1995 Volkswagen Jetta GL III V4 Manual from North America
A horribly engineered car
Power locks failed.
Radio failed, replaced with 3rd party.
Windshield wiper switch failed.
Timing belt broke at 50,000.
Power-steering pump failed at 55,000.
Steering column bearing failed.
Ventilation blower failed.
AC expansion nozzle leak.
AC condenser leak.
Sunroof guides broke.
Trunk pneumatic arms jammed.
Front wheel bearings failed.
Muffler failed at 55,000.
Four O2 sensors failed. Tracked problem to burning oil at rate of 1 quart per 3,000 miles. Car needed ring and piston job at 65,000, with piston chambers scratched on walls.
Electrical arching in engine required all wires and coils to be replaced in engine at 35,000 miles.
Three interior reading lights shattered due to overheating.
Clutch replaced at 82,000 miles due to slippage. Car still slips and is in the shop as I write, with Volkswagon trying to figure out why RPM peg upon acceleration.
This car has been an absolute lemon. I would never purchase another Volkswagen. Timing belts shouldn't break at 50,000 miles. Pistons shouldn't need to be re-bored at 65,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 31st July, 2003
10th Jun 2005, 14:00
I agree. I own a VW Jetta in the two year I have had it.
These repairs have been made. Must replace headlights/ taillights - no specific order - but all have been replaced at least 5 times in two years (no kidding) they last about 6 months. Replaced mass flow air sensor - bad throttle body - needs replacing, but just fixed up for the time being - has gone through 2 batteries - now - in the shop for power steering pump replacement.
I would not take a free VW Jetta at this point. It would still be overpriced!