1998 Volkswagen Jetta VR6 V6 2.8 from South Africa
If you want a high-performance executive express, buy a BMW or Merc
1) 2 sets of HT leads were replaced.
2) Engine cooling fans seized.
3) Dozens of rattles, buzzes and creaks.
4) CV joints conked in.
5) Engine developed a rough, buzzing note (Normal).
7) Bits and pieces fell off inside the car: door handles, door openers, grab-handles etc etc etc.
The Jetta is completely overrated, and is not worth the money VW asks for it. They pitch it against compact BMWs, Mercs & Volvos but it comes nowhere close in terms of build-quality, integrity or economic viability. Fuel consumption on this beast is laughable. I am sure a '69' Vette returns better mpg figures.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th July, 2000
I own a VW Jetta 1997 and I think my VR6 is a very good car. My jetta has 123,000 miles. Never had any problems with the engine, transmission, interior or exterior. It is very fast and comfortable. Change your mechanic.
18 Feb. 2001
I bought a new VW VR6 in December 2000. I tell you my vehicle runs excellently although it has only about 5000 miles. But I do know that my friend has a 92 VW Jetta that has 182,000 miles and that the only things he ever did on the car was tune-up, oil change (synthetic oil only), tires and brakes. He wants to get 400,000 miles out of it and return it back to the dealer for a new one.
His car doesn't even have any oil leaks unlike other cars with this kind of mileage. I do suggest to take your car to a more reliable mechanic. Even his father has a Jetta (I think it's an '86 version) with 384,570 miles and no engine problems. I personally recommend VW's to anyone I know because it's very precise car.