2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America


It is a great car especially for me only being 17, I would consider buying another Volkswagen


Oil pan cracked for an unknown reason and leaked all of the oil out. Oil light did not come on until all of the oil was drained out while I was driving.

I had the oil pan replaced and service done. I got the oil pan that is made out of steel instead of aluminum which is stupid for them to make it aluminum.

I live an hour away from the nearest dealer and as I was halfway home my oil light came on and off about every 5-10 seconds. I called and they said it must have been a sensor. I went home and planned on taking it in the next weekend and it turns out my car needed new main bearings and a new oil pump.

Transmission shifts rough sometimes.

I recently had to get a new brake light switch.

Velour seats collect lint and hair.

Floor mat clips broke and mats go everywhere.

Automatic window roll down works when it wants to.

Door goop pours out in the heat.

The first day I got my car my mom parked it and the front bumper got caught on the curb when we were backing out and ripped off the bumper a little bit.

Interior finish peels.

General Comments:

Other than that the car is reliable on most part.

It drives pretty smooth and handles good.

The dealership I go to is great, they are nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th August, 2005

3rd Oct 2005, 06:24

It seems like the problems you are having are due to the age of the car. cup holders, floor clips. Is anything major wrong with this car?

15th Oct 2005, 21:40

I have the exact same issues... oil pan cracked, window switch, brake switch, cup holders broken, floor mats clip broken, etc. Its not due to age, but rather poor quality and design. These are common issues with the Jetta's. Some are minor (floor mats) and some are severe (oil pan). Many people have lost their motors due to oil starvation. Stay on top of these things and you'll be okay. Car drives and handles well.

11th Feb 2006, 12:37

I am having some of the same problems with my 1999 1/2 Jetta. I believe some of the poor quality is due to VW moving their manufacturing plant to Mexico in the late 1990's, but it may not have anything to do with it.

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 from North America


It's a blast to drive (especially in the mountains)!


Mass Air Flow Sensor failed - repaired under warranty even though car was over 2 years old. Later VW extended warranty to cover for longer term.

Passenger side window support broke. Repaired under warranty even though car was over 2 years - VW later extended warranty to cover for longer term.

Rustproofing goo comes out of doors - think mine got a double dipping. Cleans easy with bug and tar remover, only happens in the summer.

As others have said, grinding happens going from 1st to 2nd. But I've had that happen in other cars. The syncros aren't just right sometimes. I'd rather live with it rather than have someone crack open the tranny. I've found it happens worst when you're high revin' in 1st and slam into 2nd. Give pause for a second and it won't happen.

The driver's seat is breaking down, but I think that's more to do with my size. I'm a pretty big guy.

Trunk latch broke. Replaced myself.

Doors won't stay aligned. Next time I have it in the shop to fix a schlew of recalls I'm going to ask them to teach me how to align them so I can do it from now on.

Passenger lock has messed up for the 2nd time since I've owned the car. Makes for the door not opening from the out side.

Keyfob broke in half when turning on car. VW replaced free under warranty.

General Comments:

I love this car. It is the first new car I ever bought (my very first was a VW Rabbit Diesel!). It is fast, corners well, and just generally pleasant to drive.

I seem to have had fewer problems that others on here. None of the problems would ever make me not want another VW. However, I've seen the current Jettas and I think they look too much like Hondas. I respect Honda and all. But they're a bit too much "plain Jane" for my tastes.

I do every bit of routine maintenance on the car that I have the tools to do. Oil changes are a snap (I wish all cars were this easy). The filter element is kind of expensive though. The front rotors have become warped over the years, and at 5 years old, its time to change them. I think it has more to do with me over tightening the bolts (one broke off one time - got lucky and was able to back it out before it broke in half).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2005

20th Sep 2005, 00:38

I agree with you on the comment about "Honda..plain Jane" Own a '87 love the style all the way up to '99. Whats up with the '99 1/2? I think Losing the boxiness of the Jetta, Volkwagen lost style, too! I've test drove and researched thousands of Jettas, wish they kept the overall signature style... Oh darn! : (