2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8 turbo from North America


Nothing like it for the price, but no 100% reliable


Turbo diverter valve needed to be replaced (fixed under warranty).

Air conditioning needed to be recharged (fixed under warranty).

General Comments:

I went in to my purchase of the Jetta with open eyes. I expected to experience some issues, and there were a couple. But I think the positives of the car far outweigh the few minor problems.

There are three things that VWs are notorious for. One is window regulators (windows falling into doors). The second is bad mass air flow sensors (MAFs). The third is bad coils. VW replaced all my coils free (never had a problem), and extended the warranty on the window regulators and mass airflow sensor 5 more years (I never had a problem with these either). So I think VW is trying.

I love the way the car handles, and the interior is fantastic. The engine is smooth, with incredible acceleration. The car is incredible in the snow, and feels very safe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2004

2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 from North America


Ambiguity describes best my love, hate relationship with this car


My front seat belts jammed.

My rear brake lights stopped working.

My right front window stopped working.

My driver's side window goes up to a point them makes a sound. Sometimes it goes up instead of down.

My Emission Workshop light comes on habitually.

My front cup holder gets stuck.

My moon roof liner is jammed.

Outdoor temperature sensor malfunctioned.

General Comments:

The dashboard display lights are very appeasing.

The VR6 motor is very quick.

I enjoy the car's performance; however, the beeps from the warning light indicators humble my excitement.

Volkswagen has too many sensors, which require too man repairs.

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

Review Date: 30th May, 2004

2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8 turbo from North America


My Certified VW has had problems since the day it was bought


The car will stall a few times when starting after sitting over night. After starting a couple times, the engine will appear to be running normally until you place it in gear and begin to move. As soon as you let the clutch out and give it gas, the car will shake violently, with the RPM's erradically jumping between 200 and 1600. Sometimes it stalls, other times it will remain like this until it heats up. Once the car has had a few minutes to heat, it will run with no futher difficulties. It has been in several times, the list of repairs and status update is below in General Comments.

The air-conditioning did not work from the first time I tried using it. The dealership is currently working with this issue now.

There was a terrible rattle coming from the driver side door when playing my stereo. (The dealership believes this was due to a few clips which were missing and not seen when they did the certified inspection).

At times, there is a loss of power, especially in lower gears. When switching from first to second, the RPM's will drop very low and very little power is given. This may be related to the stalling issue since this only appears to happen when it is already warm.

General Comments:

This car was a Volkswagen Certified Vehicle. Upon leaving the dealership, it has given me nothing, but problems. The stalling issue has happened every day I have owned it since it was brought home. The Air-Conditioning has never worked.

The dealership has been great about trying to find me another vehicle since this has already reached the used car lemon law statute for New York State. Service is still trying to fix the issues.

Currently, they have replaced the air flow sensor, re-flashed the computer, and re-wired all ground wires, but still have not found what is causing the stalling issue.

The air-conditioning was recharged and they are checking for leaks, but have not found any. I haven't gotten the car back to see if this fix has worked as they are still working on the stalling issue.

If this car did not have so many issues, I would enjoy it. It handles great and the acceleration is decent. While not the most powerful motor, the turbo does a good job of delivering enough power in the lower RPM's for passing and spirited driving.

I notice a number of people are having the same issues with the stalling problem. If someone has had this problem in the past, and had it successfully fixed, please respond as I would love to know what it is. My dealership is looking for another vehicle for me, but I am very curious.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th May, 2004

15th Sep 2004, 17:12

I'm having the same stalling problem... even my dealer can't find the issue.. let me know if anyone can find the problem.

7th Oct 2004, 12:24

I have a 2001 Jetta 1.8L Turbo Wolfsburg and I also have continuous stalling problems. I have taken it in for service on 4 occasions for this problem and my dealer cannot find the problem either. If anyone has had any success with the stalling issue, please respond!!