2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T from North America
Cute and sporty, but highly unreliable and costly to maintain
3 months after I leased the car, EPC light came on, due to a faulty sensor. Took dealership 1 week to fix, they left a wrench in my engine. Car began shaking after having for 6 months on cold start. 2 new computers later, new plugs several times, car constantly showing misfiring, it still does it every day. Car has to "warm up", before I drive it off. Have taken to different dealerships, and they cannot figure it out. Window regulators went bad several times, and finally dealership installed metal regulators, so it hasn't happened since. Catalytic converter has been replaced about 2-3 times in the last couple of years. Every 6 months, the brake switch goes bad, and cannot shift the car out of park. Dealership broke my windshield twice when they had to remove whole dashboard to fix a problems in the steering column. For the 1st few years, wax leaked out of all doors onto the paint. Door handles seem like they are made of rubber, they peel. My console button has broken many times. The ash tray/lighter tray is broken. AC/radio area also peeling.
I like the car itself, I bought it with all options. However, I am beyond fed up with all of the constant problems. The fact that no one can figure out why it shakes, and fix it, is beyond me. I will never buy another Volkswagen in my life, especially after the service technician even said he wouldn't buy another one. Not reliable, especially with a young child. I think my next car will be American!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th April, 2006