I've been driving VW's for about for about 6 years now and have grown to love them. I've owned a Golf, 3 Jettas (GLI model) and one GTI. These were all products of the early 1990's. They ran well, but on top of that they were EASY to work on. My only dream was to be able to buy a new one... Well I wish I would've found this site before I had!
Sure, at first, the Jetta convinces you with its sleek, sporty appearance and the growl of the VR6..once you take that bait, you're headed for a life of replacing parts and renting loaners.
I haven't calculated all the money I've spent because I really don't wanna know. I could've been driving a bimmer by now though I'm sure. OK so first to go was my front cup holders.. just a little piece of plastic so I ordered it new from dealer. Ended up costing a whopping $246! So the fun begins: Rear cup holder; Sunroof jammed; countless numbers of recalls; rear drivers side window fell into the door; sometimes when I try to get my window down, it goes up instead; coolant system always making a gurgling sound; brake light sensor (EPC light) ; Problems with car stereo. Here's a perfect example of why to never get a VW... MY VW shop called me at 4 o'clock on Friday to tell me that my brake light sensor switch was installed. However, the brake lights being on while waiting to get into the shop, drained my battery and it was supposedly *un-rechargeable* and that they were all leaving for the day right then. Right now at this very moment, I have to drive to my dealer, locate my car, THEN I have to change my own battery in their parking lot. Is it too much too ask to have my car fixed?! Thanks for fixing my sensor so the brake lights don't stay on. That helps a lot without a battery..
If you can afford it I strongly recommend going to BMW. They are expensive to buy, but the way they hold up is amazing. The ultimate driving machine by far.
My girlfriend reminded me of a few other problems that we had so here goes... the horn works when it wants to only, back drivers side door lock broke, passengers heat seat is broken and the 200 dollar shop charge to diagnose that; when I had that $250 cup holder replaced, the tech working ended up breaking the buttons off of my radio and cracked the whole front of the radio and to repair it-- they hot glued the buttons on!! And never offered to replace it! Trunk light has never worked for more than a couple days after replacing bulb even after having the shop check it at least 4 times while in for other service... All of this has happened to the car is the past two years! Do yourself a favor and stay away from VW!