1999 Volkswagen Jetta from North America
This car caused me financial ruin in 16 months of ownership
Here's a small sample of what went wrong with the car:
Check engine light never went off, no matter what the mechanics did. (at least 200.00)
Oil distributor cap broke, oil leaked, and oil burned excessively. (1,500.00+)
Power steering gage and components exploded while at Blockbuster. (400.00)
Transmission nearly bottomed out three times this summer. (1,000.00)
O2 sensor replaced twice (VW paid for this one with a recall)
Turn signals, headlights, and other essential lights do not function properly, short out, and have caused me to get pulled over by the police.
Locks and windows go on and off, up and down, all on their own. Sometimes, in the dead of winter, my windows would open on their own, stay open, and not go up no matter what I tried. I had to bring the car in to fix this (200.00).
The car leaks when you drive in the rain, especially on the highway.
The car will leak out all essential fluids. I had to manually add water to the engine once a week.
Interior holds dirt and lint excessively (also animal hair).
Cup holder broke, too expensive to fix.
Outlet for cigarette lighter/cell phone jack broken.
Lights stay on in visors, causing the ceiling to burn and smolder.
Plastic parts all over the dash (including the vents) broken, too expensive to fix.
Stay away from this car! This car has nearly put me to financial ruin. I have spent over 3,000 dollars in repairs on this car in my first 16 months of ownership. I walked myself back to Toyota, took a severe loss on this car (I had 5,000 of negative equity put toward my new car loan), and left with my tail between my legs because I should never have left Toyota in the first place. I have a new Corolla now, and despite the fact that I will pay on this loan forever, I am not going to have my car in the shop every week, nor my credit cards burning up with repair charges. I've been left stranded in public on at least 5 occasions, have had to call in sick to work on at least 6 occasions, and have spent over 600.00 on rental cars to get me through the repairs I stated above. Please, if you have any sense of how much this purchase could hurt you financially, stay away from this vehicle and tell your friends to do the same.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th March, 2005