1999 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 from North America
VW lost a lifelong customer with this one
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