2001 Volkswagen Jetta from North America


Great car, worth the trouble


I had rear brakes replaced in 2003.

Seats stain easily because they are light tan cloth.

I will have to have catalytic converter replaced soon, according to VW maintenance tech.

General Comments:

I have owned 2 VWs and I love both of them dearly. They are really well-made and haven't provided any significant problems. I definitely do not drive like a "Grandmother," but I am careful as to not abuse the car. My first VW had over 140K miles and my current VW has almost 90K miles.

For the minor replacements I've mentioned above, I think I got the best deal for my money.

Great car. Worth every penny.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st December, 2005

24th May 2006, 12:40

Second report on this site with the Catalytic converter- my 2000 Jetta needed the catalytic converter replaced May 2006- under warranty.. thankfully...

2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Limited Edition 1.8T from North America


After 50,000 miles it is extremely unreliable


Check engine light has been coming on for 2 months and my foreign car mechanic cannot find the problem.

Turbo is not responding consistently.

Turbo boost pressure control valve was replaced, but I still have engine check light problems and performance problems.

Trunk no longer opens from in inside release.

Lights for fan and temperature controls are not always coming on.

Two wheel bearings had to be replaced 1 month after my 2 year warranty was up.

Mechanic is getting multiple problems on the diagnostic test. Tune up was performed at $20 per spark plug.

When driver door is open the notification that parking lights are on no longer works.

Recall for windows clips had to be replaced due to window breaking on driver side while in operation to lower.

Car is stalling on start up.

General Comments:

At this stage of the game after spending around I have no faith in the manufacturing of the vehicle or its performance.

I will strongly discourage anyone from buying a VW jetta.

I was hoping to keep this car for 10-12 years, but it looks like I will be passing it on for an American made car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th November, 2005

28th Nov 2005, 10:50

I notice that you took delivery of a new car with 300 miles. Was there an explanation (or excuse) from the dealer for so many miles?

Most new cars I have had were delivered with under 20 miles. Well, the new VW I bought several years ago did have about 120 miles. Dealer said it was a 'dealer trade'.

20th Dec 2005, 09:37

If your having problems with the way the car runs, and the engine light is on, I suggest you check the timing belt. My car ran really bad and my VW mechanic couldn't figure out what it was. Then my timing belt snapped and the engine is toast and VW won't help in any sort of way.

20th Dec 2005, 15:35

Dealer trades or test drives are the usual reason for miles on a car. All of those test drives on a car do add up.

2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8T from North America




Besides the numerous little things that others have reported this car is straight out of hell. I just got done replacing my catalytic converter ($1300) and then I'm driving home a week later from school and my timing belt snaps on the freeway. 89000 miles and my timing belt snaps. At 80000 it was inspected by Volkswagen and said to be OK. These are supposed to last until 105000 miles. If you're not familiar with these engines then let me enlighten you, when your timing belt snaps your whole engine goes. The valves are bent, the head is cracked and the pistons have stress and crack marks. VW's quote for a new engine, $9000. More than the car is worth. Normally this would be covered under the power-train warranty, but because I am the second owner VW will not honor it. 9000 miles out of my extended warranty and the car is now com pletely worthless. Vw has been less than helpful in the matter. Apparently they don't feel the need to honor their vehicle when you are the second owner. POS Geo's run longer than this. 89000 miles for a 2001 vehicle is ridiculous. I thought VW's were supposed to be reliable? I also thought they were supposed to have friendly helpful service. You're timing belt is not supposed to snap. It should never reach that point, especially 15000 miles before the suggested time of change. I have been a good customer, the previous customer performed all her services with VW and when I acquired the car I did the same and still VW is not willing to do anything about it. Stay away from this vehicle and probably all others unless this is the kind of treatment you wish to receive.

General Comments:

Great until your engine blows and you get the middle finger from VW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd November, 2005

23rd Nov 2005, 16:16

Timing belts can last 105,000 miles, but you are supposed to have them changed at around 75k. I had one snap on my old Audi 90 and it was my fault for not paying atention...


15th Dec 2006, 20:03

Take the V Dubya's to the highest car court!!! Crazy Germans!!!

16th Sep 2008, 22:11

Someone's ripped you off if you paid $1300 for a cat. There is no reason whatsoever to pay that much.