13th Oct 2006, 10:54

It's honestly pretty sad that VW owners think 100,000 miles is an ample amount of usage in a car that costs 30 grand. Seeing my friends' Toyotas and Hondas at 225,000+ miles and my old Buick at 190K, it would be shameful to see any necessary major repair before 150-175K on a car you would deem 'reliable'.

When I've asked my other friend with a Jetta why she's continued to put up with the dozens of repairs, she like most VW owners candidly replies "all cars have problems... and these are all 'little' ones."

No, that's NOT normal if you ask people with REAL reliable cars. I've had one repair on my family's Toyota in 7 years! And it was less than $200.

The infamous 'little' repairs added up to the tune of a couple grand for me - for a car only a few years old!!! Time to move on.

19th Oct 2006, 18:24

I have owned used VW's since 1980. All with lots of miles on them. I now have a 1999 New Jetta with over 100,000 miles. I have never spent more than $500 per year on repairs, other than replacing a transmission on a 1979 model. I also own a 1981 Pickup and a 1989 Golf. One reason I keep buying VW's is because I don't have to repair them like the other brands I have owned.

My check engine light comes on for awhile and then goes off. My cup holder broken. Other than that everything works fine and I love the car.

20th Feb 2007, 18:42

I have a 1999 Jetta also. My windows have fallen in. My cup holder is broke. My glove compartment is broke. My check engine light is on. It is in the shop right now getting a new interior ti-rod and front and back brakes and rotors. I am about to hit 110,00 miles so I realize that some upkeep is due, but everything on the inside is cheaply and poorly made. I wish I would have went with a Honda.

1st Mar 2007, 09:18

I own a Jetta, one brother has gone through two golfs and a Jetta, and I used to agree with the saying that,"VW can make a power train, but they can't make a door handle".

This has always been true, until recently, my other brother has replace the engine in his '98 Diesel twice in a year.

I love the mileage with my '99 TDI... but that's the only good thing I can say about it!

Happy Drivin'

19th Jun 2008, 02:35


I love to drive my little jetta, but... the inside is falling apart... the glove compartment is broken, the middle console storage area is broken, the mirror covers are broken, which keeps the mirror lights burning, the driver door is completely falling off, and the check engine light remains on all the time... but I have to state this... I love to drive my little green jetta...