I have had ongoing problems with this vehicle since I bought it, but most recently (in the last 2 months) problem areas are increasing, and repair costs are astronomical.
3 months after purchase (private sale):
The alternator stopped working - $500 repair + tow.
Right side window regulator broke, window slipped into frame.
Within 6 months of ownership:
Driver's side and left side window regulators blew, windows both slipped into frame - still haven't repaired.
8 months after purchase:
Rear spoiler snapped off.
Trunk would not open from key entry; would have to enter the car and press the button in the console.
1 year of ownership:
A) The car was suffering inconsistent shuddering. Rattling noise coming from the front of the car. The car would also stop mid 2nd gear, and then be fine.
- Distributor replaced, water pump, front end ball joints replaced. $700 repair + tow.
B) 3 weeks later, the car completely broke down. 20 seconds before stopping, it would shudder and jerk around.
- Towed it to a VW dealership. They did a diagnosis run, replaced the ignition coil, spark plugs and various other small electrical items. $1100 + tow.
C) 1 day later, the car broke down again. Symptoms of previous breakdowns this time gave me 10kms notice before coming to a complete stop.
- Had it towed to the dealership again. They ran a diagnosis again, found the distributor to be faulty (which was under warranty). $286 just for diagnosis + tow.
D) Replaced the distributor at the previous mechanic. 2 hours after picking up the car, it broke down again and would not start at all. Low humming noise coming from the engine when trying to start, fuel was being pumped to the engine. Figured it must be electrical.
Car is now sitting stagnant outside my house. Will end up selling it for parts probably. Never ever again will I buy a Jetta, I have had WAY too much hassle with this vehicle.
VW Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 1999.
Great car off the get go, but has since failed to deliver on reliability and affordability. Would drive great, and I loved the look inside and out.
Just too many hassles, repairs and costs have gone into it; just hasn't been worth it at all.
If I had known all this stuff before, I would have spent an extra $1000 to get that VW Golf I wanted.