2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR6 from North America


Expensive to fix, lots of issues with Jettas, and I don't recommend them to anyone!


Let's see, I bought this car from a private seller in July of 2008 with 96000 miles on it.

A couple days after buying it, we started to notice that when the car was in drive, but we're stopped at a light or something, the car pulses. We have taken it in to VW dealerships to have them look it over, and they always find nothing is wrong.

About two weeks after buying the car, our trunk latch broke, and took that in to get replaced.

Four months after purchasing it, the car was shifting funny, so we took it in again and they told us the spark plugs and wires were bad. But only a year later (current date) we were having the same problem again. We once again took it in, and the spark plugs and wires were bad once again. So we replaced them, but the car is still acting up. When you put it into drive and start to take off, the car shifts very roughly. Not only that, but when you put it on cruise control, it speeds up and pulses really bad, randomly.

Something is wrong with our car, other than spark plugs and wires, but every time we take it to a shop, they tell us nothing is wrong, but have failed to even take it on a test drive.

This car is very frustrating, and we still have no answers on these problems. If you can give us any information, or if you have the same problems, please help me. I can't afford to keep taking it in to have them tell me nothing is wrong, when there clearly is!

General Comments:

This car is so cute and rides amazing.

It blocks out sounds so good, and is great in that aspect.

But maintenance and overall dependability is HORRIBLE!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd December, 2009

4th Dec 2009, 09:10

Some free advice.

You should get rid of that lemon before it bankrupts you. Even if you find out what is causing the engine problem, and fix it, something else is bound to show up.

Most vehicles, even reliable ones, will have components start to wear out after 100,000 miles. Keeping a vehicle with a history of problems after that point is just asking for trouble.

Research your next vehicle, through sites like this and Consumer Reports, BEFORE buying next time. That way you don't end up with another car that is cute and rides nice, but is unreliable.

2nd May 2012, 00:19

If you are going to go through all that trouble with it, buy a "used" engine with significantly less miles, and it will work well; that's what I did.

I've owned it for 2 years, and have tricked it out with body kits and a spoiler, rims, underglow, subwoofers, radio, and everything that broke, I replace completely. It may be that I work with cars for a living, but this is quite easy to maintain, though high maintenance.

2001 Volkswagen Jetta GL from North America




I just wanted to pass along some good information to anyone having stalling issues with their Jettas. I don't know much about cars, however here was what mine was doing...

It would stall out when stopped at a light, etc. However, it wouldn't start again. It wasn't a fuel or battery issue. If you left the car sit for an hour or two, it would start up again, only to stall out within 30 minutes or so.

I read a lot of reviews online and no one could seem to find the problem. I had a friend of a friend take a look and they replaced the "crank sensor", and I have not had an issue with the stalling since. Thought I would pass it along!

General Comments:

Never buy this car. Mine has 124,000 miles on it, it was bought with 50,000. I have had nothing but problems, replacements, and mechanical bills since the day that I drove it off the lot. I looked online at reviews before purchasing, but decided to buy it anyways... bad bad bad idea...

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

Review Date: 16th November, 2009