1999 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4 cylinder gasoline from North America


Not worth the money


Replaced the trunk release switch shortly after I bought it.

Window handle broke off.

Back seat cup holder broke the first time of using it.

Floor mat snaps broke within the first month.

24 hours after the two year warranty expired with only 21,000 miles on it, the check engine light came on -- replaced the MAF sensor, trunk light switch, and coolant temperature sensor.

It squeaks when I drive over even the littlest bumps.

There is some kind of black goo seeping out of the door hinges.

General Comments:

When I first bought this car I loved it, now I don't feel confident in it anymore.

When I owned my Honda I had things go wrong with it, but they were normal wear and tear things. I always felt secure that the car would never leave me stranded.

I don't feel the same about my V.W. anymore. I feel like I'm driving a really old unreliable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th September, 2001

2nd Nov 2001, 13:47

Buy a Hyundai, you will be happy, Volkswagens are too expensive to maintain.

1999 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 2.0 from North America


A nice, but high maintenance vehicle


The right front window engine went out (but was covered by the warranty).

The left front speaker continually goes out at random, & comes on 30 seconds to a minute later (no amount of pounding helps).

The fuel nozzle door rubber stop fell off & had to be replaced.

The stereo screeches on the AM tuner at random times, & will not go away for minutes at a time.

The stereo volume control is also gone. Turning it counter-clockwise will actually jack the volume upward & surprise an unwary driver with blaring noise. You need to turn it 3-4 times before the volume actually goes down.

The right front wheel bearing has gone bad at around 30K miles.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable, & fun to drive with a tight turning radius for snug corners & easy parking.

But, at 30k miles, a wheel bearing should not have gone out. Regular use vehicles should be able to handle thousands more miles than 30k before problems arise.

The 40k service cost around $550.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th September, 2001

2nd Nov 2001, 11:23

I can't believe this, I read the survey and it's as if I wrote it myself about MY CAR!!! I have a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition and I bought it BRAND SPANKING NEW!

I have the same problem with the window, but it happened to the driver's side window.

Same problem with the volume knob on the radio and the left front speaker.

The fuel nozzle door rubber stop fell off too, but instead of replacing it I shoved a piece of wood covered in electrical tape in there.

I have put well over $2,000 into the car and still counting. As a matter of fact my car is in the shop as I write this.

My check engine light comes on all the time and now they?re telling me I need a new throttle body. Volkswagen are horrible and I will never buy from them again.

1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS from North America


Expensive and unreliable


It started consuming oil at 28,000 miles. The dealer had me bring the car in every 1,000 miles for an ‘oil consumption survey’. After 5 visits they determined that the car was indeed consuming too much oil and ordered an engine. It took a month for the engine to come in, then it took 5 days to install. When I got the car back it sounded worse then when I took it in. The service manager told me over the phone that the new engine need to ‘break in’.

I brought it back after 1,000 miles. The car was stalling and idling rough. They determined that only 3 cylinders were firing and they replaced the ignition wires. It cost me $200.00 because the dealer felt it was unrelated to the engine replacement and the car was no longer under the general warranty.

At 39,000 miles (only 5,000 miles on the new engine) the car would not start. This time they replaced the idle sensor. That cost me $150.00, it took 5 days to fix and the car still idles rough. I found out that BMW used the same idle sensor and they recalled it for the problem that I was having.

After I got the car home I found engine parts in my trunk. I had them bring the car back the next day so they could finish putting all the covers back on. Apparently, a mechanic quit while working on my car and no one checked to see it was done before they returned it to me.

At 40,000 plastic started dripping out from every door, the speakers in the doors starting cutting out and the door locks only worked intermittently. Since the car is no longer under the general warranty, I have to pay to have them clean the melted ‘rust protectant’ from the electrical parts in the doors. The dealer scheduled me to come in a month from the day that I called because they are too busy to service it sooner. I was hoping to get rid of this car before then, but I can’t sell it with yellow plastic goo dripping all over.

General Comments:

Quality is poor.

Consumes too much gas and too much oil.

The most unreliable car I ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th August, 2001

7th Oct 2002, 15:54

I believe that the yellow stuff leaking from the bottom of the door is not plastic, it is grease. Mine did the same thing,