2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLX 2.0 from North America
Great car to drive--but not the most reliable choice
Hinges for glove compartment fell apart.
Hinge on centre console fell apart.
Stereo system won't send any signal to the speaker on the driver's side.
Rear passenger window opens correctly, but then without any intervention it closes it self.
Turn signal indicator switch failed at 93,000 km.
Exterior plastic/rubber components severely faded making the car look very old.
Seat-belt retainer button fell off rear, middle passenger's side belt.
Replaced Mass Air Flow Sensor around 60,000 km.
Water pump or thermostat died 106,000 km.
Leaking engine bay seal around 103,000 km.
I love to drive this car. The interior is finished well. The leather seats have excellent support and feel luxurious.
While the 2.0 only has 115 HP, I rarely notice this because the engine has nice torque and gets up to the 140 kph range without struggling.
This model was built in Mexico. My two biggest complaints are: (1) the plastic parts are cheap and fade or break well before one would expect these types of failures and (2) the engine is not nearly as smooth and quiet as comparable Japanese cars.
It's the lack of attention to details (or engineering trade-offs) that bother me the most. Individually, these items are tolerable, but when they start adding up and appointments are missed because of a broken-down car, one begins to question the overall quality of their vehicle.
At this point, I doubt that I'd buy another Volkswagen. I'll probably keep this one to learn how to tune cars (plus, I do enjoy driving it). However, reliability is the most important factor in my buying decision, which is why I will investigate other brands before making my next purchase.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th August, 2006
26th Sep 2006, 09:58
Hey, I'm now shopping for a used car and I'm in between purchasing a 1998 acura 1.6EL, with 70,000km, or a 2000 VW Jetta, with 90,000 km (both in same price range)...from the reviews on this site I've been real hesitant about the VW, but it seems like a great car. Seeing as how you have owned both, thought maybe you'd be able to help me out here...thanks.