2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8 turbo from Germany


Minor problems aside, I love this car


The usual problems I have heard about this car have happened to me.

The center arm console lid has broke off, along with the plastic top of the dipstick.

The latch on the glove compartment broke.

The engine light has come on, mainly because I didn't tighten the gas cap properly.

It is on again right now, but I had it hooked up to a diagnostic machine, and it shows it's a temperature sensor gauge. Not a major problem really. I just keep my eye on the temperature, and so far no problem there.

General Comments:

I've had a lot of the minor little annoyances occur, that have been talked about here, happen to me.

We have driven it 15, almost 16,000 miles, and so far it has held up remarkably well. I love driving the car and the way it handles.

I'm 6'3", and it could be a little more roomy. The back seats are way too small. I couldn't imagine trying to sit in the back seat. The cupholder is in a horrible position, and the button to move the seats is very awkward.

A lot of the interior parts are cheaply made, and as a result, some have broken.

All nitpicking aside though, I really do like this car. I would definitely buy another VW, although I think I might go with a newer model next time around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2010

2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI turbo diesel from North America


Good high mileage car


Water leaks into the passenger compartment floor mats.

General Comments:

This car has been very good to me. I have over 270000 km, but the car has leaked water as long as I can remember.

VW has a recall on sunroof drains, but did not fix my problem. The drains are missing inside the front door pillar. VW says it's not part of this recall.

I opened up the headliner, the drains are fastened to the top of the sunroof, but don't make it to the door jam drains, so water drains into car via a kick panel. May have to drill holes in the floor to drain this water. VW won't help for less than 2 or 3 hours of $90 per hour labour.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2010

15th Sep 2010, 14:54

This is a standard feature of VW sunroof design, German engineering.

2002 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon from North America


This car sucks!!


Windows open and close on their own.

Alarm goes off on its own.

Stereo speakers work when they want to.

All knobs have fallen off the radio.

Windows fall inside the door.

Engine light always coming on, which I was told was "normal".

Not to mention ALL of the performance problems!!

General Comments:

Worst car ever in my life! I bought it for $9,000, and in 2 years of having it, have spent over $5,000 on car repairs. It has died on the side of the road more than I care to remember... and with a small child in the middle of winter that is NOT OK.

I cannot wait to get rid of this piece of crap car!! Do NOT buy one of these! I am bringing it in to the car repair shop today in fact as the battery keeps dying while I am driving. I have often wished someone would just steal it and do me a favor, but unfortunately even if they tried, they would not make it far... this car SUCKS!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th September, 2010

2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.7 turbo diesel from North America


It was a sucker buy based on fuel mileage reports -- do the math on the whole TDI package


Door light switch will not work.

Covering coming off all of the plastic parts.

The driver seat's arm is broken.

Worst cup holder ever invited.

Glow plugs and harness needed to be replaced, $700.

Oil change costs 100 bucks.

New cam-shaft was needed, $3,000.

Mass air flow sensor replaced, $100.

AND the check engine light is still on.

It won't start if it is too cold, and stinks up my garage.

I will never buy another VW.

General Comments:

The car is good on fuel. However, the overall charges and repeated need for repair work have far offset the savings gathered from the fuel mileage. (If you factor in the time using the bus while it was in for the cam-shaft repair, the equation gets worse).

It squeaks when you turn or hit a bump; the air conditioning barely keeps up with the heat, and seats are not all that comfortable.. the trunk lid won't stay up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd September, 2010