2001 Volkswagen Jetta VR6 6 cylinder 200 hp from North America


Closest to a lemon I've ever owned..


1. Most major thing wrong, is that it's an automatic transmission, and it's already been replaced once for slipping in between 2nd and 3rd gears (after only 30,000 miles), and is now slipping again and will need to be replace. All of this is fine since it's under the power-train warranty, but THIS SHOULD NOT HAPPEN ON A CAR THIS NEW!!

2. After 30,000 seals in cooling system failed, car overheated, and had to be towed to dealer for repairs.

3. Middle console, the latch has broken 3x, and I have paid out of packet for it to be fixed each time.

4. Faulty sensors made check engine light come on sporadically, took 2x into the dealer for this to be fixed.

5. Laminate on steering wheel and console is peeling off.

6. I have cloth seats, and the seats have these little balls the form on them, I'm not sure if it's the seats wearing badly, or picking up lint... but it's nearly impossible to get off.

7. Short in front right turn signal, which will randomly work at its' own leisure.

8. After pulling up onto 1 parking block, left side of front bumper came off, panels in front popped out, and undercarriage came completely off.

General Comments:

Essentially, this car is cheap... and the people I've talked to at the dealership seem willing to take no responsibility for this and keep telling me it's my fault.

Bottom line, if you have an automatic transmission... unless you're drag racing your car, it should never fail after 30,000 miles. My old Honda accord, never needed anything done except the oil changed and fluids topped off.. it was an automatic, and I drove it for 200,000 miles until I finally had to replace the transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th January, 2006

5th May 2007, 18:46

You can use a lint roller to get the lint off the seats. This lint problem also happened on my older Saturn. Not hard to get off.

7th May 2007, 20:20

I own a 2001 Jetta VR6, it just rolled over to 64000 miles... I have had two cylinders misfires both costing over $800.00 as well as now I just learned that my timing chain is comming loose and will need to be replaced! Not Happy! This will cost me a lot of money and if I sell it I will only lose money. The dealership told me that for a 2001 Jetta with the VR6, at this mileage this is a known issue and these cars have not been lasting long after. What can I say, This is got to be the closest thing to a lemon I have every encountered!!

29th Mar 2010, 10:53

I have a 2001 VR6, and it has 160,000 miles, and is still running good.

2001 Volkswagen Jetta 5 speed from North America


Cost effective until now


I currently drive a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta and have recently noticed that I have to change various bulbs once every 3 months. When I originally purchased the car I did some research and found that Volkswagen had improved upon a reputation that originally labeled the line of vehicles as having serious electrical issues. I am starting to think that those electrical issues might not have been addressed... The bulb issue is strange... One month a headlight, next month a blinker, and then a break light. Granted the vehicle is 4 years old and eminence issues like this can be expected, but when bulbs that have been recently replaced keep going it is reason for concern.

Then, my most recent issue is the trunk. It is consistently releasing as I drive or even park the car. I will be in my driveway and all of a sudden I hear the release noise from the trunk... It has gotten to the point now that I cannot leave anything in my car because I’m afraid the trunk will release and anyone can open the vehicle. I have attempted to contact VW yet because I’m assuming this will be extremely costly and not covered under any sort of warranty. I'm wondering if anyone else has had issues like this.

General Comments:

The vehicle has been good for the most part, but I am worrying now that it is 4 years old and 70,000 miles that I am in for lots of trouble???

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2006

6th Jan 2006, 07:21

70000 miles. 2001 VW Jetta.

You are on borrowed time. Dump that car ASAP, before the repairs empty your bank account.

BTW, this sounds like a bad comfort control module. Could also just be a switch. $100 to $2000 for a repair. Hopefully it is well insured.