2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8T from North America
I got a good one with no reliability issues - would definitely buy again
Almost nothing has gone wrong with this car (knock on wood).
The mass airflow sensor (MAF) was replaced under warranty.
The wiring to the trunk lid needed to be repaired.
The standard BBS wheels are pitting (well known issue with this particular wheel).
Minor squeaks & rattles inside the cabin, but not unbearable.
Check engine light has come on (and goes off) over the past 20,000 km, but the dealer can't find the cause. No effect on performance noted.
Contrary too many of the other reviews I've read, I've been fortunate to have a good, reliable car. Virtually no repairs required in 5 years of driving.
Great value for the price - luxury and performance with the 1.8T engine. You can easily get more power out of this engine with a cheap ($600) software modification.
Fit and finish are great, other than some of the interior coating on the trim pieces starting to wear off (after 5 years). Interior trim and materials look good and feel nice to the touch (i.e. not plastic-y).
Mileage is good (I've averaged 27 MPG with mainly city driving).
Wolfsburg sport seats (made by Recaro) with the inexpensive heating option ($200 at time of initial purchase) are comfortable and supportive, and the perfect driving position can easily be found with the hight adjustment lever (6-way manual seats).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st June, 2006