I also drive a 2002 Jetta, suddenly my alarm stopped working. When I went to VW dealership, they want to charge me $540 to replace it and reprogram the remote key. What I found kind of weird the dealer told me they could order it and it will take about hour and a half. They made me feel like the alarm issue is really minor. What do you guys think about it?
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I have a 2002 VW Jetta Turbo 1.8 - don't buy.
These are the things which have been repaired (I love the drive of the vehicle - my husband calls it a black cat - it has broken down more than it runs)
New Engine - 120K miles
Coils Replaced - 16K, 27K, 27K, 56K, 74K and 96K (6 replacements)
2 Car Stereos - 16K and 56K (seems like coils have something to do with the radio dying)
Side window replaced - mysteriously came down during a rain storm - would not go up
Transmission Replaced by dealership -16K miles
Car is chipped instead, the interior is peeling away - springs are falling out under the seat.
If you have to buy a VW - make sure you have Triple A (AAA road service) and a good mechanic.
I also have the same "strange" radio issue reported by two other users. I have power to the radio, but nothing else. The "Eject" buttons for the CD and tape players work, and the display updates with the time when a CD is inserted, but there's no sound. All of the other buttons do not work, including the buttons on the steering wheel.
I also tried the fuse 42 trick, and that didn't help.
The side mirrors in my '02 1.8T are supposed to be heated, but haven't worked as long as I've owned the car. Anyone know what fuse this might be?
I've also had many of the above problems. The window thing and brake lights constantly going out were both replaced free of charge under warranty. The O2 sensor and water pump were out of pocket expenses, as was the most recent: dead battery. The radio didn't work after replacing the battery, but the fuse #42 trick worked. I'm glad I tried that after the dealer told me I'd have to bring it in. Who knew that the fuse symbol they give for the radio would look like a book!
I also had the problem with the door locks this winter. Pushing the button once unlocked the driver's door, but pushing it twice didn't open the rest. About 2 months later it miraculously started working again.
I have a 2003 Jetta GLI and I have the same radio problem as a few other people (ie the radio turns on, will accept and start to play a cd, but will not put out sound through the speakers nor will any other buttons work.) Has anybody gone through this and what was the result? Let me know...
I have the same problem as others have with the 2003 Jetta GLI mysterious radio coming on with no sound and only the volume and eject buttons works. CD appears to play, but without sound. Seems strange that these comments all came around the same time as mine went out. Early 2007. My dealer in San Diego does not know what is going on either (I only talked with them on the phone). I am going crazy trying to figure this out. I tried removing the battery cables, but was unable to do that simple task. The connectors seems to impossible to remove. In trying this because I thought maybe I would get the security code window and this might reset the radio. If some can try this and let this board know if it works would be great. Any help for the me and the other three people with the same problem would be helpful. Thanks.
I recently turned off my car come back out and it refused to start. Told by dealership had a bad cell in my battery, which is my second in a year. Also my temp. gauge works sometimes. Sometimes it starts working than drops down. It's not overheating, heat works I'm thinking electrical problem. Anyone else have this problem? Solutions? Also trunk doesn't latch, just started today. Solutions?
I bought a 2002 VW Jetta when it was brand new in 02.
-2 months later I failed emissions testing b/c the gas cap didn't have enough tension. VW replaced the cap.
-Car window fell down into the door, and wouldn't go up or down. It was under warranty, so they fixed it. I can't remember if was under recall or not.
-Car got stuck in park. Couldn't Drive or Reverse. VW charged me $100 (come to find out it's the brake light switch that costs about $6, and takes 10 minutes to change), and my husband probably could've fixed it.
-Monsoon radio-the CD player gives me error messages. It won't read a CD. The radio works fine, but I can't play CD's. I haven't even attempted to get it fixed or looked at. It's not worth my time or money.
-Car overheated when I was on the interstate. The temp light and engine light came on, so I pulled off onto an exit. As soon as I got off the exit the temp gauge went down to normal. But, as soon as I accelerated again, the temp shot all the way up to 260 again. The coolant was boiling, but there were no leaks anywhere. The extended warranty company has gone out of business, so hopefully VW dealership where I bought the car, will honor it. I've read several places online about similar problems, and it turns out to be the water pump. I can't afford to fix that! We already had to rent a trailer, and pay $80 in gas to go pick the car up 150 miles away, where I was stranded!
I won't buy another VW.
I am the owner of a VW 2002 Jetta Wagon 2.0L.
Does your radio not power on? This happened to me today. Found this site and tried the #42 fuse thing and at first it did not work. Tried it again by removing it and counting to 5. Now my radio works. Must be a computer thing.
Other things that failed
Power lock on passenger side door would not unlock. Fixed by dealership.
Rear window washer jet was pointing down at bumper instead of up toward the glass.
A spring fell from under the front passenger seat.
No power to radio (mentioned above).
Also the O2 sensor was replaced.
The transmission sometimes thumps when you first start the car and drive one mile.
On the positive side when the car runs it is a joy to drive. The MPG is good to at 25 to 29 MPG city/hwy. The car is also quick.
I am disappointed about the number of problems with this vehicle I have read on the Internet. I hope the newer car are better.