2000 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L, 4 Cylinder from North America


A great car with a lot of problems


The First thing to go wrong was that my rear drivers side seat was popped out of the hinge. When you tried to fold the seats down the left side of the seat would pop up. I told the service writer at my first oil change and they fixed it, no problem.

The Second thing to go wrong with the car was that after about 17,500 miles the rear break started making a screeching noise. I called the dealership and told the service writer about the noise, and he told me that 'Some Break Noise is Normal, Mam.' He was very condicending and treated me as if I knew nothing. After going around and around with him for a while I told him 'Sir, I'm sorry, I've driven this car for 17,000 miles, I think I know what the brakes are supposed to sound like. This is not normal.' When I took the car in, I took one of the Techs for a drive and they heard the noise, when they got the car into the shop they found that it had ZERO break pad left. They fixed it under warranty and have done so since.

Then the drivers side tail light went out after about 18,000 miles.

The next thing to go wrong was that the rear cup holder stopped popping out like it was supposed to.

The next issue wasn't for about 6 months. I took my car in for the 20,000 mile maintenence before leaving for a study abroad program for 6 months. 1,000 miles were put on my car by the time I got home by my parents. The break wear light came on after I'd been home for about 2 weeks. When I called the Dealerships Service Dept, they told me the 'best' they could do would be to see me the next Thursday (this was on a Monday). They couldn't tell me how much break pad was left, or weather I should drive the car at all. Which is understandable really. I took the car in a week early, because it was no good to me sitting in my driveway. I live at the top of a steep hill and cannot afford to go up and down it with bad breaks. When I took the car into be serviced (since it'd been 6 months), the dealership told me that I needed new breaks and that while the rear breaks were under warranty still, the front brakes would be $400.

I was very frustrated by the fact that there was zero warning about the brakes needing to be replaced. There wasnt any comment on the service write up, and no one said anything to me. Not even a "you know, your breaks are getting pretty worn out, you may need to replace them next time." There was zero warning about the need of new breaks, and we let that reflect in the 'satisfaction servey' that followed several days after we got the car in.

Barely a week after the brakes getting replaced, the alarm started going off randomly. It got to the point where we had to unplug the battery. I called VW and told them this, and they told me that they couldn't see me for two weeks. Again I took the car in and left it there, so that 'they could get to it when they had time.' The switch was going to cost 200 dollers to be replaced, but we fought it. The car was just barely out of warranty and had just been in there why on earth would it need this now? Its not like the trunk is used on a daily basis. The dealership paid for it, and now every one there knows our name and is very nice to us.

I received a recall notice in the mail and had that done. After getting that service done the car ran very nicely... for a week. The gas mileage was up and the pep was back in the car. It is still better than previously, but not the best.

Now, I'm about 30 miles away from 30,000 and there are all sorts of break issues. The front drivers side break disk has two grooves showing in it. The front passenger side break disk is showing a similar developing groove, and the rear breaks make a kind of grinding noise. Almost like the noise that the brakes make right after I wash the car, but a lot louder.

General Comments:

Overall the car is great. It handles very well, and feels super secure. I've driven other cars (from aerostars, to dorangos) and this car has the tightest feeling and quickest responsce.

When the car works, it works beautifully; However, I'm a college student and if I didn't have parents who were willing to help me out with repairs, the cost would be crippling. My family purchased this car for me because they thought it would be reliable and safe. However, while it is fairly economic in gas, and is one of the safest cars, it is not reliable. It seems every six months I have to get some major thing done to it.

I would buy a car from VW again, but I would do more careful research. I really love my Jetta, it just kills me that it's such a pain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2002

29th Jul 2002, 13:20

A useful review of your car's problems. It does make me think twice about buying a V-dub. My criticism with your review rests with the grammar and spelling. Please do proof-read your work. Mam, breaks, condicending, cylinder? Not exactly reflective of a college education. It makes me wonder who wrote the comments, and distracts from what useful information you (truly) are communicating.

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9 TDI from North America


If you're expecting the durability of Toyota or Honda, you'll be disappointed.


The "clock spring" for the air bag system failed three times. This failure caused the "air bag" dash light to illuminate. The dealer repaired the faulty spring each time it failed, under warranty.

The arm rest latch broke shortly after I took delivery of the vehicle. It was replaced by the dealer at a cost of over $200.00 to VW of America.

The floor mat anchors are of a very poor design. Both of the front mats, and one of the rear mats, have ripped from their anchors. I frequently have to pull the driver's mat out from behind the pedals. I'll eventually have to buy some after-market mats for the front.

The cruise control failed at about 30,000 miles. The dealer refused to repair it under warranty because I had over 24,000 miles on the vehicle. I called VW of America and they agreed to pay the dealer to fix the cruise, much to my surprise.

At about 56,000 miles the front-right window regulator failed and the window dropped into the door. Again, the dealer refused to repair the vehicle under warranty (keep in mind that I had bought the car less than two years prior). So, again, I called VW of America, and they agreed to pay for the repairs to the window regulator. This saved me about $350.00.

At about 66,000 miles the same window regulator failed and the window dropped into the door, again. This time the dealer had to pay for the repairs as its warranty on parts and labor is 12,000 miles. However, the part is on some sort of "national backorder" and is not readily available. I'm still waiting for the part to come in. The dealer raised the window and installed a window prop to keep it up.

I had the timing belt replaced at 40,000 miles (recommended) at a cost of $630.00.

One of the glove box hinges is broken. One has to push up and to the side to shut the glove box properly.

An oil change costs $53.00 at the dealer, and I have this service performed every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. VW recommends oil changes at 10,000 miles, but that seems a little excessive to me.

General Comments:

This vehicle is very quick and gets incredible fuel mileage. I get about 44 MPG on the highway. This is great considering that I have a 77 mile commute to work, five days a week. I bought the car because of the legendary reliability and fuel economy of a VW diesel engine.

I like being able to lower the windows (the three that work) using the key hole on the driver's door, like the television commercial shows. The south Texas summers are brutal and lowering the windows about an inch really helps to vent heat from a parked vehicle. It's a very convenient feature.

The trunk is really large. The back seat is not very roomy, but you sure can put a lot of junk in the trunk.

When it's clean, I get a lot of compliments about the car. It's a sharp looking vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st July, 2002

7th Nov 2002, 12:55

My 2000 VW Jetta GLS has had the Fuel Sensor replaced.

The Oil Pan Gasket replaced.

The Center Arm Rest Deck replaced.

The Driver Side Power Window Regulator Replaced.

The Front Cowling and Air Duct Replaced.

Here's the big one: The Passenger Power Window Regulator..6 times... currently taped up by the dealer.

The tweaters of the Monsoon system rattle.

The Passenger door woofer magnet was attached to the inside door panel, instead of the speaker.

17,500 miles... I am not hard on the car.

Could I not be any happier... my lease is up in 2003!

6th Dec 2002, 15:31

It sure seems that most of the notes here are having the same problems. I am fortunate that I have not had most of them. The arm rest latch was broken when I bought it as was the dial for the power windows, both where replaced under warranty and have not been a problem since. Other than that no problem. Perhaps my mileage of about 38 or 39 miles per gallon is less than it should be as I travel mostly highway, but it has not varied over the last 15 K miles. So I guess I am the exception here as I think that so far it is the most fun car I have ever owned. The power is great and other than a short wait to start the car it is the same as gas except a little louder and a lot more powerful. My car is automatic so maybe that accounts for the mileage difference as I did not notice your transmission type. I was told by the dealer to only change the oil every 10K as I use synthetic and of course their filters.