2001 Volkswagen Jetta VR6 V6 from North America


1-10, 5 maybe


I own a VW Jetta VR6. I purchased the car used from a dealer about two years ago. It was clean and ran great. I drove it home that day (90 miles away), and at 70 miles, the check engine light came on, and the air bag light came on. Panicked, I called the dealer, they told me to come back in and have them look at it. They told me it was a sensor, and I was OK.

I got back in my car and drove home. 70 miles after driving, both lights came on; came to find out the dealer just reset the sensor lights.

I drove my car like a race car, no problems.

At about 142,000, a tension pulley went out $310.00.

At 148,000, it started over heating; my heater won't work and the tranny is slipping.

I am at 149,000 miles on my car currently, and the heater works when it wants to, my seat warmers work when they want to, my door panel is completely broken, the window buttons are broken, and they respond incorrectly.

I admit that it is an old car with a lot of miles, but I purchased the VW because I heard they run forever; apparently not.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th February, 2011

2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America


I love it and I hate it, but I think I hate it more


My cooling system clogged, and I had to have major repairs done. It took two weeks, and cost me $1400.

Now my transmission will not work.

General Comments:

I replaced the thermostat and radiator fan at 67,000 miles, just after I bought it, because the check engine light code stated that I needed that repair. This light came on a week after I bought the car. These repairs cost me $900. The CEL was back on two days later. Apparently I needed a new O2 sensor. I changed that.

The light came on a few days later. I started having issues with the car overheating. Soon after this started, I was on the freeway, and the car overheated and the oil pressure lamp came on. It began running extremely rough. Fortunately I was able to get off the freeway and park. The thermostat housing had blown out completely. I had it towed to my trusted mechanic, who revealed to me that someone had put an additive in the cooling system to seal a leak, which had ultimately caused the system to clog up, build pressure, and thus the thermostat housing blew apart. After all of the repairs there, which include replacing the master head, gaskets, timing belt and water pump (again), a couple of sensors, a radiator flush and an oil change, I was out $1,400.

I put my car on craig's list in a desperate attempt to sell it. No luck, because the CEL came back on and that turned potential buyers off. This all happened in October. It's December now, and the car has been running well (minus another water pump, because the one that was installed in October was defective and the seal leaked).

I changed my own oil yesterday, and when I was done, I started the car to move it out of the garage, only to find that none of the gears engaged. I could shift into a gear (e.g. "reverse" - the reverse lights come on, but the car does not go into gear) but it doesn't go anywhere unless I rev it to about 2000 RPMs. At that point it starts to roll, but very slowly. What the heck?

I don't mind the crayon smell. I love the sound system and the excellent gas mileage. It's comfortable for me to sit in and drive, and I'm a tall guy (6'4"). However, I'm really disappointed by the latest problem, and the frequency with which each problem has occurred.

I previously had a '97 Dodge Stratus. I had that car for a decade, and put over 200K on it before the computer died. Never had any major engine problems. Never had a single transmission problem. There were some standard repairs that it required, but nothing like what I've experienced with this '01 Jetta.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th December, 2010

12th Dec 2010, 18:37

Amazing that your Dodge Stratus turned out to be better than this Jetta. A Stratus isn't that great, but sounds like the Jetta was a real lemon. A friend of the family had similar problems with their VW Golf; the car did not even last 5 years, even with proper maintenance. So much for "German Engineering". I will take any domestic over a VW any day.