2000 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0

Summary:

Solid road car, good gas mileage, fun to drive

Faults:

Old car, but a solid performer. Needs control arm bushing, and strut tower bearings and bushings. Otherwise, quiet, dependable, and solid.

General Comments:

Like the height adjustable seats and solid road feel on the highway. Cruises easily at 80, even though it is only a 115 HP engine.

The trunk has a ton of room, along with pockets on the sides to stash things, so they don't roll around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2012

2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9 turbo diesel

Summary:

It's been good to me as we grow old together

Faults:

Front wheel bearings replaced in 2009, not too surprising with the mileage. Had to replace the wheel bearings again. Both sides. I think the wheel bearings are not made to previous standards.

Engine has been running good, and I faithfully change every 10,000 Km with synthetic, however I recently noticed that low growl of the turbo is missing when I put the foot down at 80 to 90 kmph. I have never experienced turbo problems, and don't know where to start. I'm hoping for 500,000, and I'm heading for Florida next week. Have I got time to solve this?

General Comments:

At 63 miles per imperial gallon /4.54 litres, I'm okay with my Jetta.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th February, 2011

26th Feb 2011, 03:55

Front bearings are pressed in. One mechanic that deals with imports informed me that they only get 50K mile out of bearings after they reinstall new ones. I pressed my own in, and had over 100K miles and they are still working. It all depends on how they are pressed in. They are easily damaged if not done properly.

Agree that the TDI is about the best thing VAG did, but the electronics are a reliability problem, and expensive.

If you have the original turbo, it's very likely that you need to replace it with either a new or refurbished unit. Even with VAG spec oil (synthetic), the bearings wear. And if you wait too long, you might end up with a really large repair bill, if the turbo grenades and damages internal engine bearings and other critical parts. Often the turbo oil line rusts and you might get a small leak. Try to find a turbo online, as from VAG they will charge you your 1st born for a turbo.

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR6

Summary:

A great German car I would buy over and over again

Faults:

Only things wrong were radiator that needed replacement, and a new battery, both of which I was aware of before purchase.

All major repairs done at 200,000km or before including timing belt, water pump, clutch, and all other major repairs, as well as minor fixes and fluid replacements.

General Comments:

The car not only was an amazing drive and a pleasure to look at, it also saved my life.

Comfy interior, classy exterior, great engine, and awesome safety. Was hit head on at about 60km, car took all the hit and saved me; miss her dearly.

Key to this and any VW, is to keep it regularly maintained, and find a small, local repair shop specializing in Euro cars. These guys give the best bang for buck on repairs and service, keeping costs low.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2011

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6

Summary:

Lemon

Faults:

Broken window clips (driver's side window falls down).

Catalytic converter replaced at ~40,000 miles.

Driver's airbag wire in steering wheel "worn out" at 30,000 miles.

Battery drain problem (battery dead if it sits for more than about 3 days - 2 dealers unable to fix).

Manual transmission gets stuck in 5th gear at 200,000 miles.

Engine check light always on (gas system seal failure).

Cup holder broke at about 40,000 miles.

Center console latch broke 40,000 miles.

Heater core replaced about 100,000 miles.

Cam timing chain replaced at 170,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has been a lemon since I bought it. I loved my previous car, but based on my experience with the Jetta, I will recommend some other car than Volkswagen. I will not buy another Volkswagen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th January, 2011

12th Jan 2011, 16:30

With VAG's a lemon is the one that doesn't have problems.