2000 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0


Great car before 145000 mileage


Timing belt blew out, bent all valves at 160000.

Radiator fans at 160000.

Overheating at 184000 - replaced thermostat fans again, some pipes and hoses. Will check water pump?

Gear wire leading to engine slips out and causes the gears in the cabin to slip out as well.

General Comments:

This is a dependable car, but once it had started overheating everything has left me wondering what it is. It has very expensive parts but I live near Mex so the mechanics are cheaper.

I love the little car, but I am so tired of the bigger problems it has.

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

Review Date: 5th August, 2010

2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9 turbo diesel


I've got my money's worth


Problem with MAF sensor (mass airflow).

Problem with power windows.

Problem with engine immobilizer security system.

General Comments:

My 2000 Jetta TDI has run fine for 305 k miles with few problems, and gets 50 - 55 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2010

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8turbo


Stylish but expensive


Had the car for about 4 months, and now it's at the junk yard.

I owned the car for about 2 weeks, and the transmission started skipping, so I got it fixed.

A week later, the car started to not start up after being driven (over heating), and wouldn't start up until it cooled. Then after about two weeks of doing that, the car would stop running completely while driving.

After that was fixed, the car shut down completely while driving on highway, and I found out the timing belt broke, and that caused the whole engine to go to trash.

Never again am I getting a VW; it was a beautiful first car, and I had it for 4 months, but the maintenance was awful.

General Comments:

I spent more on maintenance on this car than it was worth. Love the car, great and sporty, but it kills the wallet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th July, 2010

18th Jul 2010, 23:11

It really bugs me when something goes wrong with an import, and right away, an "Import Lover" is first to bash the owner for not staying up on maintenance, although this reviewer bought it used. Had this been a domestic car, it would have been the manufacturer's fault, right?

I feel for the reviewer, as they clearly got ripped off. Getting a lemon is never fun. The sad thing is, according to this site and many others, this model year Jetta, as well as many other VW's are something to be avoided, I just wish they would have found this before purchasing. Unfortunately, you never really know what to expect from a used car, import or domestic. The one thing that we do need to keep in mind, is that cars are machines, and they break. At one point or another, new or used, import or domestic, they break. Please don't be the first to blame the owner whom you know nothing about. Thanks.

2000 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0




When I first purchased this VW, I was so happy!!...

Then three months after owning it, my water pump went out... why, because they put in a plastic propeller... it doesn't make sense; why would they would put plastic in a water pump... well after that the car was OK...

Then 8 months later, my ignition went out in my car (so I thought). Purchased a new ignition switch. After taking three months of my special time trying to figure out how to take the switch out... I refuse to take to the dealer... I had full coverage insurance warranty and an extended warranty, and it still cost me $1100.00 to get the water pump changed... but I did do the serpentine belt also...

Once I finally figured out how to take the ignition out, found out it wasn't the ignition switch... it was a bar that was in the back of the ignition, and that ran inside my column to the other side, where the turn signal switch is that broke... so I replaced that part. Car was fine for 6 months...

Then my passenger window decided to come UN-spooled... took the passenger door panel off... and I can't see behind the door after the panel is removed; they put a metal plate in there with rivets... so it's impossible to replace. So I forced very carefully a piece of wood back there to hold my window from falling and put the panel back on. So my passenger window doesn't roll down... then.

Two years later... my car decided to overheat... so I changed the thermostat... The car ran fine and I thought I was in the clear... but as soon as I went to test drive the car, it started over heating. Right now I am clueless as to what it is... the water pump is fine... thermostat fine... the radiator itself was just changed two weeks prior to my car overheating (some little kid decided to throw a brick in front of my car and broke a chunk off my radiator).. kinda glad he ran and I didn't catch him cause I would be in jail and not writing this...

Well I am getting radiator fluid to both lower and upper radiator hoses... my fans are working... WHAT can it be???

Also this will be the last VW I own or ever buy again... I am going to sell it and buy me a FORD!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th May, 2010

25th May 2010, 18:39

Check or have your head gasket checked. Could be cracked or you may have warped the head, if it's an aluminum head and it overheated.