21st Jul 2004, 16:43

I had a 2000 VW Jetta GL. I must have taken the car in about 20 times in 4 years. Unfortunately I wasn't that familiar with the lemon law. I had the airbag light come on, problems with the air vents, the radio went out, they left out the 12 volt circuit, springs fell out of the seats, wheel well liners split, etc, etc. I was recently in an accident (not my fault) and my airbags did not deploy. Please be careful out there. Needless to say, I didn't go out and buy another VW.

25th Oct 2004, 12:30

Wow, I seriously cannot believe what I read. I have a Jetta 2001 GL... and let me just tell you that I've pretty much had all the problems posted above. My main problem is that EPC light coming on, causing my car to shift in a slow gear and... sometimes my car won't even go. Its soo annoying and I'm sick of putting money into fixing it and fixing it all over again. Gosh, I can't wait to get rid of this piece of junk.

Oh, and I have major front bumper problems, its like they glued it on when they made it. I'm interested about that "Lemon Law"...I'm going to check that out.

30th Nov 2004, 05:06

I have had this 2001 Jetta for 18 months and three times it has been stuck in park. Yesterday I got stuck again and the EPC light is on and I don't know what to do. It is sitting at my job and I am afraid to take it in to the dealer because of all the horror that I have heard. I thought I was alone. I also have problems with the oil pan. It has been stripped and was sold to me like that. Otherwise I love the car, but now I am stranded. What's a girl to do? Oh yeah my brake lights have been out three times in the last 18 mos also.

16th Jan 2005, 02:44

Hello, I am a fellow VW sucker as well...

I have a 2001 VR6 5-Speed. I have had the coil pack replaced twice. I have had the rear brakes done twice. I have had the wires and plugs done once. The Mass Air Flow sensor done twice. Oh, I almost forgot to mention; I have only had the car for 12 months. There shall be no VW's even allowed in my driveway when I am rid of this POS.



25th Jul 2005, 12:20

Hello. I recently bought a used 1999 Jetta from a private seller. It was my dream car and 2 months after I had it, the car decided not to shift out of park and the EPC light was on. I looked in my manual and this light has nothing to do with shifting and it should still work because of a power back up. I was very confused, so I took it in to the shop and they could not find anything wrong with it and that cost me 50 dollars. Now my EPC light is on again and I'm just not sure why!

7th Sep 2006, 12:41

Hey all, I have a VW JETTA 2000 with a manual transmission. I haven't had many problems, the only considerable problem I have is the fact that "IT DOESN'T EVEN START". Anyone want to buy it?? These cars are real good, no need of mechanics before 100 000 miles... buy one...

27th Sep 2006, 15:12

I bought a 2000 Jetta GLS VR6 2.8L manual in January of this year from my Lexus dealership, and I've had nothing but problems!

My check engine light came on a month after buying the car--had to replace both O2 sensors. (warranty--$100 deduct.)

Then, in March, I was driving the car a few miles from home when it started overheating--had to replace the thermostat AND a leaky water pump.($317)

Check engine light came on again in May, but I haven't brought it in to be looked at... the light will turn on for a month and then turn off for a month, then repeat... car is running fine.

Unfortunately yesterday my EPC light came on as well. I haven't noticed a reduction in power yet, but this is ridiculous! I've had the car for only eight months!

18th Dec 2007, 08:58

Well let me start off by telling all of you that my Jetta 1.8T has not had a single problem up until now. I got a flat tire the other day and my ASR light come on and hasn't come off yet. I have to turn it off by hitting the button on the dash board. I have 112000+ miles on the car and this is the first thing that has gone wrong with my car.

Everyone has to realize that any car can do this. There are plenty of problems with other types of cars, you're just not looking at their website.

Jetta owner in Columbus, Ohio

2nd Jan 2008, 13:55

I have had my Volkswagon 5 speed GLS since August. It is now January and I've driven the car collectively about 2 months. I've had to fix, the front fender,2 tire rods, power steering, water pump and thermometer, and the car has 91000 miles on it. THIS IS RIDICULOUS!! I HATE this car, and can't wait to get rid of it.

1st Feb 2008, 10:56


I am driving a 2002 VW Golf Variant. 1.6 l engine. The EPC and the engine symbol lights recently appeared. The engine suffers from loss of power on and off. It feels like the gas pedal does not influence the engine performance anymore. VW dealers mechanics say that they are not so sure what it is, and I finally went and had the car checked through the diagnostic system. They said that I have to change the gas pedal which includes the "accelerator pedal sensor", or whatever this thing is which is connected to the pedal. Other mechanics said it could be something else, which is related to petrol quality or other thing connected to fuel system which causes the engine signal to turn on together with the EPC lights. One of them said that I might get stuck on the road.

Anybody has any advice?


23rd Apr 2008, 09:26

I have a 2000 Jetta TDI. So far I really haven't had any problems with the car and I have nearly 250,000 km on it! I feel for you guys, but when my car has been so dependable to me, I'm still all for VW's. Like the only problems I've had is 1, brought it to the VW dealership and damn is it expensive, so I found a private VW shop, fixes the car way better and for way less than the dealership. The only problems I've had with the car is 1, check engine light always on, can't figure out why, but don't really care because it hasn't hurt anything for 100,00okm so far so.. and the other thing was the air conditioning stinks when it turns on, but that's a common deal. I feel for all you VW guys out there having problems, but don't give up on VW. They're great cars, mine has been awesome, since the first day I purchased it.

28th May 2009, 23:48

OMG, having this car has been nothing but problems...

Since the day I bought it, I've only had it for 8 months is a Jetta 00 has 127k... Awful experience, had to take it get the transmission fixed was 1800, now I had to take it again but because of the water pump and the fans are not working... How great! Now that's going to cost me another $900, can you believe this, I really hate that car, I've had so many problem already, if is not the headlight is the tail light, if is not one think is another!!! I'm so over this car, I'm ready to sell this car, I don't even think a dealer would even give me a grand to trade it in, what a waste of money!

29th May 2011, 12:11

Clean the throttle body.