1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX V6 from North America
I might drive this car to the moon, but it'll look like a dune buggy when it gets there
The door latches stick, so frequently the doors will not open (especially the front passenger door). We're tired of pretending my boyfriend's being chivalrous when he has to come around to let me out!
Four window regulators have gone out, one for every year we've owned the car! These cost between $300-450 EACH.
One winter we were trapped in a car with four doors that wouldn't open and had to crawl through one of the three working windows to get out. We are NOT the Dukes of Hazzard, and this piece of crap Jetta is NOT the General Lee.
As a kid, I remember playing "Slug Bug"- now we get a kick out of seeing how many Jettas on the road are missing their door trim. Ours is, of course.
We find plastic parts all the time, things that just randomly fall off: seat back adjustment knobs, parts of seat track, you name it.
The electrical/ alarm system is whacked.
Dash lights have a mind of their own.
I like the way this car handles for the most part, but that is paled by the absolutely inferior body of the car. I still think Jettas are some of the nicer looking cars on the road, but I'm shocked at VW's lack of response to what are obviously COMMON problems with their vehicles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th September, 2005
11th Oct 2005, 20:26
I have had similar experience with my Jetta.. None of the windows work, the plasic falls off all over the place and it just kind of bites. It drives good..
14th Nov 2005, 15:33
I have had similar minor problems with mine, however, all my door still function properly. My windows seem to do whatever they want, but the windows aren't just a Jetta thing. I had a 98 Audi A6 and it did the same thing, my friend has a golf and his does it too, maybe Audi/VW should look into that, I would suggest it. Even with the little quirks that it has, I would never get rid of it. The car drives so nice, tons of power and still gets around 28 MPG, great handling, very comfortable, the speakers are amazing, I love the stick shift, no major problems yet and we're at 145,000 miles. I would definitely buy another one, however I hope I don't have to, I really like this one.