1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America


The Jetta needs to be discontinued


Had the car one week before it died at a red light. I took it back to the dealer and it was fixed under warranty.

The sunroof fell off the tracks and would not operate correctly.

My alarm would go off continuously.

My front passenger window fell of the track when a bracket broke.

The catalytic converter had to be replaced.

The stereo quit working.

The air conditioning went out. It was replaced with a cost of nine hundred dollars.

The glove compartment door broke. The glove compartment light doesn't work.

The console lid broke off. cup holders broke about one year after buying the car.

The oil dip stick tube broke for no reason.

The trunk light quit working.

The sunroof goes up and down when I am driving.

The doors do not lock properly.

The engine light will come on for no reason.

General Comments:

I like how the car handles curves.

When it is running good I like how it drives.

I would never recommend this car to anyone. You never know from day to day what will happen.

If you own a Jetta you should have plenty of money set aside at all times for repairs.

I spent thirteen hundred dollars on an extended warranty, that I never got to use because the company went bankrupt.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2005

1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS from North America


Purchasing this Jetta was the most unfortunate mistake I've ever made


My mom -- who works three jobs on a CNA's salary -- bought me this Jetta as a college graduation present. She'll be paying over $300 a month until 2008 and until that last check is sent, I'll feel like we've been taken advantage of month by month. Here's the catalog:

Occasionally does not start. When I turn the key, there is a click and a very soft buzz under the hood. Jumping the battery sometimes gets the car to start, but repeated tests have shown there is no problem with the battery or the alternator.

Coil was badly burned.

Sunroof does not close all the way.

Left side of windshield leaks and drips onto dimmer switch.

When the car wouldn't start one night, I left it parked on a Chicago side street. When I picked the car up the next day, I rolled down the front driver's side window and heard a loud, grinding sound throughout the entire door. Of course, the window then stuck in the door and, as an added bonus, the skies opened up.

Cup holder sticks.

Fuel pump relay replaced.

AM radio is useless, as the alternator sends a very, very loud buzz through that gets louder as you press the gas pedal.

Program 6 button on the radio sticks.

Glove box hinges are broken in half.

Cabin cigarette lighters do not work.

Lights for the gas door switch and trunk switch do not illuminate.

Brake dust is unbelievable.

General Comments:

I can't believe how difficult Volkswagen makes it to service your own car. If you've decided to make one of the biggest financial mistakes of your life and purchase a Volkswagen, you'd better buy an Allen wrench to go along with it. The entire engine us shelled in plastic. In order to get to the engine, you need to disconnect all of the spark plug wires and then remove the screwed-down plastic cover.

I wish I never would have shaken that salesman's hand on the sale of this car. With all of the negative equity built up, I'll have it for another three years. As a master's student, the last thing I need is another mechanic's bills. I should have done more research before purchasing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd April, 2005

24th Apr 2005, 10:37

Change the starter/starter relay/starter selenoid. Make sure all connections are tight and have no rust.

1st Sep 2006, 22:14

I think I would dump the Jetta quickly. I wanted a Jetta until I went online and learned the truth about them. So, I bought a 1994 BMW 318i instead and I have been thrilled with it for over two trouble-free years and 40,000 miles. I also only paid $5,000 for it. I feel like I really dodged a bullet by not being suckered into the VW pit.