigger the problem the more parts WE sell. All cars have their individual problems more some than others.

    Hondas in general are always having their axles replaced(way to often), and starters and Alts, are popular failures. Other than that their engines are solid, and last forever.

    Toyotas are the most reliable, except their truck engines leak oil. EX. (all our delivery vehicles) and the Toyota Tercel, and PASEO were junk, that is why they were discontinued and and are being replaced by the new ECHO in 2000.

    The old HUNDAIS are super sh*tty, as are the KIAS

    Chryslers and subsidaries(sp?) I.E Dodge, Plymouth are always in the shops, they are probably the worst. I wish people new the problems with the NEONS (WHAT A PILE). At about 30,000 miles or so those neons blow head gaskets. The only thing that Chrysler builds well are their trucks I.E.

    VWs all are pretty reliable except for the early 1990s models which are in the shop every once in a while.

    Fords cars are pretty reliable (If you can get past their ugly exteriors... GOD what were they thinking (Taurus, Contour, Escort)). Their trucks are not only very good looking, pretty reliable too.
  • AFTER OWNING JUST ABOUT EVERY MAKE OF CAR OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS (I TRADE A LOT),I HAD NEVER OWNED A VW, BUT AFTER LOOKING AT AND DRIVING A 2000 JETTA, I WAS AMAZED! THE MANY FEATURES THAT GERMAN ENGINEERING HAS PLACED IN THIS CAR IS ENOUGH TO CHANGE A PERSON'S MIND ABOUT AN ASSEMBLED IN MEXICO PRODUCT. THESE CARS ARE BUILT TO LAST, MY LAST CAR WAS A 94 NISSAN ALTIMA AND AFTER 107K,5 YRS.,AND NO PROBLEMS, I WAS GOING TO BUY ANOTHER, UNTIL WE STOPPED AND LOOKED AT THE CANYON RED JETTA, BEAUTIFUL LINES,MANY CREATURE COMFORTS,STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY, AND THE TEST DRIVE WERE ENOUGH TO ALLOW NISSAN TO KEEP THEIR ALTIMA. I MENTIONED STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY,TRY THIS WHEN YOU GO CAR SHOPPING, BALL YOUR HAND IN A FIST AND HIT THE DASH WITH THE SIDE OF YOUR FIST. LISTEN FOR RATTLES AND CREAKS, YOU WON'T HEAR THEM IN THE JETTA, THEN DRIVE THE JETTA, EVEN THE 4 CYL.(WHICH I HAVE) IS QUIET,QUICK AND SMOOTH.DON'T FORGET TO GO WHEN THE SUN IS GOING DOWN, YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS SEEING THE DASH LIT UP!!
  • I thinking of purchasing a vw 2000 jetta gl tdi, but I'm concerned about the "diesel engine" in our cold winters. Will it start? What should I do to keep it warm, plugged in? What other maintenance will it require? JOe Hommes
  • Me and my Chica went out to look for cars yesterday, and the first place we stopped was the VW dealer. It seemed to be the only stop !!! I heard about the Jetta but never driven one. That's all it took. Drives like a big car .. a real feel for the road. The basic GL model had everything we needed. beautiful dash, roomy, nice trunk .. just basically nice ! Thanks VW !
  • VW/Audi has a road test center here in my town and on Monday night I got my first peak at the Jetta 1.8t. Generally, this place has the new VW/Audis 6 months to a year before their US release. Spring of '98 I was seeing the "new" Jetta's driving around. Based on this I would guess we will see the 1.8t sometime around December/January.
    As and aside, my wifes '99 Jetta is nice little car. A bit underpowered coming out of the turns. No real quality problems other than the clips that hold the floor mats down coming undone. The dealer fixed this and we have been going strong since February. In fact I am ready to buy a 1.8t for myself when my Nissan finally buys it.
  • I think your mechanic is misinformed about Golfs. While all Jettas/Beetles get assembled in Mexico(Jetta makes 60% of all VW sales in US) all Golfs are made in Germany. Plus consider 10 year/100,000 miles warranty which applies to any VW wherever it is built. Is your mechanic "selling" you a Hyunday? You will not get a better car in this class/price range; - next down is Civic Ex. Good luck.
  • sazsaz Posts: 1
    I owned a 1991 Jetta GLI and it was problematic. However I like the car so I purchased a new 1995 Volkswagon Jetta. It turned out to be the worst purchase I ever made. During the first year of ownership the window motors went out. Then I had to have it repainted because the paint was coming off (I was told that there was a defective paint batch in my color). Minor things (such as the windshield wipers failing to work during a rain storm) continued to break. The last straw was at 63,000 miles when the engine began burning oil. I had a rebuilt engine put in the car and sold the thing. Perhaps I had a lemon but BE WARNED. I gave Volkswagon a second chance and they failed me miserably!
  • I sincerely hope VW has gotten its reliability act together...the cars look great when new. My two late 60 and early 70 Beetles were fun, and reliable - and I could repair just about any engine problem in a few minutes, on the road, in the rain. My '76 Rabbit was even more fun, but after two years it started burning oil and rusting (it was garage kept and twice yearly waxed), and turned rapidly into an eyesore and piece of junk before it hit 70K miles. My '87 Volvo, which is just a German car made in Sweden with a large price tag is built like a tank, handles in the best European tradition, but breaks and breaks and breaks after 5 years. I hope all this has changed in 13 years, but you won't know for 4-5 years after buying your spanking new German car. I will tell any new car buyer to check out a 5 year old version of his dream car to get a reality check on the brand's reliability. If you only keep the car for 4 years - enjoy!
  • squeeesqueee Posts: 1
    My mother and I are considering to new Jettas. Mom interested in GLX, for all the features, and me interested in GLS VR6, for price reasons. She is concerned about all the electronics in the car. They seem like great luxury, however what is the probability of them breaking? She would dread to have to replace the motor in the power seats etc. My question is basically is all the extra features really worth it in the long run? We live in southern California making the heated options not that important. Would it be a good investment in purchasing some sort of extended warranty? Does anyone have any advise for her?
  • Well,

