Although I really enjoyed the car and found it spacious, sporty, and priced right, the problems I described above, combined with the stories I know from friends about failed window regulators and the short Volkswagen warranty on 2000 models scared me enough to sell the car.
I have a friend who owns Volkswagens and she told me that if one gets a bad model in a particular year to get rid of it - "You won't believe how many things can keep going wrong". Good models in good years are great, she says. I bought an Acura CL-S Type S and know from owning an Integra for 7 years that it'll likely be trouble-free.
One other comment: VW service departments are overloaded with repairs. The two dealers I called for an appointment each told me that the next available slot was a week away, even though I told them the coolant light was on and the car was leaking coolant. In the meantime, I had to go without my car and without a loaner. Parts were not in stock and delayed the repair another several days - at which point a loaner car was offered.
A Volkswagen salesman I spoke with when I accompanied a friend to a dealership where the friend was buying a 2001.5 Passat told me that the Pueblo VW assembly plant ramped up production too quickly in 2000 and 2001. From 50,000 units to 250,000 - and that some of the problems stem from this decision. Golfs were moved to Brazil for assembly. Beetles are being held at 50,000 units. He thought they were scaling back on the number of Jettas being produced until the quality could be brought up to a better standard. Food for thought!