2000 Volkswagen Bora GL 2.0 from North America


Not all Jettas are a lemon, just some are unlucky


Climate control light burnt out, but easy to fix.

Left headlight burnt out, easily fixed.

Air bag light on.

Hazard switch for blinkers was faulty, but was covered under a recall.

Drivers side lock has had a burp once, but continues to work fine.

General Comments:

So far for my car having 72,000 miles, I have no problems what so ever, other than average wear and tear. More satisfied people like me need to speak out because all the negative reviews are listed and it scares people into not buying them or automatically assuming their car is a piece of junk. Believe me, after reading the reviews it had made me nervous. My engine has mass power, it doesn't hesitate when you hit the gas, the doors sound secure when you shut them, gas mileage is great, seats are comfortable, drives smooth, well lit, steers and handles well. I can honestly say, I have had no problems with oil consumption, interior breaking, brake pads wearing out, electrical problems... nothing!! I would highly recommend buying a Jetta.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2005

7th Oct 2005, 12:55

No problems?

What do you call the air bag light?

The repair shop will call that a $2000 fix... for a car with 'NO' problems.

2000 Volkswagen Bora SE Tdi from UK and Ireland


Reliability flaws long distance cruiser


Turbo charger fails after the car has been driven 1.5 Hours. After switching the ignition off and back on it restarts. No dealer has been able to cure this problem. They clear the fault code, but can't cure the problem.

Electric windows failed to open twice.

Boot lock failed 3 times.

Switchgear gets sucked out of sockets when car is vacuumed.

General Comments:

The car is a refined, economical and comfortable long distance cruiser.

Good equipment levels and generally good materials used in the cabin, although the door capping trim is very hard and uncomfortable.

Seats are very comfortable.

The rear passenger legroom is terrible. Front can be cramped when seats moved forward to allow space for rear passengers.

Boot space is good.

Paint scratches very easily.

Alloy wheels are protected from scuffing by sidewall of tyre, a very good feature.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st August, 2004

27th Dec 2005, 15:47

Are you sure that this problem is not caused by the air flow meter?

2000 Volkswagen Bora GLS 2.0 AEG 8v petrol from Chile


Good with a great look, but has some issues


Clogged dust/pollen filter, replaced at dealer.

Strange noises coming from the AC fan, caused by incorrect mounting of the pollen filter, corrected by dealer at no cost.

Driver's window fell off into the door; the dealer told us that it was caused by a theft attempt.. but it is a common problem on these cars. Expensive repair, though.

Drivers rear view mirror ripped apart on a dumb parking accident. VERY expensive repair, fortunately covered by the insurance.

The turning signal sometimes doesn't blink, just stay lit; still to be fixed. I think is the relay module integrated to the hazard switch.

Unknown noises from inside the dashboard.

General Comments:

Despite some problems, it's a good, if not a great, car. It accelerates very quickly and corners like a dream.

The gear shifts feels very precise and the clutch is easy to modulate.

The braking power is very good, and the ABS system is really worthy.

The car feels very solid an well built, although its quite low, scratching the bottom is a very common thing when passing over speed bumps.

Having own a Vento earlier (Vento = Third generation Jetta), this car has greater mileage, maybe improved aerodynamics?.

Overall ergonomics of the cockpit is great, but the seats are quite uncomfortable for long trips: the lumbar support is a little exaggerated.

It has some quality issues, a little bit disapointing for a car tagged with such a high prize.

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

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

10th Apr 2005, 02:58

My Bora has just clicked over 41,000 km (purchased new almost 3 years ago). When it goes well it is a dream car for me (inner city resident with occasional country drives of 500km+), but alas I also have had window problems with 4 returns to the dealer over this time. Twice the front windows fell in, once on the front driver's side and the second on the passenger side. When I described the problem over the phone the dealer recognized it immediately. I was not the first he had seen. The other 2 returns to the dealer have been a result of break-in attempts resulting in the passenger side front and back windows pushed partially down and rendered inoperable. It seems the car thieves know about the window problem also! Each time the repairs were prompt and the dealer service people very helpful, but its still a major inconvenience. Please VW you have a nice car, fix this problem with the next model, and I'd happily buy another, but not until then ...