1995 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America
Overrated and Overpriced JUNK
Difficult to Start, especially if sits for more than 2 hours.
Transmission Blew at 93K miles.
Not comfortable to ride in.
Repairs and Parts Very Expensive.
I bought a 95 Jetta Celebration Edition for my Daughter in November 2005 for $2800 from a private owner. This car has been nothing, but problems. It’s difficult starting in the mornings or when it sits for more than 2 hours. I had a complete tune up. Wires, plugs, air and fuel filter cost $250. Still has a problem starting. The Car has 93K miles on it. Just found out the transmission is gone. Repair Price for this is $2622 with a 6 month warranty and $300 more for a 1 year warranty. This is from a national transmission shop. The trans cooler went burning up the transmission. Was told these cars are notorious for transmissions going. Local car shops treat you like a Leper. No one will work on them. Parts are OUTRAGEOUS. Dealer shops are also Outrageous. German engineering, What a JOKE. No Glove Compartment in the Car. To open Gas Door you must put the key in the driver or passenger door and turn it twice to the right. (Just to put gas in). Bought the car based on VW dependability and reputation. They couldn’t give me another VW. Overrated overpriced JUNK. I hope the guy I bought the car from can sleep at night.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th December, 2005
30th Dec 2005, 07:58
Did you research this make/model? Was is check out by a qualified mechanic before you bought it?
It is no big secret in the industry that VW's reputation as slipped to the bottom of the stack in the bast 10-15 years.
IF you bought it just on the reputation of VW, I would have to say their marketing campaign is really working!
30th Dec 2005, 12:01
In all honesty, find a good independent German car repair shop, or better yet, a VW/Audi repair shop and take your car there. Yes, the transmissions for the 1993-1998 VW Jetta/Golf models go out. VW Automatic Transmissions aren't the best.
But with regards to the other concerns, for example, not having a glove box - did you not notice this prior to buying the car?
It seems like some of the items also may be related to either poor upkeep from the previous owner, or just bad luck.
I hope things sort out with your Jetta.
16th Mar 2006, 01:08
I would suggest trying a good salvage yard for transmissions.
They will likely have a good transmission for less than a rebuild.
A common warranty on that is 6 months for the part you purchase.
A set of plugs, wires, filters, etc. will not "fix" a car, it is required maintenance, nothing more; and certainly not a "tune up".
Tune ups don't exist anymore, not since carburetors went out.
To get a tune-up nowadays you would need to send your car to a performance shop capable of re-writing the code in your car's computer.