15th Jan 2004, 11:33

I bought a brand new 2003 Jetta in June and it in now Jan 2004 and there are 9,000 miles on my car. I am having a similar problem with my car shifting into gear, i.e. it doesn't. I thought it was just a cold weather problem, but it's just lovely to hear that others have the same issue.

11th Apr 2004, 00:24

This to me is nothing, but scary. I came home from the dealer TODAY and the first time I rolled the window down the window fell, scaring me to death. Needless to say my beautiful new car is back at the dealer and they said they would have it fixed. So scary. It is a 2002 Jetta with 18,000 miles on it.

28th May 2004, 11:09

I am in the market for a new vehicle an I was looking at the Jetta TDI; your comments made me really worried... thank you!

I have an additional question for you guys: are your vehicle (s) made in Mexico or in Germany?

Thank you in advance,

Adrian, Canada.

19th Aug 2004, 06:35

I have a 2002 Jetta with now 41,000 miles on it. My window also fell in, major peeling on the driver and passenger side, armrest latch broke off, wouldn't shift into gear once and I had to call VW service to have them walk me through a troubleshoot or I would have had to have it towed!

Yesterday I got in my car and I have no radio. It won't turn on AT ALL! Any ideas?

3rd Sep 2004, 17:36

I have a 2001 Jetta GLS and have encountered most of the same problems as I have seen posted on this website. My Jetta is also very creaky inside; the leather seems to be holding up beautifully (knock on wood!) ; all four windows suddenly fell down one day upon starting the car! (had to drive 45 minutes home on the highway with all four windows down). My worst problem (also very persistent) is that the car stutters on random occasions, stalls quite often for no reason, and sometimes simply does not even start up. I have had this car into the dealership (who not only knows me by name, but knows my entire family by now) about ten or more times. They have replaced many parts that were not working, but have not yet solved this problem. Selling this car is my best bet. : (

28th May 2007, 07:34

The Jetta is as German as a Burrito; these cars are highly unreliable and over priced. For all of you who still buy these lemons under the pretext that they are "German" think again; these cars are assembled in Mexico and Brazil and have some of the worst electrical problems in the industry. You know a car maker isn't too concerned with quality when they offer a 2 year, 40 000km warranty. Go Asian or North American, your wallet will thank you and you won't see your mechanic half as much and if you do, replacement parts and labour costs are much much cheaper.

11th Jun 2009, 14:24

If the trunk does not open on a wagon try this:

I have a 2002 manual Jetta wagon with 128,000 miles on it. When I bought it, the trunk would not open so I took off the inside paneling by removing 2 screws and then pulling it off. multiple small plastic pieces broke off but there is no other way to take it off. I realized that the devise used to unlatch the trunk was not connected properly and simply just pushed it back where it clicks into a small plastic piece.

I had to use a small piece of wire to make sure it did not come undone again.


Also, recently on my way to work I noticed my clock was reset and was freaking out. I also could not unlock any door but the driver's door. when I tried to turn the car on, the clock stopped freaking out but THE CAR WOULD NOT TURN ON nor did it show any signs of attempting to turn on. I'm positive this is an electrical issue.

Does anyone have any suggestions?