1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR6 from North America
My third and last Volkswagen. Unreliable
My driver's side window fell into the door.
My Mass Air Flow Sensor went bad.
My radio cannot pick up many AM stations.
My Goodyear tires were making strange noises.
My battery died after 2.5 years.
My alternator died.
Springs fell off both front seats.
Trunk light works infrequently.
When using the remote key to lock the doors, the driver's side door and rear door do not always lock.
Windows and sunroof no longer open/close by the driver's side door key.
The Volks Wagen badges on the stud covers for the mag wheels continually fly out.
The car handles well and has good acceleration.
Volkswagen has refunded money to me for the widow repair and the Mass Airflow Sensor replacement.
Volkswagen replaced the tires, free of charge and repaired the driver seat bottom as well. It is still very uncomfortable.
I spend a lot of money on repairs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th November, 2004
29th Jun 2007, 20:16
Ooh... Sure, that's why there are so many complaints about Brazilian VWs, like their own designs -Pointer, Gol, Parati- and Brazilian Golfs... Some models of Jetta have problems because VW has problems, their 1.8T, for example, is quite tricky and not the most reliable engine, but that applies also to their 1.8T Passat and to Audi TT 1.8T, for that matter.
Some of the best VWs are Made in Mexico, for example the Type I Beetle, the Quantum, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd generation Jettas and many of the 4th generation ones, the ones with 2.0 liters are quite better.
Mexico, by law, forbid the importation of vehicles in the 60's, so it developed a very good tradition and quality in their assembly plants. No wonder why, many Mercedes E420, C280 where Made in Mexico and many Mercedes engines for trucks are still made in Mexico.
For VW fans, there is a fact to understand: VW is passing through a bad moment reliability wise.
"German built Vws..." That makes me remember the G compressor in the Corrado, Passat and Polo, what a disaster that was.