2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8 turbo from North America
Out of five, this is without a doubt the best car I have ever owned
"Check Engine" light has been on a few times; various oxygen sensors and mass air flow sensor replaced. VW dealer required to accurately read OBC data.
Heated seat element in driver's seat burned through seat cover (and my jeans) while driving! No serious injury, although to have this happen at 75mph was a bit of a scare. VW dealer wisely replaced for free. I don't use them very often anymore.
Numerous plastic trim items in interior have cracked: cup holder, center console lid hinges, one hinge of glove box. Finish on interior plastic like center console, door panel arm rests has worn.
Trunk-mounted CD changer play is erratic during very cold weather.
The car's mechanical systems have been nearly flawless over 113,000 miles and almost 8 years. The clutch, suspension, brakes, exhaust and air conditioning systems are all 100% original. I've had the brakes checked half a dozen times in the past few years and they keep telling me "they're OK". No engine or transmission work has been required. AC still blows cold.
Almost 8 years on, I still love driving this car. It provides a very enjoyable ride and corners well. It accelerates well, but it's not as quick "off the line" as the VR6 model my brother owns.
Monsoon sound system sounds great. A lesser concern than some of these other points, but what the heck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2008