2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8 turbo


Don't get me wrong; I really do love my Jetta


A week after I got my Jetta, its #2 coil burnt out. You'll know if a coil blew when your car starts to skip and jerk while driving. I replaced this with my own money. It was only 60$. You can do it yourself, its simple. Two days later #4 and #3 coil also blew out. My dad got the dealership to replace these for free. About the same time #4 and #3 blew out, the dipstick "holder", if you will, broke. These get extremely brittle and become about the same as that of an eggshell. The dealer also replaced the holder.

Now, two weeks later, my car is over heating every other day. It has plenty of engine coolant in it. So I do not know what the deal is. I am an idiot and put coolant in what I thought was the radiator. Come to find out it was the power steering fluid. VWs take special steering fluid and they cost about 20-25$ a bottle. You need about 4 bottles to drain the coolant IF you ever do something as dumb as I did.

The car its self did not come with an owners Manuel and I have tried to find a "down loadable" one off google, but I have failed. I just need to find out what spark plugs go to what. We believe the fans are not working now and that is hopefully my problem.

Where can I go to find a owner's manual offline, that I don't have to order/buy?

General Comments:

This car is really quick and drives smooth. The radio still has not given me any problems like it has given other people. Nor the window, brake lights, engine light, passenger air bag, etc.

However I have had more problems with this car in the past month than I have had with any other cars in the past 3 years. Luckily for me, it was only little inexpensive things.

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

Review Date: 1st December, 2007

11th Apr 2008, 15:17

I have a 2002 Jetta manual from my old 1.8T 2002 Jetta that I had... shoot me an email if you want it...lascivio_ferreus@yahoo.com.

2002 Volkswagen Jetta


Because of this car, I will never ever buy another VW again


About a year after I bought the car, the check engine light came on.

At the same time, my EPC light came on, and my car wouldn't come out of park. I had to get it towed to the dealership. It was a good thing it was still under warranty.

About 3 months ago, my speedometer stopped working, so now I can't tell how fast I'm going.

My cruise control doesn't work.

My check engine light keeps going on and off.

As of yesterday, my EPC light is back on.

General Comments:

Ever since I have bought this car, I have had nothing but problems with it.

I'm honestly tired of taking it to the dealership, when I know I'm taking care of it.

All of the things that are happening with my car are hazardous, and I do NOT feel safe driving this car at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th November, 2007

2002 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T 1.8T


I worry about the cost of fixing it and reliability of it quitting. Will probably trade it in soon


Just bought a 2002 Jetta T1.8 at 65,000 miles and I think the electrical may be going out. The clock doesn't work on the Jetta, sometimes the CD player won't work and the driver mirror does what it wants, including making weird sounds. The care will stall when stopped in traffic, but other than that it is fun to drive and zippy. For the price, it's OK, but I've owned a Volkswagen (Golf) in the past and the dealership in town told me I had computer problems when the oil light wouldn't go off. I was told it would cost me $1500 dollars at the time, so I couldn't afford it and kept driving it that way. Every time I took it to the dealership to have them check something, a couple weeks later something else would go wrong, like the window not working, or the door handle. I was in college and could afford continued costs. One night I gave some drunks a ride home from the bar and somebody asked about the oil light/buzzer. I told them the story and they told me of an honest mechanic that could fix it. All this man did was crawl under the car and reset a button and the light went away. I went to the Volkswagen dealership and yelled at the manager in front of everybody that he should be ashamed of trying to tell me it was a computer problem. I told the story too many people and found they too would have problems with their vehicles a couple weeks after taking it in. I changed mechanics and the car quit having problems. I find that the big dealerships rip people off to pay for the overhead and the little shop guy works best :)

General Comments:

I'm hoping that my Jetta isn't having real problems that will cost a ton to fix, but I will take it to somebody trust-worthy, not the dealership to find out. I'm told by a friend of mine who owns a Honda dealership that Jettas are known for electrical problems. I will get rid of it before I pay serious money.

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

Review Date: 14th November, 2007