2002 Volkswagen Jetta from North America - Comments

15th Sep 2006, 00:41

Thanks to all of you who mentioned the Radio-Dead battery problem. This has happened to me several times in the past month, and the dealer seems to think I am crazy! Glad to know I am not crazy... just in law school, which might come in handy soon...

19th Sep 2006, 21:00

I have a 2003 Jetta GLS Wagon which I love. Unfortunately The driver window "klunked" inside the door yesterday. The recall is only for the 2002 models, so I am told, I have removed the door panel and have found the problem, the plastic clips that attach to the window regulator. Does anyone know if the clips only can be replaced, or if the whole regulator needs to be replaced? It looks as if the whole regulator needs to be replaced, however, of course, looks like you need a rivet gun to attach it!!! Thanks for any help.

24th Sep 2006, 12:41

My 2002 Jetta wagon's engine (1.8T) just went as I was driving to the airport. Apparently the engine is shot. I will speak to the service manager tomorrow morning as I have just returned from my trip. It just turned 60,000 miles on the way to the airport (This is true, I swear). I have heard that they have had problems with this motor with carbon build up that decreases the lubrication. Anybody out there hear about that? I change the oil every 5,000 miles and it had oil in it when it died.

John from Jersey.

4th Oct 2006, 13:26

I have a 2002 VW 1.8T Jetta that has been taken care of for 2 years. Well, while I was driving down the road it started making a loud noise. Now, the manager of the lot tells me the engine is bad. You know, it's amazing how something can tear up when you take such good care of it and have it serviced regularly. Also, the brake switch went bad and my lights stayed out a lot.

6th Oct 2006, 08:26

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! I had the same problem with the radio on my 2002 Jetta and pulled out the fuse, waited about 30 sec, put it back in (on the way back in it sparked... kind of odd) but VOILA! IT works! Nothing like people helping people! A guy at the dealership wanted to charge me $46 for a diagnostic of the problem because it was probably the fuse behind the radio! ha! Thanks again!

17th Oct 2006, 21:52

2002 Passat, 1.8 Turbo: Had the oil light come on, had it towed to the dealer who then replaced the sensor, no problem. Oil light then came on about six months later and they said that it was an oil sludge problem, would cost me about three grand to take my engine apart, clean it out and put it together again. Now, not having three thousand just laying around, I had it towed to the local garage, used the BG engine flush, and a fresh oil change and it ran like a champ. The dealer said I had neglected the synthetic oil requirement, but it was *them* who was being paid to service my car! I've had the same issue with the radio, the first thing I did was to check the fuse, which looked normal, reinstalled it, and then it worked fine! Repeat as necessary!

1999 Jetta 2.0L gas: Can't count the number of times I've put that doggone bumper back on, either myself, my son, or the local body shop. Had the oil get low between oil changes, to the point of the oil light coming on, my daughter will have to watch that a little closer. Now having the coolant temp light come on when the car is cold. Level is on the lower line of acceptable. Told her to go ahead and drive it, as the temp gauge is normal. I'll get into the indy German car mechanic to have it checked out, bu I'm guessing it's just a sensor.

19th Oct 2006, 23:28

I bought a 2002 jetta 1.8T 4 years ago and since then I have been frustrated many times. This car really sucks and needs to be taken back from volkswagen admit it you made a car that doesn't work. I'm going back to the Honda product.

22nd Oct 2006, 21:53

I have owned my 02 1.8t for 4 years now. It is a lemon. Have experienced nothing, but problems the latest of which involves my coolant temperature light coming on everytime I start my car. Now I can no longer start my car and the charge of the battery is fine. I'm not sure how else to say this after going through a radio, numerous shorts, and many break light issues I'm finished with volkswagens.

25th Oct 2006, 14:05

I have the 2002 Jetta TDI model and have experienced the same problems. Window klunked into the door first time, dealer fixed it no charge then we had it fixed on the recall and then it fell again costing us 150.00. Great tip on the radio fuse. That's happened 3 times, but at least now we know what to do to fix it. Driver's heated seat caught on fire, while I was sitting in it and I had to pour mountain dew on it to put out the flame, good thing I wasn't moving at the time. Recall on that as well so make sure you get it done. Engine light is on constantly, kind of ignore it now. Otherwise I have been quite happy with the car.

29th Oct 2006, 11:02

Hello from Manintojettas @ aol.com.

I have a 2002 Jetta GLi with the 200 hp VR6, 6 speed trans. It's a nice car. A great ride with a nice touch of quickness when needed. 165mph so far, and I slowed down to avoid hitting cars in front of me.

Although I've had the engine lock up on me for it overheated, the temperature gauge was fine; straight up and down, without warning, the engine stopped dead. Temperature light came on after I came to a dead stop on the side of the road. I thought my fault and neglect. Put a new motor in with the cost of a few dollars, well thousands. Now I've been having my temperature light come on. Well I've learned to carry extra coolant in my trunk and check it every so often, like when getting gas. My overflow tank was empty. I took it to a dealer, and they pressure tested and said there are no problems. I say OK, and while the gauge still reads normal, I see the "idiot" light come on for the temperature. I stop as soon as possible and look, my overflow tank is empty.

I refill it, and what do you know, the light goes out and the car is happy. Keeping in mind, temperature gauge reads normal, and as I think back and wonder, is this how I lost my 1st engine?

The my other problem is; my EPC light comes on now and then, or let me rephrase, when it feels like it, and goes off when it feels like it. Dealer wants to hook it to their diagnostic machine to check, and of course they want a few dollars, meaning hundreds to "see" why, then to talk about a repair. My question is what does EPC mean?

Thanks, Mike.