2003 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 from North America
The only thing in this car that is reliable, is the check engine light! Bought this car from a private dealer, had it checked by a few mechanics before I did, put it on an engine machine to make sure all was well... Everything was fine. Until about a month later when my engine light went on. I brought it in, and I was told it was the catalytic converter, so I put an aftermarket catalytic converter in, which works great with most cars, but not Volkswagen...
The aftermarket converter did not fix the problem, so I had to get it replaced at the dealer, which cost me $1,200. Apparently, Volkswagen is very specific as to the parts you can use for repairs, meaning when something goes wrong... there is NO cheap fix.
And with this car, things ARE always going wrong.
Anyway, replaced the converter with a factory part. And 2 weeks later, the engine light is back on... this time C02 sensors, and a leak in one of the pipes underneath. This repair trip cost $780.
2 months after that?
The electrical system starts acting weird, the car locks and unlocks by itself, the trunk opens by itself, even when car is off, and the A/C stopped working...
Keep in mind, I bought the car for $4500, and have already put $2000 into this car not even 5 months into owning it...
So the electrical issues ran me another $580.
4 months later, driving in the snow, the engine seized and I replaced that for $1500 (which is very cheap). It's normally about 2500 to fix.
Month or two later, the engine light came back on, and I decided enough was enough, didn't even check what it was, sold it to a dealer for cash. Should have done so much sooner.
The car is very comfortable, and very nice looking, which is what sold me, but NOT worth the money. Absolutely HORRIBLE on reliability.
Fun to drive, smooth ride, looks nice.
But the only thing that works is the check engine light... Don't let the good looks fool you; run, and run fast!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th September, 2010