28th Aug 2004, 23:10
OK, I'm having a panic attack now.
I just bought a pre-certified, 2000 Jetta GLS 2.0, about four months ago. My last car was a 1995 Golf City 2.0. I am beginning to wonder if I should have driven it for another 50,000 miles. My golf was running excellent when I traded it in for my Jetta. The Jetta has about 60,000 miles on it now. I have cleaned that yellow looking grease off by the doors several times. I thought maybe the dealership put to much grease on the doors when they were preparing the car to sell; obviously I am wrong on that assumption. I checked the oil after I drove it for about 2000 miles. The dipstick was as dry as the Sahara; I have added about 3 quarts of oil to keep it full (I've only driven the car 3500 miles. I was driving on the highway doing about 70 MPH, and the check engine light came on and the car stalled for a moment, and then came back to life. After reading all of these comments, I can only expect this to happen in the future. After reading about the numerous battery problems, and starting problems, I can recollect the car seeming like it doesn't want to fire right up. I can only imagine how it will start in the middle of the winter. As of yet, I have not had any problems with my windows, cup holders, or the glove box. I can only hope that the previous owner fought through some of these problems. Thank you for all the information.
14th Nov 2004, 15:47
Good luck to anyone buying a VW, let alone a Jetta... I have a 2000 Jetta; the only car I ever wanted. The car from well you all know. Mil (check engine) light on 13 times in 4 1/2 years - $80 - $120 just to diagnose, glove compartment handle broke 2 times, cup holders broken, yellow grease goo leaks during the summer, sun roof won't close if the temperature is over 80 degrees outside. Huge springs from front seats popped off, and now sit underneath. Remote key snapped in half (the spare - barely used). I will never purchase another VW in my life...
16th Nov 2004, 22:06
2001 Jetta 1.8 Turbo. I've read every comment posted thus far and am amazed at how many people have the same problems. I'm trying to sell my car and I'm going to end up spending over $800.00 just to get the check engine light to go off so that someone might consider purchasing the car. I actually feel bad for the people who will inherit this car. I have over 70,000 miles on this car, and cannot wait to get rid of it. I just hope that replacing the O2 sensor will stop the sluggishness my car experiences on start up. I've already replaced the battery, and changed my spark plugs. It also needs a new timing belt.
Peeling the plastic paint off the inside door handle has now become my favorite nervous habit and I'm convinced those large springs under the seats don't even serve a purpose, because my seat works the same with out them in.
Can't wait to get my new 2005 Nissan Altima!!!
7th Dec 2004, 19:01
I am so glad that I am not the only one with all these problems. I own a 2000 Volkswagen GLS and have had most all of the same problems as many of the past postings. Recently my biggest problem is with the check engine light constantly being on, even after it was fixed. In the last 4 months, the check engine light has not gone away, even after it being fixed 3 times.
On top of this, I took it too a year ago replaced parts such as the catalytic converter, air flow sensor and ignition coil. This last summer I took it in to get a 20,000 mile service and since then it has been down hill. I have had to get the air flow sensor replaced again, even after I got a new one last year. My passenger side window fell in the door about a month ago, which luckily was covered under warranty. My latch on glove box is broken and paint is peeling off on door handles and on cup holder. Springs under driver side seat have fallen off. I have also had a new battery put in it, timing belt replaced and numerous other things replaced that I can't even remember because it has been to the shop so much.
I am so disappointed with this car, especially since it was the car of my dreams till now. I will NEVER by a Volkswagen again and never recommend anyone to buy one. Not only are the cars lemons, but the people that work at most Volkswagen dealerships are very unhelpful and seem only interested in your money rather than how your car is working.
26th Feb 2005, 13:55
I own a 2000 Volkswagon Jetta that is the biggest piece of junk on the planet. It is a diesel and the repair cost that I have spent on this vehicle far out-weight any fuel savings that could be realized from the diesel. I strongly suggest that if you are in the market for a economical car that you look anywhere, but Volkswagon. Not only don't they stand behind their automobiles when they know that it is a manufacturing defect, but they even say that you are lucky that you're not having more problems.
4th Apr 2005, 18:36
I just bought a 2000 VW Jetta GL... thinking they were great cars. I've had it for 3 weeks (only 43,000 miles) and the engine overheated. I think the water pump is bad. Anyone else with that problem? Any recalls for this car?
8th Apr 2005, 06:50
I bought a 2000 Jetta TDI new and have had most/all of the problems already discussed. Couple of "new" ones though - since the car was new water has got in somewhere and drenched the rear passenger floor well. It went into the dealers numerous times, but they never did fix it, unfortunately you never knew it was still a problem for months when it next poured with rain. I now have paint flaking off both front wheel arches (fenders). Took it it to the dealers this morning and in fairness before I told them where the problem was the guy asked if the paint was coming off the front arches, at the 12 o-clock position of the arch (make sense?) He took pictures of them both and said that this was a paint adhesion problem that he'd sen before and thought VW would do "something about it". I guess we'll wait and see. I'm nit looking like a repeat customer for what are expensive cars in the first place.
7th May 2005, 12:09
Wow! I can't believe, there are so many of you out there with the same complaints that I have. I own a 2000 JETTA VR6 and the problems I have for this car never stops. I just came back from the dealership about 1/2 hr ago to fix and repair the Driver's side regulator. Earlier while I was driving the car, I went to roll down the window (on driver's side) and there was a loud sound and the window wouldn't roll back up. I drove to 4 VW dealerships and no one would look at my car, said the problem was common and that I would have to leave the car there for a week before it could get fixed!! Well I finally found a dealership that would fix the problem and said it would be of no charge (mentioned something about there not be a recall for it, but they were doing some "good will" service for me" this was a dealership in Toronto. But I do also have all the above problems that you all have mentioned. My cup holders in the car are jammed shut. The plastic clip on the right side of my glove compartment is broken, check engine light is constantly on and the list goes on and on. Each time I take in my car I have to get a diagnostic done for $78 (Can) which is so outrageous! Definitely telling all my friends and family not to invest in VW cars. I don't' care how well the engine is built, the cost of maintaining and caring for the cheap plastic parts in the interior has be convinced that I won't' be buying (ever again) or recommending this car to anyone!!