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2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

Great car!!!

Faults:

You need to step on the brake pedal in order to move the transmission from park to drive. I have had a couple of instances where I was not able to get the car in drive. I took the issue to the dealer and was told that this was a recall item, I was not charged anything.

Regular maintenance, oil changes, air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs, spark plug wires, etc…

General Comments:

My wife bought this car in 2002 when it had 20K miles on it. We recently got her a new vehicle and I took this car over as a daily driver as there was no need to get rid of it. I have now made my VW GTI my secondary (weekend) vehicle.

It gets decent gas mileage - I am averaging 28 per tank with equal time spent city and highway driving.

It seats four adults comfortably with enough cargo room to bring 4 people to the beach for a long weekend. I can comfortably cruise on the interstate, again with 4 people and a trunk full of gear, at 80 miles an hour with no worries or shaking and rattling.

I have personally performed all of the maintenance on the car following the service manual to the letter. Again, no issues with the exception of the recall item. I recently rolled into 160,000 miles and the engine and transmission are timed like a Swiss clock (a better analogy would be the car runs like it was engineered by Germans).

If I were to be critical about any aspects of this vehicle, I would have liked that it come from the factory with a little more power. Also, the seats are hard to keep clean because of the material used (non leather in my car).

If you want a car that you can abuse and forget about it in a few years, this is probably not the car for you. You will probably want to get a Honda or Toyota that will get 150K miles with no maintenance at all. If you don’t mind lifting the hood or getting on a creeper, I don’t see why you cannot get 300K out of the engine and transmission. Very well built auto.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2009

2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired128500 miles
Most recent distance141000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Great for now

Faults:

When I bought the Jetta, it ran great. Well it had 128,500 miles on it when I bought it from a used car dealership.

Four days after I had it, my son and I were on our way home when we heard a whistling noise. The next thing I know is that we are broke down in a church parking lot, in the handicapped spaces, on a Sunday. I had it towed to my Ex's house and he looked at it because he is a mechanic and said that my timing belt had shredded. When this happened it broke the tension and the belt flew up into the valves. I called the guy I bought it from and he fixed it for me. He had to replace the engine. Bad for me, I already bought the timing belt and tension for it. The new engine had 78,000 miles on it when I got my car back.

I have put almost 20k miles on it in less than a year now. I have had the oil changed 3 times since I got it. The only problems I have had constantly is that my oil light doesn't come on when the oil is low, and my sensor on the brakes broke lose; don't worry, you get a new sensor when you replace the brakes, I got that fixed. I am still trying to figure out why the oil light doesn't come on, but I am getting ready to just give up.

I am however getting ready to have new tires put on my car and replace the timing belt, water pump, and the tension in about two months.

General Comments:

Handles great.

Not much rear seat space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2009

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 270 reviews