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Volkswagen Jetta 2005 and earlier



  • cards28cards28 Posts: 145
    "Did you miss me???" Are the infamous words of Sammy Sosa when he arrives to Spring Training late.

    I've been away putting miles (just under 4,700 now)on my Jetta and I just don't like the auto tranny including the turbo lag. I did drive the 6 speed manual and was a bit better before I decided on the auto. Better next time.

    While driving around yesterday the MIL (check engine icon??)light came on. I stopped at the VW dealer where I purchased it and the SW said it would be OK as long as it doesn't start blinking. He set up an appointment for 2 weeks down the road. No big deal....what do you think?

    For those who want to know...I did get it up to 105. My fastest yet.

    Now, itsn't this getting fun again?
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    ask to see their client list and bar exam results

    Bar exam results? Maybe it varies by state but in CA it's a pass/fail test. You either made the cut or you're among the huge portion who results available.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Did you try the old gas cap trick? VW's are pretty well known for the check engine light popping on if you don't click your fasten your gas cap until it clicks.

    105, eh? Best I ever did in my old 1.8T was 115. Car felt pretty smooth...but LOUD. Still haven't broken 110 in my new car, but 100 is eery quiet and smooth with it. I hit it by accident sometimes.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    i would say that finding out if someone passed the bar or not would be considered "exam results" -

    i was half joking - just reminding people that on the Web, anyone can be a Dr., Esq, etc....
  • timrsltimrsl Posts: 4
    I have a 1992 Honda Accord EX. I know its old and I cant really just honda by it, but the difference in sitting in the cloth seats and kinda boring interior and then sitting in the black leather seats of the jetta with a more refined looking interior seemed huge. Are there any other cars similar to the jetta offering as nice of an interior with added reliablity? Or should I just forget the feeling of the jetta and just go with like a 2000 civic? Is it possible to get leather in a civic? That probebly be a perfect combo but i dont think its possible. Should I stick with the jetta? Thanks for your help!
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    If you really want leather in a civic, have it installed. $800 or so will get you better leather than any factory jetta.
  • chmeeeechmeeee Posts: 327
    You will probably not find anything as good as the Jetta interior in the same price range, VW is known for having some of the nicest interiors outside of luxury cars. Add me to the list of no problems, with a TDI.
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    you're right, it's not fair to compare a 92 accord to a new jetta. you think you would get excited over a 92 jetta with cloth seats? the current accord's interior ambiance is very nice.

    civics and jettas compare in size only. if you're in the jetta's price range you should be comparing to likewise cars. you may want to try out the new mazda 6. the nearest comparison honda has to a jetta type vehicle would be the TSX.
  • d7socrd7socr Posts: 2
    I own a 2002 Jetta. I HATE IT. I had never been more excited to have a new car in my life. I traded in my 1999 Honda Civic to purchase it...WHAT A MISTAKE.
    Where to even being...within 1 month of owning the car, the front drivers side headlight blew. I had to take it to the dealer to replace it.
    About 2 weeks later, the front lisencse plate fell off the car...after searching the streets high and low (the dealer is the one that put it on in the first place), I took it to the dealer to have it put back on (leave it to VW...I go buy a standard plate kit to put it back on myself..they make the front screws smaller then the others, NOT STANDARD) I was not about to go and shop for the correct size at a hardware store, so what happens...I take it to the dealer and get a bill for $16.00 (don't worry, we didn't charge you for the parts, that was just labor charges....) YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME...IT TOOK $16.00 WORTH OF ARM MUSCLE TO TURN TO SCREWS!!
    6 months go by and all is well. Until my car starts making this extremely loud whistling noise. Loud enough that people are actually staring at me when I drive by. I take it to the deal AGAIN...and I am told that it appears that my oil pan cover was misfitted...but they will have to order the, I get to play the waiting game. 2 weeks go word...I call, it is on order, but no ETA at this point, I wait another week, call again, told the same...I am now waiting over a month and a half and get fed up at being stared at constantly...and I call Volkswagen of America and talk to the Consumer Advocate there...surprising, they could get the part it it would just take 3 days (should have done that from the beginning). So I take the car loaner program available, no ride to work...nothing, so I have to inconveninece other people for VW not being able to do anything right. Finally the car is fixed...OR SO I THOUGHT. The owned the car for a little over a year now...and when either front wheel goes over a dip in the road (recessed manhole covers are perfect for this) or I am going a slow speeds, I hear a brief squeal from outside of the car. I again of course have to arrange rides to and from work and such and they call me and say they can't hear it. PEOPLE STARE!!!
    So I accept this and they tell me if it happens again come it is sooooo convenient. I have to give them the benefit of the is intermittent and those are the hardest things to identify. So it happens on and off but I am dealing with it. Tonight, I get in my car to come home from work, my front passanger side window locks up...and then continues to open and makes this horrible glass grinding noise. I try to put it up, more grinding like cracking glass. I am just driving to the dealer tomorrow and having them take care of this cause I have had enough, and they will be paying for the tint that I am sure is now ruined also. Will have to keep you updated on this.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Sounds like you have really been through it with your VW. Some owners are pretty unlucky with them, others are not.

    The glass grinding thing is the window regulator. Happend to me in a Golf loaner I had once. I don't know how they fixed it, of course, as I didn't care because it wasn't my car.

    Best of luck with getting the car running right, and keep us updated.
  • 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: 18,387
    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: 18,387
    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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