Numerous mysterious "sensor issues" that probably cost me about $3,000 in total -- mass airflow sensor (twice), transmission speed control sensor. Took 3 tries to fix that last one. Turns out the 99 1/2 Jetta has a 3rd transmission speed control sensor under the motor mounts, but of course VW techs and their manuals know nothing about this.
Windshield wiper motor/linkage twice.
Constantly changing light bulbs.
Front fairings under the grill both lost on the highway due to inadequate bolts.
Pretty much everything in the interior broke very shortly after I bought it -- cup holders, glove compartment door snapped right off its hinges.
I've owned 2 Rabbit GTIs and a Quantum Syncro wagon over the years, and I loved those cars. The Rabbits were cheap, reliable and easy to fix, while the Syncro had the reliability of the mid-80s Audi Quattro's and the wonderful worry free 2.3 inline 5.
I will now never buy another VW after the constant nightmares I had with this car's quality and reliability. I cannot count the times I was stuck on the side of the road due to another mysterious sensor problem. And the service at the local VW dealer was abysmal, to say the least. Repairs that I knew for a fact to be no more than $200 would run me 3 to 4 times that. I finally confronted the service manager after getting 3 estimates from local repair shops for the same repairs, and I even wrote a letter to VW of America -- they could have cared less. Never again. Too bad, they could have had a customer for life.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th August, 2009
1999 Volkswagen Jetta from North America
It is cute, fun, and sporty! I loved it... until my clutch went out!
I got my 1999 VW Jetta Wolfsburg edition in Feb. 2008. We bought it off some guy who just needed a little money and didn't need the car. I drove it everywhere, always going and never had any bad problems. It did have radio problem, but it was my first car and I really didn't care about that.
One day in Dec. of last year I was just driving like usual and my clutch went out. It just snapped back to the floor. I didn't even have any warning signs, it just went out. We took it to the VW dealer and he had no idea how to find a manual or diagram for it. It has been to 3 different shops and no one knows what to do with it. It has now been sitting in my boyfriend's uncle's garage since Feb. of '09 because he doesn't know what to do with it.
Has anyone ever had this go wrong or know where I can get a real manual/diagram for my car?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th July, 2009
10th Jul 2009, 15:03
Are you kidding? A VW dealer doesn't know what to do with it?? The answer is simple... find another dealer, or a VW specialist.
5th Dec 2009, 01:04
I don't know if it's too late, but I have the same car, and the same thing happened where the clutch just stayed on the floor instead of springing back. Not to worry, your clutch is good, it's just that a small clip that holds the clutch cable became worn out and fell off. This clip is the very last part holding your clutch cable together, just after the rectangular rubber bushing at the very last part of the cable inside the engine compartment.
1999 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 from North America
I love my car, but it is just like raising a child
Alternator went out.
Windshield wiper motor.
Cup holder (both backseat and front seat).
Backseat driver's side lock doesn't work.
CD player shuts off.
I love this car. I think it is an absolute gem.
The only things that have gone are basic maintenance in my opinion.
I traveled 7 hours in my car, with two big dogs, and was not uncomfortable.
Air circulation is okay.
It's easy to maneuver.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th June, 2009
Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 177 reviews