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2001 Volkswagen Jetta from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Unreliable and expensive

Faults:

Most sensors are low reliability and go bad frequently.

Also associated software is defective in cam shaft speed sensing and control, catalytic converter, transmission control, and comfort control areas.

General Comments:

Most frustrating of all is to find rude VW dealers very busy repairing than selling. Not a good sign. Overall you pay a lot of money for the UNreliable VW car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th July, 2008

2001 Volkswagen Jetta gls 1.8L turbo from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8L turbo Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Very good, and strong!

Faults:

Nothing at all has gone wrong; the seats have gotten a little faded, but that is about all.

General Comments:

The car is amazing. I put a bigger turbo, 150 shot Nitrous Oxide, bigger pistons, and a few other things. In general, the car handles awsomely, and it drives strong. When it was stock, it was still very fast and still drove very strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2008

2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission VR6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

Most fun car I've ever owned

Faults:

Nothing at all!

General Comments:

People must understand that this is a finely tuned machine; It is not something you can just forget about and drive without giving it the respect it deserves. I love this car and HIGHLY recommend it. By maintaining this car on a regular basis, this car continues to perform at its HALF LIFE extremely well. I will say, avoid the dealership at all costs. The best type of person to own this car is someone whom LOVES their car. Doing the work and maintenance on this car has saved me THOUSANDS by avoiding the dealers' OUTRAGEOUS prices. If you have common sense and a mechanical aptitude, buy this car. If you are a zombie air head who goes to the dealer every time you hit a pothole, avoid this car. The car has amazing power, as well.

P.S. The 1st owner (from new to 95k) also had ZERO problems because of exceptional care of the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2008

2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI turbo diesel from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired43000 miles
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carGMC Jimmy

Summary:

Despite its problems (and an unethical dealership, IMO), this car is a workhorse and reliable.

Faults:

The timing belt blew at about 100,000 miles. That ended up costing about $4K from a dealership (they claimed that it damaged the head, though I never saw it).

The bumper came off until we got used to the fact that the bumper clearance is lower than that of all parking lot "stops". I repaired the bumper with brute strength.

All of the shielding for the undercarriage and the wheel wells are either damaged or missing. Again, due to very low clearance. Dealership says...$450 to replace just the undercarriage.

Now, the temperature control dial doesn't work. Dealership says that it'll cost $1,500 to replace a $60 part because they have to remove the dash. I'm going to spend thirty dollars on a manual and use the money I save to buy $5 per gallon diesel.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable up front, and comfortable enough in the back.

It accelerates very well for a diesel.

It handles pretty good, even on wet pavement.

It is terrible in snow that is deeper than 1".

I think my Jetta was built in a Third World country.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th June, 2008

25th Feb 2014, 19:52

Timing belt should have been replaced at 60k miles. No wonder it blew. Sounds like the maintenance was neglected on the car. I have 282k miles on my 01 Jetta TDI that has had no real problems. I keep up on its maintenance though.

2001 Volkswagen Jetta from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

Meh. Just OK

Faults:

The piece on my remote lock that connects it to the key chain recently broke. Since the lock is made up of several pieces, the whole remote does not need to be replaced (just that piece.) But of course, Volkswagen won't let me pay for just one piece. They want me pay $125 for a whole new one and to program it. Ridiculous!

So now my remote lock is pretty much useless. THANKS A LOT, VOLKSWAGEN.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd May, 2008

2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8 turbo Gasoline from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Gasoline Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance133000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

Fun car if you can afford to drive it

Faults:

The BBS rims are corroding. I purchased winter tires and steel rims the first year I owned it which has slowed the corrosion, but it still isn't pretty.

Wiper's stopped working because wiper transmission seized up.

Turn signal kept "clicking" even though the signal lever was in the off position. Had the turn signal switch replaced and just over a year later, same problem.

Vehicle started running very rough on early morning start and I had to have all 4 coil's replaced.

Paint on various interior trim is peeling off and the centre console latch is broken.

Window clips were replaced (under warranty) to prevent glass from falling into the door.

General Comments:

This is a really fun car to drive. The engine is powerful and pulls hard. The transmission shifts nicely with no grinding between gears. Besides the engine and transmission, pretty much everything else about the car is below par quality. The maintenance costs are exhorbitant - it cost me $1000 for a timing belt and water pump replacement at the dealer whereas I only paid $650 for my 1995 Pathfinder for the same job. The car gets pretty good gas mileage on the highway, but uses premium fuel which eats into the savings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th May, 2008

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