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.
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.