2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8T from North America


Questionable reliability


Ticking noise coming from the front of the car.

Excessive brake wear.

Check engine sign came on within the first 2 months of owning the car.

Mysterious wear and tear on the plastic cover which is located under the fender and sits in front of the tire.

Electrical mishaps - bulbs going out quickly, wires burning while trying to upgrade bulbs.

Car stalled while driving, reason unknown.

Window regulators recall.

Ignition coil recall.

Engine vibrates on occasion (apparently due to the ignition coil).

Battery died after car sat unused for a month.

Engine consumes about a quart of oil every 1,000 miles.

Volkswagen customer service is very poor.

General Comments:

I truly love the looks of my 2001 Wolfsburg Jetta, inside and out. The reliability, however, is very questionable.

The car is very comfortable, and the drive is quiet.

Performance is very nice, I made a wise choice by purchasing the 1.8T over the regular 2.0.

Reliability isn't bad, as I have never been stranded or have been lucky enough to have things break near my home.

The "little" problems are making me consider possibly selling this car. I don't want to keep adding oil to the engine of a new car! The ticking sound is very annoying. I don't want to experience the breakdown of the window regulators which the Jetta is so notorious for. The brakes wear out excessively, because there is a defect which is unfixable.

I think that it's time for me to switch car brands.

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

Review Date: 6th August, 2003

2001 Volkswagen Jetta from Germany


Don't even bother purchasing one!


I have had my car for less than 2 years. This car is what defines a piece of junk. For the first inspection, it failed emissions. I had trouble with my window door. I took it to the dealership three times. Each time they swore they fixed it. The window fell into the door on a road trip while it was raining. It has two sets of rear brakes and rooters. It failed emissions again at the second inspection. The problems are endless. These are only a few.

General Comments:

Worst piece of junk known to man! I will never purchase another Volkswagon in my life. If you are considering one, please don't!!! Save your self the money!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2003

2001 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 from North America


I think that VW cars a the way to go


There has only been the driver and passenger window that fell and was replaced under the warranty and rental paid for. The back drink holder broken. The tan interior is very hard to keep clean with a child. The cloth material is not clean-friendly at all.

General Comments:

I really have enjoyed my Jetta and hopefully will buy another one. Besides the little things with the car I haven't had any major problems.

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

Review Date: 1st July, 2003

2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.8 turbo diesel from North America


A Lemon


The rear brakes wore out prematurely right after the 24,000 mile warranty was up. A defective caliper resulted in $900 worth of brake damage at my expense.

The cup holder broke for no reason. I barely ever pushed it in.

The passenger side driver's window fell down into the door while I was driving.

The check engine line has been flashing off and on for over a month. The dealer says nothing is wrong.

The car stalled and had to be towed to the dealer. The check engine light was flashing and the dealer said that it was just in need of a new fuel filter. Cost of tow and filter---$300!!

The check engine light continues to flash, and the car sometimes won't accelerate. I almost had an accident when pulling out onto a highway and the car wouldn't go over 20 mph. Sometimes it hesitates and won't go 40 mph with the gas pedal floored.

Another mechanic has told me the entire intake manifold and intake system is plugged with carbon. He said the damage could be as much as $2,000 and the problem is a result of the way the diesel fuel is burned. He said that VW made a huge mistake with this diesel engine and that it should be recalled. VW says it's not under warranty. I have a two year old car I can't even drive! And I owe too much on it to trade in the lemon!! I've written complaints to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Better Business Bureau, the Attorney General, and my congressman. Jetta TDI owners unite and make some noise!

General Comments:

This is car is a nightmare. I owe $15,000 on a car I can't drive and can't afford to fix.

My 1989 Pontiac Sunbird made it to 200,000 miles with the only repair being a $125 water pump. Why didn't I listen to my Dad and get another Pontiac???

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2003