2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 liter


Was fine the first couple of years, but in the 5th year, I am done with it


November 7, 2007

I too have had water leaking in the front driver's side footwell. I live in suburban Philadelphia and we experienced monsoon-like rains a couple of weeks ago. The water got so bad I put a bath towel on top of the floor mat to absorb the water. A few hours later I had to replace that towel with a new one b/c there was so much water leaking in. The towel was soaked. Needless to say I am completely disenchanted with this car and won't consider buying another Jetta. I am also disheartened to hear that so many others are experiencing this same leakage problem.

The water leak had happened previously about a year ago so I called the dealer and they said the sunroof drain channel could be clogged, so I got a cup of water and poured it in the sunroof well to see if it was draining properly. It was. Then went a long time with no leakage problems. After this recent leaking problem, I did the water test again, poured water in the sunroof channels and it was draining out of that plastic tube between the car body and the front door (when the door is opened you can see it). The water was draining out of the tube so I really have no idea where all the water is coming from. I don't even want to call the dealer b/c I know they'll tell me they have to take apart much of the interior of the car to figure out what's going on - and that will be expensive. This car is 5 years old and has only 47,000 miles on it. NO WAY this should be happening.

If there is a class action lawsuit about this, I would like to join in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th November, 2007

16th Oct 2008, 12:34

I had the same problem with my sunroof "leaking" on my 2002 Jetta GLS 2.0. I got in my car one morning and the front driver side, rear driver side and the front passenger floor areas were sopping wet. I had to use several towels for several days to get it somewhat dry. The VW dealer told me that it was a clogging issue.

2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T


I hate the '02, but I love the '04


I have read many reviews pertaining to the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T, and as anyone who has owned one or been on this site and read, they are not what we all thought they would be.

However if you read further reviews about the 2004+ Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T, people who own this year Volkswagen have little to no problems. So for you 2004+ Volkswagen owners out there, do not pass judgement on those of us who have the 2002 model because there is one BIG difference. When I had my engine replaced for the SECOND time, I was told by a certified Volkswagen mechanic that when Volkswagen manufactured the 2002 1.8T Jetta's they mass produced them and do not follow the needed specifications, and this in return is why the 2002 is a piece of crap engine wise.

The interior does chip, you can't beat the pretty red and blue dash lights!!!

Volkswagen are comfortable, affordable and very nice automobiles, so whoever is consulting in buying a pre-owned/used 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T, please DON'T, you're buying a headache, although if you really like the car inside and out, BUY THE 2004, you won't be disappointed.

I love my '04, but I despise my '02. Hope this will help.

General Comments:

Beautiful car, handles great, love the 17" wheels and dash lights. Very easy to customize, but very expensive to fix, (thank God for warranties).

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

Review Date: 30th October, 2007

28th Jun 2008, 21:18

Almost all car engines are "mass-produced", so I'm not sure what you're trying to say about the '04 engines--that they're hand-built? I assure you they're not!