31st Oct 2004, 17:50

I have a Volkswagon Jetta 2002 Jetta GLS and I almost thought the above post was talking about my car...Wow.

At 150 miles the MIL came on as well as the Electrical indicator... The dealer assured me it just needed to warm up...

I have had a squeaking noise that occurs everytime I back up.. It is loud and high pitched...

The window regulator broke at 15k miles.

The stereo has gone out completely three times and the wiring is still shoddy even after it was "replaced"...I still have blinking interior lights.

There are numerous rattles and creaks including all of the doors and speakers since day 1...These are not just normal sounds...

The front steering makes a loud creaking noise every time that I turn to the right...

My Jetta is constantly running low on oil... I can understand that one... I get it changed every 5k miles according to the book...

Also note that the car only has 24k miles and is a lease, driven only to and from work...

I swear my next car will be a Civic.

How does a car get declared a lemon... Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, maybe this car just sucks...

Thanks for hearing me vent...I'd like to hear if there are more or if I just got a bad batch...

17th Feb 2006, 11:24

It seems that we all have had the same problems with our 2002 VW Jetta.

I did sue VW under the NJ lemon law, and did receive a small settlement. However, I find it interesting that now after my third ignition coil failure problem was fixed, I have had no problems with my jetta (25000 miles later).

21st Sep 2006, 12:51

I have a 2002 Volks Jetta that I purchased in 2002. After maybe a year or so, the dealer had to replace the engine. My engine light is on and no matter what the dealer do to fix any problems, it will not come off. Now my stick shift gets stuck on parking for a while before I put it on Drive.

13th Jul 2007, 19:49

That's funny my geer shifter sticks too and right now I can't drive my car.

17th Jul 2007, 12:42

My gear shifter is also stuck and this is the second time it's happened. I can't drive my car right now!

The part only cost $20 bucks last time, but it shouldn't be happening again a couple years later.

26th Aug 2007, 19:45

Your gear shift sticking problem may have been fixed a few years ago with a part that has a recall on it. The dealer should fix it again at no cost to the owner. In the mean time, I discovered a release button under the brake pedal that should allow you to shift into gear. Good luck.

21st Apr 2008, 11:15

OK guys all of your problems sound so similar to me! I brought a certified Pre- owned 2002 Jetta turbo, and my air bags deployed driving along a city street. no pot holes, no accident. the dealer insisted that I had to have hit a huge pothole and later found out that it was malfunction. the warranty covered it. now I just dropped off my car at another dealer because the mil light came on (check engine), and the signal sound comes on and off while driving without having the signals on, probably a relay problem and also has the another flashing icon but I think it just needs coolant. they kept my car for about 2 months when my airbags deployed. now who knows. will they give me a borrowed car or pay for a rental? I use my car for work. I brought this car for a good price with about 30k but it seems to be a lemon! good luck to you all.

25th Sep 2008, 21:52

I have a 2002 1.8T Jetta. 80K miles. My MIL light recently came on. I see everyone has already mentioned the creaks and squeaks this car makes while driving. This car falls apart as it ages. I think I should have gotten a Honda.

15th Nov 2008, 09:12

Very very sad. I did at one time, loved my Jetta. Now it's giving pain all over. I feel that it can be a great car if the company fixed all the problem. It could be a great Honda. :-)

19th Jan 2009, 21:17

My 2002 VM Jetta is an absolute nightmare that I did not expect. I bought the car from another dealership, which I can't name, but it was pre- leased with only one owner prior to my purchasing it. It had low mileage and my father was the one, who being an owner of a VW Passat, thought that a VW was a good car for me, because I was at the time a full time student.

So I purchased this vehicle, and months after purchasing it, both front windows went out. I was told that it was the regulator, which was too much to repair, being a full time student. Prior to getting the car, I had a 1997 Honda, which I'm seeing now that I should have kept.

The VW has been one problem after, from the windows to the squeaking sound under the right tire when turning, the transmission slipping and mysteriously after 1 month repairing itself, to the costly pain of getting the transmission fluid put in the car, to the panel light coming on & going off for no reason at all.

No it has a new problem; the car was fine this morning, and now it won't crank at all and I have no warranty on the car at all. Who can I complain to? I've never had as many problems with any car that I've owned prior to the VW.

20th Feb 2009, 14:41

I’ve only had my Jetta for 3 1/2 years, and within that time it has broken down almost every month for almost two years. My coils have been replaced twice, water pump has gone twice, catalytic converter changed and yet my engine light codes still tell me it's needs replacing AGAIN, my oil was somehow leaking within the engine, not sure how that happen; found out the dealer was using the wrong type of oil in my car, which caused more problems.

One of the many times that I've had taken my car to dealer, I remember one time they walked in to tell me my car repairs would cost 4200 dollars, and had I just paid and got it out the shop a month prior. I was so frustrated I told them to keep it. Even though I couldn't do that, I felt like leaving it there.

Finally this morning, my engine was jerking on my way to work so I'm assuming it must be my coils AGAIN, and I just got it out the shop a week ago. I can go on and on about the other monthly repairs, but I would only get depressed. I think I spend more time walking, riding the bus and subway then actually driving in this crappy thing. I'd rather have a Ford than this car. I've decided to go buy a car from the auction and just let this car sit and collect dust, because I'm too frustrated to think any more about another repair, and if I am going to get stranded trying to get home.