2001 Volkswagen Jetta gls 2.0 115hp from North America
Not as bad as everyone seems to think
The only thing that has gone wrong with this car thus far is that the starter needed to be replaced (it was covered under warranty).
As of yet, I have not experienced problems with this car. I have owned the car for nearly two years and the car is about 6 years old and has over 90000 miles on it.
The car's fuel efficiency is good and it handles well. It has the feeling of a more expensive car with it's nicely designed interior.
In addition, I must note that I do take care of my car. I don't see the plastic parts of the car breaking as has been stated in other reviews. Moreover, it seems very apparent to me that most of the issues people have with this car are that mainly insignificant parts that need replacement and that some of the cars in general are lemons. VW obviously needs to put a greater emphasis on quality problems in manufacturing and dealership service issues. However, they make great cars and with these issues resolved, hopefully future VW's will not have such overwhelmingly poor reviews.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th September, 2006
2nd Oct 2006, 16:50
Oh I just have to comment on your statement about the issues being trivial things. How I wish that was true! Lets talk about heated seats catching fire. Or computers crashing. Or turbos dying. Or dealers selling parts that are not needed to unwitting customers. It all depends on your perspective. If you owned an A3 VW you grew used to cheap, reliable transport and this car is a rude awakening. If you drove an Intrepid you are probably not too shocked by the reliability. A quick survey of owners in my area shows problems start around 160,000 km (100k miles). Things seem to hold up fairly well until then. You have been lucky and may continue to be lucky... Or not. Hold on tight though because when this car starts to come undone it really goes south fast, and takes your wallet with it! I owned a Toyota so I am very bitter about VW, as I expect quality to be built in not added on afterward.