2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.8 turbo diesel from North America
High maintenance sedan
Love my 2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI (not!!!). Recently, I had the MIL light come on and resulted in the turbocharger and airflow meter being replaced at a cost of almost $2700!
Previous to that, the front passenger window rolled all the way down and would not close and resulted in the replacement of the window cables and clips at a cost of almost $300!!
That being said, the MIL light for the Volkswagen is something to be feared because on my vehicle the MIL light has come on 6 different occasions resulting in the replacement of 4 glow plugs, glow plug relay (twice), coolant temperature sensor (twice), and glow plug harness.
That doesn't even factor in the other problems that I never bothered to replace (ie- passenger door lock only partially comes up, broken glove compartment and center console, driver visor light burned out, cassette getting stuck in the tape deck).
I hope this e-mail serves as a warning to prospective Jetta buyers and people should steer clear of this car---I have spent almost $9000 of my hard earned money for maintenance in the last 3.5 years and I still have 7 more car payments to go to boot!!
My venting is now complete---and I thought an Eagle Talon was a lemon (my previous vehicle)!
Nice looking sedan, but costs too much to keep on the road...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st May, 2003
13th Feb 2004, 15:16
Note- VW has now extended the warranty on the mass air flow sensor. Try to get some of your money back.
24th Jan 2006, 20:23
I have had all of these same problems. The mass air flow sensor has gone 4 times, the glow plug relay 3 times, had the harness and glow plugs replaced twice. As for the window, it was a recall and it should have been fixed for free at your dealership.