2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L 4 cylinder. from North America


It slowly got me! I got off easy, guys!


When I first got the car, the starter made a noise for about one second just after the engine turned; now, it does it on every startup and is more pronounced, only now the vehicle is out of warranty and Volkswagen will not honor my complaint because the dealer stated that they have never had a starter fail due to this noise, which they obviously admitted to knowing about.

The rust proofing leaks from the bottom of the doors and the engine light started coming on after I filled up the gas tank, today.

The window clips on the front passenger side window broke twice leaving the window in the down position; the first time the dealer fixed it they put two scratches, down to the primer, at the top of the door and the second time after they fixed it, I got in the car and there were loud clicking sounds coming from inside the door when I tested the window - I didn't accept the car and an hour later it came back fixed properly… with grease on the steering wheel and door panel.

General Comments:

I'm trying to sell the car because I need more room in the back for a third child seat and the wife needs an automatic. It's very difficult to sell it because of the manual transmission (my fault), the starter noise at startup and the newly lit engine light, which I need to get diagnosed.

Over all, I think it's a good little car; however, I did expect much more for the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th June, 2003

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4 cylinder from North America


Maintenance Nightmare


Check engine light (faulty sensor)

Plastic hinge on glove box broke.

Rubber stereo knob is melting...yes, I said melting.

Passenger side door lock sticks.

Yellow ooze leaks out from doors.

CD Player skips while playing.

Armrest top broke off (those lovely plastic hinges again)

Window fell into door.

Clips broke on Sunroof shade.

Cup holder broken (twice)

Plastic coating on inside door grips peeling off.

Tail lights and/or brake lights go out too easily.

General Comments:

This car is cute, but has been a nightmare to maintain. I personally don't drive that much or drive the car to the extent that it should have these kinds of problems. I feel like I've owned it for 20 years... not 3! Funny thing is VW is aware of a lot of these problems and doesn't do anything about it. When I brought it in for the window to be repaired, they knew exactly what the problem was before I could even finish my sentence. All in all, I will NEVER buy another VW or recommend it to anyone else. Too many problems in such a short period of time. I've spent more money fixing it than it's probably worth at this point.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th June, 2003

24th Jul 2005, 07:39

I agree with writer-I have had almost the same issues with my Volkswagen. Add the switch for the gas tank wouldn't open-by the time I was able to get an appointment to get it fixed (two weeks) -ran out of gas-had to have it towed to their shop! They fixed it free of charge in 8 minutes. Also the spring under both the both front seats fell off after finding broken plastic clips under the seats.

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GT 2.0 from North America


Horrid Price for this lemon


First of all I was happy with my 1996 Volkswagen Jetta. I decided to trade it in for a newer model, since I like the way they handled and the new body style. My 96 had little or no problems so I was more than happy to get a 2000 model. About 2 months of driving the car the Oil Light came on. I checked the oil and it was about 1.5 quarts low. I found that odd, topped it off and checked it every few days. Well sure enough the oil level drained again. I contacted the dealer and brought the car in for “repairs”. The changed the oil and told me to bring it back in 1000 miles or when it’s 1 quart low, since you know driving with 1 quart low is OK and all…I brought the car back with another problem, the mass airflow sensor had failed. At that time they checked the oil and it was only.2 quarts low. I brought the car back once more at around 1000 miles and at that time it was a full 1 quart low. I was told again to bring it back one last time then they can do an oil pressure test and hopefully find the problem. Well I brought the car back at 1000 miles and only half a quart low. The service manager of a Volkswagen dealer then told me it had to be 1 quart low before I could bring it back. Then he proceeded to tell me there was no problem with my car, it was allowable for it to burn 1 quart of oil at 1500 miles. Well the car never got fixed and I’m left with this lemon.

General Comments:

Is there anyway to bring about a class action lawsuit? Do you really believe anyone would buy a car that consumes oil??? Anyone want to contact me with any suggestions?? gimpydingo@hotmail.com I think I'll look into a lemon law lawyer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 2003

27th May 2004, 15:23

Our 2000 Jetta has had an identicle experience to this. Burning oil, airflow sensor, plus automatic windows falling and having to have part replaced several times. Right now, it burns a quart of oil in less than 1000 miles. When we brought it in to have the airflow sensor fixed, the service manager told us the burning oil was "normal," and that it was because it only holds a small amount of oil in the first place. This is a hunk of junk, and we certainly are interested in forming a class action lawsuit.



11th Jul 2004, 10:01

I have a 98 VW Cabrio. My Mass airflow sensor has failed twice. I am a college student who just cannot afford such a problem. My check engine light never goes off even after repairs. I could not pass emission testing this year. My car cuts off when I stop at red lights and stop signs. After doing research on the web I realized that there are several people having the same problem with their VW. What can I do about this problem? ROSE