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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#1129 of 6655 Will this Jetta run?
Jun 20, 2001 (8:51 pm)
In April of 2000 when I had my near fate car accident, I was worried that I wouldn't find a car like my 1991 Honda civic hatch SI which I maintained never brought back to the dealer for anything but a leak in the roof. I had 163 thousand miles, same started and fuel pump! I did my research on Volkswagen Jetta's and was very impressed. My wife and I purchased a Jetta GLS VR6 in June of 2000 on the 28th.
We decided to do a road trip to Florida see my parents, by the time we got there we put 1600 miles on the car. The next morning the car would not start??! I saying to myself that this is impossible, I figured out that it had to be the fuel pump. The roadside assistance was great they pick up the car, the dealer called and told us the fuel pump died. They didn't have any in stock so we had to wait two days. The car was fixed but our faith in the car wasn't! On the way back, as we passed through Virginia one of the plastic shield under the mid section of the car came loose, so we brought it in for service in Virginia. There were no further problems until tonight 6/20/2001,10:00PM, My wife and I and a friend were in the car talking, the car was Idling, it dies suddenly??!!!#$^%
I try starting it again it wont start. I wait a little bit then it starts but barely, I repeatedly press on the accelerator pedal but the response is not the same. I have concluded that as wonderful as the Jetta or any Volkswagen might be If their starter and fuel pumps are made poorly then the car is no longer reliable. This car is not worth it. My 91 civic I drove hard I worked it over and all I got back was better gas mileage and reliability. I no longer trust this Jetta to do my long trips by myself I'm afraid it will let me down in a bad place. Some one please tell me if this would be covered under the lemon law??
#1130 of 6655 You never hear from all the happy owners!
Jun 20, 2001 (10:15 pm)
Seems we hear lots of lemon stories here, but that's because nobody posts "I love my car and have have little (or no) problems".
(BTW, I love my Jetta, and have had no problems.)
newcar31, do you go to all the boards and post negative crap about cars you never owned like you do with the Jetta? I know you're disappointed you're driving rice instead of a car with personality, but stick to the Mazda board. See, as much as it would make you feel better, the fact is that most VWs are great cars. Very few are lemons. Mazda makes lemons too! In fact, you'll have to look long and hard before you find a group of owners as passionate, loyal and fanatical as VW owners. Theres a reason for that. These cars are well engineered, stylish, and a blast to drive.
Jun 21, 2001 (7:04 am)
Jun 21, 2001 (8:15 am)
If you read my post I wasn't ragging on VWs. I was ragging on Flaca for calling that guy picky. As I said, EVERY new car owner is entitled to a rattle free car and calling someone picky because they complain about it is, well...weak. If the only thing that consitutes a problem is the motor dying or the motor blowing up on a new car (According to Flaca), well then, you are not being picky enough because its 2001, not 1955. For the 118th time, I know that other companies make lemons too, it just so happens that VW makes a good share of them compared to some other companies. If you guys and gals are willing to go out and buy them despite this, all I can say is that they must be really, really, fun to drive. I like my "RICE" burner and I like your "KRAUT" or "BURRITO" burners too except for the quality issues and I'll leave it at that.
Jun 21, 2001 (8:33 am)
Look, I don't like rattles either!!!! But, I am more scared of a car leaving me stranded somewhere alone. My volvo left me stranded MANY times and it wasn't a nice experience. That is all I was referring to. Right now I have no rattles but if one occurs in the future and it can't be fixed - I'll just blast the monsoon on high. Peace to all.
Jun 21, 2001 (10:02 am)
This goes for my Mazda too. You can be sure that if I get some rattles or that if I have some quality issues I am going to do whatever it takes to get them fixed. If I have to go to the dealer 3 times to resolve the problem, you can be sure that I will raise hell.
Jun 21, 2001 (10:43 am)
I just took in my 2000 Jetta GLX because the gears were grinding when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear at 2800 RPM. After having to demonstrate the problem myself because the mechanic couldn't make it happen, the service manager did some research and told me that VW is in the process of making a replacement 2nd gear syncho to fix the problem but he doesn't know yet when it will be available.
Anyone know anything about this replacement part and when it might be released?
Other than the gear issue, i've been very happy with the car. This problem did not start happening until I had the car about 9 months. I have less than 9000 miles on the car.
#1136 of 6655 my Jetta
Jun 21, 2001 (1:48 pm)
I've very very pleased with my jetta after 11,000 miles , posted about my experiences in the main jetta board. Luv it :]
#1137 of 6655 jetta in the middle
Jun 22, 2001 (7:12 am)
2000 Jetta TDI 35000 kms
Previous vehicles: 87 Toyota Corolla, 93 Nissan
Hardbody and 98 Mazda B3000.
I've been back to the vw dealership for scheduled servicing... and grease spot on the interior sunroof panel, driver's door adjustment,loose floor vent cover and broken rear seat catch device.
All repaired to my satisfaction. Slamming the rear seat into its upright lock position probably did the catch device in. I keep the catch device lifted now until I have the seat positioned upright and then release the "catch".
After a year and a half I put my Jetta behind that unbeatable Nissan in reliability during a comparable period of time, well ahead of that Mazda and sharing the middle with the Toyota.
Jun 22, 2001 (8:32 am)
was a FORD RANGER.