2003 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 turbo from North America
Fun, fast, cute, unreliable, expensive
Not sure what is wrong with the car, but it occasionally will completely lose power while I am driving. Most of the time, it will eventually jerk back into gear and go again, but I have experienced about 10 times where the car completely shuts off while driving. It first loses power then the battery light comes on. After I pull over and shut it off completely, it will start up right away again. No one has ever been able to tell me what is wrong since it does it so infrequently.
It is hard to go from park to any other gear. Once in drive however, the car acts like it is in neutral, and I have to put it into forth gear in order for it to drive.
Radio and tape deck completely stopped working. CD player still works though.
The headlights have gotten so yellow and foggy that I constantly have to have my brights on. I have tried numerous times with special cleaner to fix this, and nothing will work.
I really enjoy this car when it is running properly. It is fast and controls very well. Unfortunately, I feel it is too unreliable to drive long distances anymore.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th January, 2010