2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.8 turbo diesel


Never again


I had to change the tie rod and rubber bushing, $900.00.

At 220,000 miles, I had change the alternator.

When it was 150,000 miles, had to change the belt and timing belt, the radio am does not work.

I have to change the battery almost every year; the most 1 year and half.

The engine light came on since 90,000 miles. I have charged the sensor 3 times, but does not work, the engine light is still on until now.

Recently the car will not start. I can hear the starter turning, but does not turn the engine on. The Bridgestone / Firestone mechanic stated that it has bad starter and flywheel. Volkswagen dealer stated starter and bad torque converter, very expensive to fix.

I am very disappointed with this car, I will never buy another TDI VW again.

General Comments:

This car is fast, run about 37 miles per gallon of diesel fuel, but noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th March, 2010

31st Mar 2010, 08:49

How long would you like the alternator to last?

The timing belt is a service item and needs to be changed every 100K.

So you have driven a used car 135K, and spent about 3 grand in maintenance, and that is bad?

Look at all the money you have saved on fuel.

31st Mar 2010, 14:42

Some of the normal wear & tear parts wore out and needed to be changed - that does not make it a bad car.

When you find a car with a lifetime warranty, please let us know all about it.

2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cylinder


I still love my cars drivability and ease


Currently my VW Jetta's alarm will not turn on, and the door open light stays on the dash.

Also, when I turn on the exterior lights, the incessant humm continues while driving for several minutes. What the heck do I do?!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th March, 2010

2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8 turbo


Jettas are well made, comfortable, safe cars, but the 2002 model has some MAJOR problems


First off, I know the 2002 Jetta has had many recalls, and I have heard of many similar complaints with it from people over the years. I personally don't hold this against VW or see it as proof that all VWs are bad. I also strongly believe the reason I had so much trouble for so long was because of the DEALERSHIP, period. We bought an extended warranty and they didn't want to have to pay for the huge problems that needed to be fixed.

I got the car used, 2 years old, from a VW dealership. We were told it was a company car so-to-speak, like a loaner but only for employees, so had very little mileage on it.

Within the 1st week I had it, the CD player broke and I lost a CD in it. Had to get that replaced.

The cup holders also crapped out eventually and have to be finessed out, but it's not really a big deal.

VW also did a few recalls on the seats, the seat heaters, and some dials, so had those replaced as well early on.

Over the next few years, I had CONSTANT problems with it BURNING OIL, and the TRANSMISSION. Unfortunately I had no car knowledge at the time, so getting problems diagnosed took a long time (again, I am convinced the dealer didn't want to admit to these problems because it meant $$$ loss for them).

After having my car in their shop time and time again, for check engine lights and other weird symptoms (slow to change gears, and huge jerks when it finally happened), I finally had to tell them, I, someone with zero car knowledge, was smart enough to be able to tell there was something very wrong with the transmission, and demanded that be checked. FINALLY they had their "transmission expert" drive in the car with me, so there was no dispute! Finally, right before the warranty expired, they replaced the transmission (in Feb 2006) and the car drove like a dream ever since. But not before wasted time, and major inconveniences for me being without a car (I was under 25, so could not legally use rentals or loaners!).

Soon after this was fixed though, I had a lot of problems with my battery dying. LONG story short, after several trips (including tows) to the dealer with ZERO answers, we took it to another shop and they immediately discovered that when the dealership replaced the tranny, they failed to connect a wire to the battery and so it wasn't charging correctly. So in other words, we lost $$$ getting a problem "fixed" that the dealership caused! (UGH)

After that, the constant oil problem finally took its toll, and we finally had to get the engine replaced (in Aug 2008) at a trusted independent Volkswagen specialty repair shop (who diagnosed & fixed the deal caused battery problem).

Moral of the story: don't buy a 2002 Jetta, and be cautious of who you buy from! Get a second opinion if you have an on-going/serious problem and are under warranty!

General Comments:

Since then the car has worked just fine, and overall I love the car.

It is a nice, zippy car (exactly what I wanted -- my 1st car was a V8 (Taurus SHO) and I had learned to drive on that, so was spoiled with the speed, but didn't want to pay for the gas of a V8).

It's very comfortable, sturdy (unlike the tin box of a Ford Focus I test drove before settling on a Jetta), I don't fear it being broken into or stolen like with my friend's Hondas/Acuras/Mazdas/Toyotas, and I love all the various features: removable back seats (this is fantastic for cleaning since I have dogs that make a lot of mess), fold down back seats, heated seats, safety features, etc etc.

I love how it drives, love how it feels, love how it looks, and honestly it has held up great in every other aspect except these 2 (major) faulty issues (and the oil/engine prob could have been managed if I were on top of my oil changes, or if I kept a close record could have had proof of faulty engine and gotten it replaced by the company -- I know of someone who did this with their 2002 Jetta).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2010

15th Mar 2010, 01:02

You had your transmission replaced AND you had your engine rebuilt. That sounds like a piece of junk to me, and that doesn't sound like it has anything to do with the dealership. Who cares if the car runs fine after that. You can say that about any car.

7th Jun 2010, 20:05

Brought a 2002 Jetta, and have had major problems and replaced many parts, but the biggest problem is the transmission, which the dealer wants almost $6,000 for. I wish I could throw the thing in the trash.

I do blame Volkswagen. Anyone who bought this car has had many problems, and I believe they knew it and took us for a ride.