1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 from North America
Not worth what you pay for
The side mouldings are held on with cheap glue. So far, two have fallen off and had to be replaced.
The transmission began to shift improperly at about 100,000 miles. This problem was fixed by resetting the computer.
The latest problem is the poor gas mileage of the car. When I first purchased the car, I averaged about 23 miles to the gallon. That number has dropped to about 17. I am told this may be because of faulty sensors, since the car was recently tuned up (new air filter, oil, etc.)
Also, after about 45 minutes of driving, the water temperature begins to rise. Not to the point of overheating, but almost to about 3/4 of the way on the temp. gauge.
This is a good car for occasional driving over short decisions.
But this vehicle lacks the quality and dependability for long, daily commutes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th August, 2006
29th Sep 2006, 23:28
I think that you're right about the O2 sensor. I was getting about 30mpg commuting to work (about 27 miles each way). The O2 sensor went bad, the check engine light came on and my mileage dropped to 20 mpg. I replaced the sensor, and my mpg went back to 30mpg. I like the car, and I'm getting another since my daughter took it to school with her. I let her have it because it has been so reliable.
1st Dec 2006, 12:43
I agree with the previous post. Probably an O2 sensor. I took mine on a road trip around Lake Michigan last summer and the O2 took the big one on the first day. Fuel consumption went from 31 mpg fully loaded to 26 to 24 to a worst economy of 22 mpg at one point. Signs of bad O2 sensors include smelly exhaust (like rotten eggs), and black sooty deposits around the exhaust. I replaced the sensor on a hoist and it fixed the problem imediately. I got 42mpg on a 2 hour trip later that week. As for the overheating problem, I'm clueless. Possibly check the thermostat (or replace) as it may be stuck closed or partially so. Hey. Goodluck.
22nd Aug 2009, 00:36
Over-heating could be a water pump issue or a good flushing of the radiator. However, words of advice you change the water pump do the timing belt at the same time. Believe me, it will save you hassle in the long run if you haven't already changed it.