    I'm planning to buy a car. Can not deside among
    New Jetta GLS(V6) or Integra or Accord.

    Any suggestion !!!
  • I too was looking for a new car and was considering the Accord LX-V6, Acura CL, and the Jetta. I was decided on the Accord until I drove the Jetta. It really blew me away. The performance of the V6 was really impressive. Also, it just felt so luxurious to me (European styling, I guess). Of course, this is just my opinion. The Jetta really was the type of car that I was looking for and driving it helped me to make my decision. I strongly suggest that you drive all 3, and look at your needs rather than asking everyone their opinion b/c only you know what you need and like.
  • cab70cab70 Posts: 1
    If you don't need all the power equipment, don't get them. If you are looking at a GLS, I believe the only difference in power equipment above a GL is power windows (you also get cruise and an armrest). Before you go shopping, decide on exactly what you want and need. Once you made your decision, stick to it. Most dealers will try and push options or more expensive trim levels. Once you know exactly what you want, you should be able to come up with a price on your own that you feel is fair before even talking to a salesperson.
  • jafo1jafo1 Posts: 1
    I have just purchased a new 2000 Jetta GLS (black). I take delivery on Tuesday and I'm very excited about this.

    Many people have asked what the common problems on the new Jettas are. After owning 3 consecutive Japanese makes, I too was very worried about the VW reputation for (cough) reliability. It's a bit like asking Dr. Kevorkian to sell you life insurance.

    Well I researched it thoroughly. From the consumer guides, newsgroups, owners, mechanics, etc I have talked to, here it is :

    1) The front airdam is too low and tends to catch easily on curbs caused EXPENSIVE repair bills.

    2) Creaks and rattles. Sometimes in the doors during acceleration or deceleration (fixed by oiling the hinges) but commonly around the glove box area that show up in the first few months of ownership. Also common in the sunroof (a traditional problem area in VWs).

    3) Interior parts keep breaking (floor mat holders, sunroof visor clips, rear belts, etc)

    4) Door problems with sensors braking. Anticorrosion sealant leaking out of the doors.

