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Cons: SHIFTY ARMREST//CUPHOLDER
Advice: buy only if u plan to invest...Turbo makes this car very fun to drive... BUT!!!!! there are soo0o0o0 many sensors and after a while u must begin to replace them... oh yeah and it sucks buying new parts bcuz thanks to the GENIOUSES at VW... u can only get certain parts thru them... lets try 228$ for a bypass hose.... :( but i still love my Jetta
Pros: heated seats, Monsoon stereo
Cons: cup holders cover CD player, transmission slams into gear sometimes, lot of squeeks
Advice: A lot of maintenance issues; go for something more reliableInitially loved the car. At 40,000 miles, I started having issues. Has turned into an unreliable, headache. Getting rid of it.
Pros: the engine
Cons: just those 2 SMALL problems
Advice: buy it manual because you wont regret itI bought this June '05 at 27k miles...NOW the car is at 44k and I haven't had any major problem since purchase except a bad MAF and o2 sensor. The car has terrific performance, build quality, safety, and style. The value couldn't be better either! For all the features you get, its incredibly priced!
Pros: CD and Cassette
Cons: interior plastic is kind of cheesey feeling
Advice: Buy Vw's used, quite a hit on depreciation real fast first 2 yearsMy wife loves her Jetta except it gets rather poor fuel economy. When she keeps her foot out of the turbo it gets around 25mpg highway which is what we got out of her old 92 De Ville V8. 3 recalls so far but only experianced one of the problems ( window regulator broke WHILE we were reading the recall notice about it ) Interior not built too well, seats make my hips hurt after 20 minutes or so. Doesn't handle very well considering sport package suspension. My 93 Fox will corner better. Drives like a BIG car. Does good in snow with ASR turned on. Plenty of power but wish we had bought a TDI instead. no breakdowns yet at 45000 miles. like the tiptronic.
Pros: fuel economy
Cons: headlights burned out more often than I'm used to
Advice: great vehicle...buy a newer model year thoughThis is a great car. The diesel engine is a bit on the slow side (VW added 10 hp to the TDI for '03). The fuel economy is unbeatable! Hybrid vehicles don't really get any better fuel economy. I averaged around 48 mpg. Very good car. The TDI definitely is on the slower side, but the car handles remarkably well...almost sporty. Headlights seem to go out more often than any other car I've owned. I don't know if it is a flaw or if that is normal because that is the only vehicle I've ever had with daytime headlights. Monsoon sound system is quite good. Cup-holders do block access to CD player/radio. (I believe that this is addressed in the '03 or '04) My advice is to get this vehicle...but maybe the '03 or '04.
Pros: The feeling of ride and attractive indio blue lights.
Cons: Quality and the front seat cannot bend down for a sleeping friend.
Advice: If you really want to have a Jetta, then you have to ensure that you have plenty of money to spend on repairs!!!First of all,I brought a 2002 VW Jetta as a first-time owner. My Jetta has impressed me with the appearence and comfort ride. After two years, I started receiving some problems with my Jetta. My Jetta's light bulbs have blew many times, and I had to replace it at the dealership. Most auto stores don't have light bulbs available for 2002. I was lucky that I had a new car warranty up to 50,000. I have been taking my Jetta often, and my Jetta had a broken AC fan. My car is still under three years old, and problems have occured early. Also, my auto insurance added one point on my DMW records because I accidently bumped my Jetta too close on the curb, and I requested the company to replace the front bumper. I paid for my deposit, and they considered it as a reckless driving because the front bumper charged them over 750.00. The front bumper only had torn holes behind wheels, but the front bumper looked fine. The shop couldn't keep the old bumper since three holes are torn behind front wheels. I can tell you about my opinions about being as a Jetta owner. I feel that it is most expensive kind of car I have been spending for repairs. I am thinking about selling my 2002 Jetta to avoid from spending more on repairs later on. I wish I had a Honda Accord this time, but I am planning to looking for Honda Accord. I owned two Honda Accords before, and those cars didn't cost lots of repairs when I used lots of miles. I wouldn't buy another Jetta again. I hope this review could help you to consider twice before you want to buy a Jetta. Thanks! P.S. Local VW dealership tried to have my car trade in for a newer 2004 Jetta, and I asked if 2002 Jettas are good. They couldn't tell me a direct answer, and their customer service isn't good. They are short on mechanics and made many customers waiting too long!!
Pros: Fuel economy Leather Seats Monsoon Sound System
Cons: Auto transmission rough shifting
Advice: Extended WarrantyI have 36K+ miles on my 2002 VW Jetta TDI GLS sedan. I love the quiet comfortable cabin and the leather seats have the best lumbar support and comfort of any car I've owned. I get great fuel economy 40mpg in town and 48.5mpg driving 70 mph on the interstate. Major gripes: Rough auto-transmission shifts, espcially when cold. Multiple recalls. Obrien Automotive, Urbana Ill. failed to diagnose the transmission defect I told them about; that 1 month later caused our car to lock up in the passing lane of traffic. A short in the battery had me towed another time. The build quality is not up to Japanese cars level. I won't buy another car from VW unless they either improve quality or offer a better warranty