2000 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.9 L TDI from North America


All-around value


The driver's side door creaks.

Paint is slightly chipped in certain areas, but it is nothing that a drop of touch-up paint couldn't fix.

General Comments:

This diesel has some respectable pep on the highway.

Handling and fuel economy are both very attractive features of this compact sedan.

I have not seen the headaches that many 2.0L and VR6 Jetta owners have experienced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2001

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR6 from North America


A nice car to drive, but over a short time its poor quality and shoddy assembly make it a lemon


The water pump failed "prematurely" according to the dealer. The coolant light did go on, but the temperature gauge never climbed - and I could tell the car was starting to run hot.

The air conditioning failed. There was no refrigerant left in the system - the dealer couldn't find a leak and suggested that perhaps "they didn't fill it up all the way when they built the car". It seems more likely that there's a bad seal somewhere that's small enough that it can't be detected with the dye they shot into the system, but big enough that in another year, when the car is out of warranty, it'll run dry again.

The door locking pin rattles and buzzes on the driver's side door. The dealer has tried to fix this several times. First they removed the door panel and found a loose retaining clip. No difference. Then they tightened the latch on the door. No difference.

The seats have fabric that grabs lint and dirt from clothes and hangs onto to it unless it is very carefully vacuumed. I understand that Volkswagen has switched to a different fabric.

The right front passenger side door speaker buzzes with the volume turned to a very modest level and no extra bass or treble added.

General Comments:

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!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th July, 2001

21st Mar 2005, 10:46

My experiences with the 2000 Jetta have been similar. I have taken the car in 6 times for the engine check light. It even went off the day after I drove the car off the lot! My glove box broke. I had it replaced only to have it break again in 2 months. The cup holder broke, and I don't even drink in the car! The front bumper spoiler caught on a curb and ripped. The car burns oil. Don't know where it's going, no drips, no smoke. Dealer says the engine appears fine. The funky keys have been another nightmare for me. It will cost me $200 to replace the key and reconfigure my alarm to get one that will stay on a key chain. I have spent more money on this car than the previous two combined and I'm only at 61M miles! I love the way the car handles and drives, but I would NEVER buy another VW product. I've been lucky, the dealership has been great and I bought the extended warranty. I am thinking of buying another warranty after this one expires.