    5) Awful dealer service. Dealers either don't admit to problems or don't have the parts in stock.

    It is also worth noting that VWs have expensive parts so when it comes time to change brake rotors or something, you are in for a more expensive service than you may expect.

    Well that's pretty much it. I'm trying to keep an open mind (deep breath) and am still anxiously awaiting my new black Jetta! It couldn't be worse than my experiences with my '93 Mazda MX-6. Never another Mazda! (don't get me started).

    Good luck to us all.
  • Just wanted to say that I just got my Jetta GLS VR6 this weekend. This site really helped me in deciding by allowing me to read many consumer comments and being able to research the Jetta. I am very pleased with it and would highly recommend this car thus far.
  • after owning bmw a 2002 and 530i in the 70s and 80s ; a honda prelude and integra from the mid 80s until now... are to get a 2000 jetta gl-tdi.

    perhaps it will turn out to be a mistake, but if there are any other asian car owners wanting but reluctant to make the jump, here's my rationale:

    get a base jetta with no fluff. get a 100,000 mile extended warranty. drive with the intent of keeping the car 1/4 million miles (certainly not unusual with a diesel). if the car has been insufficiently reliable during the first 80 to 90K, then make preparations to sell or trade before it's out of warranty, and take your licks.

    if the car has been pretty good to you, take a chance on it being good for a decade. after 100,000 miles *no* car is worth much anyway, and if it becomes a nightmare late in life.....se la vie!

    if you like compact sporty sedans you won't find any safer than the jetta. even the most humble vw has all the safety features of a passat glx save for traction control. the cars are incredibly solid and heavy for their size. offset crash testing for cars in that class found the new beetle #1; and the jetta / golf right behind. standard features include seatbelt pre-tensioners, abs, drl's, side door beams and air bags, and of course, driver and passenger air bags.

    the reason i mention safety is that it offers at least a somewhat valid excuse for purchasing a car *new* in the first place.

    the gl doesn't have power windows, which from what i've gathered, can be one of those things that go early and often. no sunroof to break.

    the tdi offers *beat your expectations* performance, gets over 40 mpg, and offers the possibility of giving you or your family a decade of rough service.

    put a cd changer in the trunk, maybe some small suspension mods, a nice set of 16" montreal wheels perhaps, even splurge on aftermarket leather from cst.....you've got yourself a pretty damn nice german sports sedan for not a lot of money!

    of course that's just my opinion... i could be wrong! 6^7
  • gloycegloyce Posts: 2
    You hit the nail on the head, I had a diesel rabbit many years ago, and it had no power, but i loved it. Now with the turbocharger, it's just right, and all you have to do with a diesel, is to make sure you change all the filters when the maintenance manual say, and use the hight quality oil, and service it when the manual says to, and it will probably go over the 1/2 million mile mark, you will probably trade it back in on another Turbocharged model, It's the best of two worlds, I was looking at a Pontiac Firebird 2000 model, till i saw the Jetta TDI, now you have performance and double the gas mileage of a Firebird and will last a lot longer.
  • I've got a '95 Ford Contour SE with 150,000+ miles on it. I'll be giving to my daughter in April, so I have been looking for a replacement.

    I love this car; great handling, good acceleration, NO problems in 150K+ miles [ other than a CD player that periodically wants to play without a CD inserted and a "check engine" light that goes on and off after driving about an hour (doing that since 60K;) ] , but the styling is less than stirring.

    I have been looking at the VW line, but I have to tell you guys/gals; your reliability/quality/dealer issues are turning me back to another Contour.

    What can you say to help me decide on a VW?

    Regards,
    Al
  • ramonramon Posts: 825
    I don't have a VW nor have I driven one. I was just here out of boredom and my roomate's been telling me about his new Jetta VR6 GLS. Anyhow, I think all cars has a lemon or two. For the mulah, I think the Jetta GLS with all it's toy sis abit steep. However, it has a nice European styling to it. I heard from my roomate that it's kinda tight in there. So if you're big then maybe you ought to look at something else. How about those Aleros with their active blah blah blah.....
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