1992 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.6 turbo diesel from North America
Fuel efficient, unreliable money pit
Replaced shocks/struts all around.
Replaced tie rod ends.
Replaced glow plugs.
Replaced both front wheel bearings.
Replaced head gasket.
Replaced heater core.
Rebuilt starter (twice) and alternator.
Repaired outside door handles.
Electrical problems. Some of the wires under the dash melted and almost burned the car down. I am dealing with my insurance company now. The car is not drivable and will require hours and hours of work to repair and test the entire electrical system.
This is only what I can think of right now... only a partial list.
This car has been a nightmare for me. I have spent more on repairs than I paid for the car. Parts and labor are expensive. I don't know if I just got a lemon, but I am turned off VW for good.
I have not abused this car. I drive a lot of miles, but maintain it regularly. It's just one thing after another.
The only good comment I have for this car is the amazing fuel mileage that the diesel gets.
Next car will be Honda or Toyota.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th March, 2003
27th Jun 2004, 07:17
My diesel has poor acceleration and it runs HOT, well over the half-way point on the temperature gauge. I don't know if this is to be expected. If anyone has suggestions/comments, please respond.
6th Mar 2010, 12:13
The diesel was a 1.9, and if your VW is running hotter than normal, you might have a blockage in the cooling system, or you might simply have a hotter (winter thermostat). Most VW's run right in the middle at full temp, but you really are not running "hot" until it is in the red. Try flushing the cooling system and then installing new coolant (old coolant is far less effective at taking away heat as well, especially if it is very old and dirty, this can also leave deposits in your cooling system that make it harder to control the heat as well). You also may just have the wrong mixture if the coolant is still clean or recently changed.
Just my 2 cents...
1st Jan 2013, 23:39
I agree. Run a garden hose through the system to unclog it. Run an air compressor to the opposite direction of the heater core hoses going into your firewall. New thermostat, coolant and you should be good.
If that doesn't work, you need to fit a larger radiator to the vehicle.