2002 Volkswagen Jetta Turbo 1.8 from North America
Don't buy one
I've had Nothing but trouble with my Jetta... I had to replace my engine coils 4 separate times, repaired the transmission at 65k miles and my engine light was ALWAYS on. I had regular trips to the dealer for repairs... spending more than $2,000 in car rental expenses for the various repairs that were never reimbursed by VW…finally in March 2006 at 3:00am in the morning 120 miles outside of Vegas my engine blew... yep stranded on the side of the road, two women at 3:00am – lovely! The repairs would exceed the value of the car so I sold it for $1,600 to a wrecker - I was fortunate to get $1,600 - it was because I had never been in an accident and the body was in perfect condition. I will Never buy another VW and I will tell everyone I can how Awful their products and services are!!
San Francisco CA.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st March, 2006
15th Jan 2010, 15:09
I also owned a 2002 TDI. I loved the car for the first two years... then it all went down hill quick. At right around 105K, I had to trade my Jetta in for a Chevy Aveo after it left me stranded in Seattle - 3300 miles away from home in North Carolina.
Turbo started to whistle, then failed to operate. I had to restart the car, while moving at highway speeds, to make the turbo start up in order to make it up hills.
The cheap plastic interior looks nice, but breaks off in your hands. I replaced the center console latch three times in two years. Also, the glove box handle broke. I wore a hole in the carpet under the gas peddle - that's never happened to me on any other car, not even the Chevette I drove in highschool.
The electricals were all screwy. The dash would flash random idiot lights... the glow plug light would flash, even after driving in 80 degree weather for several hours.
Anyway, I wouldn't buy one of these things again. Buy something else.