30th Nov 2006, 17:09

I feel your pain! I just purchased a 2001 Jetta and have had it for four months. It is the most unreliable car I have ever driven. The sound of the blinker will randomly go off and tick for hours on end. It's so annoying. Not to mention the crayons. I thought that the previous owner dropped crayons into my dash. Last week, my exterior lights just decided to stop working, so I have resorted to driving with my brights on. I hate my jetta!

2nd Dec 2006, 08:52

I purchased a 2001 vw jetta in 2002. I had the car towed 3 times and numerous service procedures performed. I contacted BBB and consumer affairs about the quality of the car and my poor dealership experience. I have replaced the ignition coil, temp sensor, tune up 4 times, belts etc. I spent $1000 to repair the car this week 3 days later the EPC and Check engine lights turn on. The quality of the car is extremely poor and the service from VW staff is horrible. No one knows what to do with the cars or even cars about there customers.


27th Dec 2006, 19:31

VW services guys are jerks even in Canada.

16th Jan 2007, 14:48

I have owned my 2001 Jetta VR6 since buying it new 6 yrs. ago. Overall, it has been a very reliable car in the 103,000 miles we have owned it.

I have had a few problems over the years requiring out of pocket repairs including ignition coil, MAF sensor, alternator and catalytic converter, but most of those occurred when it was over 5 yrs. old.

I have been very pleased with the car and it still drives as good as it did when I first purchased it. My local dealer,Howard Cooper VW in Michigan, does a great job of service for me as well.

18th Jan 2007, 15:16

Well everyone here seems to think that the jetta is garbage... well I think otherwise...I've had mine for over a year and yes I had to do the brakes, but I only did them to upgrade them... every other problem I've had was my own doing... as far as these cars lasting... they do unless the owner is abusive or neglagent... i have no idea what smell you are talking about when you refer to the crayon smell... go jetta! just don't drive it really hard and it will last!

19th Apr 2007, 21:39

I have owned my jetta for 6 yrs in that time it has been in the shop 3 times the last time was for a year and a half. I just got it back and it has a new engine. I drove it for about 100 miles when the emissions workshop light flashed. over the years I have had numerous problems, but I still have to say that I love my car, but they just have way too many mechanical problems.

20th Aug 2007, 15:56

I also have a Jetta vr6 gls and I have the same crayon smell!... It isn't too strong, but it's noticeable to me and it's the first thing that anyone mentions when they get into my car for the first time. As for the moisture affecting the car; have you tried changing the wires and/or spark plugs? That could be your problem.

21st Sep 2007, 02:45

I had the problem with my 2001 vr6 jetta, with the rain. It turns out I had a leak in the coolant system, and since the wiring was already corroded from the leak, when it would get damp outside, condensation would collect, causing a short or a misfire, and my car would need to be repaired. i thought it was just a coincidence that my car would have this problem when it rained, but it wasn't.

I actually had the coolant system leak for 5 years before the dealership finally just fixed it. in the meantime, I went through having spark plugs, coils, and wiring replaced 3 times, I went through 6 batteries in 4 years, and the only thing the dealership remedied when I complained about my light, was turning the light off or offering to have the sensor replaced. however, as soon as I had the coolant leak repaired, I no longer had problems when it rained - let alone any of the other problems I mentioned. good luck.

15th Mar 2011, 08:19

The crayon smell is Cosmoline. It's a waxy substance that VW use for corrosion control.