Front lower bumper too low, got caught on a curb when pull out. Glued back, not looking too great.
Arm rest broken.
Cheap finish, trim on doors peeling off.
Consumed a lot of oil - 1qt/1K.
Stupid cup holder design - if you use it, you can't use your stereo!
I wish I knew about this site prior to buying this. From what I've been reading on this site, the model year seems to be the worst, and as luck would have it, I have it!
I am the 2nd owner, bought when it was 4 year old @54K. So, far other than what I listed above, knock on wood, everything seem to be running OK. Oil change costs more than your standard Japanese make though; cost me $50 each at 3K miles.
When I test drove it, I was attracted to the Jetta for it looks, solid/sturdy feels, and pick up quicker than the Honda Civic. Also, it had more airbags, 6 in total. I do love the stocked stereo system. Great sound.
I am hoping that it will hang in there for me for another 3 years. I'd appreciate comments from anyone with 02 Jetta that is in the 100K miles, and let me know how's it going for you.