2001 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 from North America




Check engine light came on after two months of owning the vehicle.

Rear brakes prematurely worn after 28,000 miles, the dealership could have cared less and told me it would be at least two weeks before they could fix them.

Oil light comes on 1500 miles after every oil change. The dip stick is dry when I check it.

The emergency brake popped while the car was parked on a hill, it rolled down the hill into a tree and $3000 later I have a new trunk, tail light, quarter panel and bumper. The police officer said that the e-brake was still engaged when he inspected the vehicle.

The EPC light and check engine light are on/off and the car shut off on the mass pike while doing 70 mph.

After installing an aftermarket CD player the HVAC lights did not work. After two years they now work.

The drivers side carpet has a huge hole in it.

Drivers side headlight burnt out after 42000 miles and it takes a rocket scientist to replace it. An hour and half at the dealer and $30 it was fixed. Hey thanks for that free car wash!

General Comments:

I feel for my girlfriend. She leases this car.

I also feel for anyone who owns a VW. Especially the owners with the V-6 who have spent $30000 for a roach.

Buy American, at least when they break you don't have to take the whole car apart to fix it.

Drivers wanted!?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd December, 2002

8th Jun 2003, 23:42

Funny, I have a 2001 VW 1.8T 40,000 miles... NO PROBLEMS!... lucky me I guess... again sorry that ur car was bad.. get a toyota.

5th Apr 2004, 01:02

I am sorry to hear all these bad stories about the Jetta.. I own a 2001 Jetta GL with 26000 miles and so far no problem.. it's already three years old, so it has the usual squeaks and rattles.. but other than that, it is a good nice looking car.. I previously owned a 3 Hondas, 2 Toyotas, and 1 Nissan.. and this is my first Volkswagen.. since I know about the quirks of German cars (or European cars, since I always owned Japanese cars), I was not sure about owning a Volkswagen, but I think these are good cars if you take care of them.. good luck!

2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8 turbo from North America


A lemon


Hesitation on acceleration.

Occasional deceleration for no apparent reason, as if someone is stepping on the brake.

Rough Idle.


Brakes wear quickly.

Faulty window regulators.

General Comments:

Three repair efforts for hesitation have proved unsuccessful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th December, 2002

19th Apr 2006, 21:51

Replace the fuel pump, that should solve the hesitation and what feels like a problem with "spontaneous breaking." Window regulators are garbage, but for some reason when I had trouble with the power door lock actuators, disconnecting the negative battery cable and reconnecting it magically fixed them. Hope this helps...

2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8 turbo from North America


Volkswagon - Never again!


Break light switch out at 1063 miles (almost rear-ended on numerous occasions until I was informed my another driver (who didn't flip me off) informed me that my brake lights were out).

Automatic windows (falling)

- Passenger Front Window @ 6809 miles

- Passenger Rear Window @ 20040 miles

- Driver Front Window @ 21313 miles

- Driver Front Window @ 27326 miles

- Driver Passenger Window @ 28258

- Driver Front Windows @ 29714.

Paint peeling on console @ 10639 miles.

Warped glovebox lid @ 10639 miles.

Right rear tweeter blown @ 12516 miles.

Plastic piece fell out of sunroof @ 12516 miles.

Rear door latch cable replaced @ 20193 miles.

Finish around ashtray peeling @ 30062 miles (repair denied)

Finish on cubby hole above radio is peeling @ 30062 miles (repair denied)

General Comments:

Constant problems with automatic windows. Hopefully this has been resolved since plastic clips were finally replaced with metal clips.

Constant problem with beeswax leaking from doors. Not a good idea for Phoenix.

Finish throughout the interior is peeling (rubberized coating) - not a good idea in Phoenix which seriously devalues the car. Dealership, extended warranty and Wolkswagen of America refuse to fix the problem. Peeling interior finish does NOT equal PRIDE IN OWNERSHIP!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th December, 2002

22nd Dec 2002, 13:53

I don't know where you come off saying those things. I own a VR6, and the only problem I have had is a problem with the door lock, and that's it! Now, I don't know if you had a defective car or something, but Volkswagen of America is very reasonable, which leads me to believe that you must have been unreasonable or abused the car in order for your accusations of the cars mishaps to be possible. Volkswagen's deserve better owners.