2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9 TDI from North America


The TDI has great mileage, but is not for everyone


The glow plug harness fail at 62000 miles, it was replaced under warranty.

The front window regulators failed around 70000 miles, replaced at no cost by the dealer.

At 82000 miles, received a MIL and the dealer threw parts at it. MIL said that the glow plug circuit was bad. The problem turned out to the MAF (mass air flow) sensor.

General Comments:

The car now has over 91000 miles on it. It drives great, I get great mileage, and it is very comfortable to drive.

I would buy another one. My only complaint is that there is little room in the back seat. The car has made several 10 to 20 hour trips with two people very comfortably.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2003

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America


A low performance rip off


All four windows fell into doors within 2 years with less than 10,000.

Sunroof fell out first month 250 MI.

Complete AC failure @ 40,000.

Burned 1 quart of oil every 1,500 and dealer said it was normal. Started when I bought it.

Check engine light comes on for unknown reasons.

Fuel empty light comes on often.

Car completely dies at highway speed for a split second every once in a while.

Seats rock back and forth and the dealer says that is "normal."

Alarm failed.

Replaced 2 door relays.

Replaced trunk relay.

Climate control lights turned off at night until you hit the dash.

General Comments:

The handling was like a marshmellow.

The acceleration was slower than Flintstones.

Seats rock so badly, I felt like I was on a horse carraige.

I'll never, EVER buy another Jetta, but do like the styling of the Passat and was told they are much better cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th September, 2003

3rd Nov 2004, 10:44

Sounds to me like you need a dealer with a clue.

I've love my 1999 Jetta IV TDI. It has 105,600 miles on it, and it's only been to the dealership twice (in 2001) for other than the free oil changes I got the first year. Still gives me high 40s in MPG. The first time I took it to the dealer, the battery wire frayed, so they replaced it, and the second time, the A/C compressor died, which I decided not to repair.

Otherwise, my car will NOT be touched by a dealer, and I try to do my own repairs as much as possible. This I believe has kept my car alive for 5 years :-)

FYI - http://www.tdiclub.com and http://www.vwvortex.com are loaded with great info on do-it-yourself projects, as well as news and info. You can even get together with fellow enthusiasts in your area, and get their help with your issues.

Hope this helps.


2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 1.9 TDI from North America


The Jetta is the most frustrating car I have ever owned


Fuel door release broken twice.

Mirror adjustment knob fell off.

Rear brakes wore out at 18,000 and 30,000 miles.

Glove box hinge broke at 36,000 miles.

Alarm sensor in driver's side door failed at 48,000 miles.

Driver's side widow regulator failed 48,000 miles.

Glow plug wire harness failed at 48,000 miles.

Glovebox hinge broke at 48,000 miles.

Two glow plugs failed at 50,000 miles.

MAF sensor failed at 50,500 miles.

Turbo failed at 50,700 miles.

General Comments:

The only good thing I can say about this car is it's excellent fuel economy.

If you plan on buying a VW buy the extended warranty you will need it! If at all possible get a warranty with a $0.00 deductible. I have a $100.00 deductible per incident. I am around $600.00 in deductibles so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd September, 2003

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.1 from North America


Could have twice the car for half the money


New brakes before 25,000 miles thank god due to the horrible brake dust.

Even water on the seats causes a look of a stain. I clean the seats on a regular basis and if I happen to go back and touch up a spot, it now leaves a ring due to not drying at the same time as the rest of the seats.

New tires before 25,000 miles! What a great surprise that was possibly the cheapest tires by good-year.

While still under warranty the engine light came on. This happened at the same time as winter, when I had changed my oil and notices EXCESSIVE moisture in my oil pan. brought this up to the service department and I was told that the moisture is due to the engine running hot and the weather being cold. I can assume this is true for ALL vehicles, I also am aware of the dangers of moisture in your engine. however didn't seem to be of any interest to the service manager. 1 year later recall on oxygen censor-which causes moisture in the engine oil???

Trunk opens whenever I turn the car off.

Glove box hinge broken.

General Comments:

I was a previous owner of a Ford Explorer and purchased the Jetta to get the car I've always LOVED! I am greatly unhappy and have warned all others. Unfortunately this will be the first and last volkswagen I will ever own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th August, 2003

24th Sep 2003, 17:05

I have a 2000 Jetta GLS and have had the exact problems! New tires at 30k miles, Glove box hinge broken, Oxygen sensor failed causing steady check engine light and the engine to run rich where I failed the smog check. Both front window regulators failed. Thankfully the oxygen sensor and regulators were recalled and have been fixed. In addition to the above I have two power lock actuators that have failed. On one the dealer comped the replacement the other is for me to do. $145 per actuator is the cost before labor! I will say this much, Volkswagen USA has been real helpful in addressing the warrantied defects, but that is as far as it goes. All in all, I regret buying this Jetta. It has become a money pit.