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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
Nov 30, 2002 (3:13 pm)
i have a 1997 jetta and i guess i must be one of the lucky ones. it has 61,000 miles on it and i've not had any serious trouble with it. i know several others with jettas from around 95-98 and none have the kind of reliability issues people speak of on this forum. i know it's merely anecdotal but i have a good friend with a 1995 mexican made jetta with 135,000 miles on it that's had it in the shop once for anything of note and that was to get the clutch replaced at about 105,000 or so. i think a lot of the problems are caused by incompetent vw dealers not fixing things right the first time. i take mine to a very reputable mechanic who only services water cooled VWs and when i have had my two issues- vacuum leak that set off the CEL and a dead beyond repair battery that made the car go haywire- the problems were fixed right. the vacuum leak cost less than $60 bucks to fix. i'll probably go with a golf next time.
Dec 01, 2002 (8:37 am)
Odd your profile indicates you own a 94 Saturn and are shopping for a Maxima - did a turbo GTI blow your Saturn's doors off and now your mad so you post a bunch of lies?
I run into this all the time on these boards - My GTI has been perfect - no regrets whatsoever.
Dec 01, 2002 (11:59 am)
rickrover is posting all over to combat the all-over postings of electra rising! LOL
#2323 of 6655 Multifunction switch issues - anyone else miserable?
Dec 01, 2002 (2:42 pm)
My 1997 VW Jetta GJS is possessed. I bought this car in 1999 as a lease trade in with only 10,450 miles. The car was fine until the summer of '01 when the red coolant light came on. I took it to my mechanic instead of the VW dealership because they totally screw you and you have to wait at least 4 weeks for an appointment (at least you do in Boston). Well it turns out that oil was filling up in the coolant tank. So I had to have the coolant flushed and the transmission multifunction switch replaced. After that episode, my car started to flash the check engine light and the gear shift indicator on the dashboard would light up so you couldn't tell what gear you were in. Well, after driving for 15 minutes, the gear switch would flick to "D" for drive. When I put the car in Park, the gear indicator stayed in "D." when I try to start my car, it doesn't start and the gear shift indicator flicks from P to D in about 1 second. I finally caved and took the car to the WV in Wakefield RI (because they are nicer there) and they could not figure out what was wrong. They replaced the multifunction switch 3 times and the gear switch indicator continues to be inoperable. So now I am only able to drive my car for less than 15 minutes because that is the only amount of time that I can start then restart the car. Anything after 15 minutes and the car will not start and the gear remains in "D" This problem ususally corrects itself after about 30 minutes. I am going to make one last feeble attempt to take my car to the VW place then I am going to trade it in and get a Honda Civic. Has anyone ever experienced this insanity?
#2324 of 6655 Eleactra rising
Dec 02, 2002 (5:52 am)
Sorry to hear about your VW problems!!!!! I would be very upset as well if I experienced the same difficulties as you. The only thing I can say is that ALL car companies make a lemon here and there. This is no consolation to you I know, but for the number of people that come on these boards and say how disgusted they are with their car, there are probably 10X the number of people that have had no problems at all with their jetta's. What is totally unacceptable though is the customer service you didn't get. No excuse for that.
#2325 of 6655 2002 Jetta - Misfires
Dec 02, 2002 (8:15 am)
Does anyone else experience coldstarts (shaking when turned on in the morning in Miami weather). Also a coughing feeling in the transmisson when driving in traffic. If so what was done to fix this problem?
Dec 02, 2002 (1:45 pm)
it's a simple case of possession! You need an exorcist!
That is the oddest set of circumstances I have ever heard of with a car.
Dec 04, 2002 (7:43 am)
Guys, I have a 2001 Jetta with a 5-spd. I noticed a rattling sound coming underneath the car about a month ago when I accelerated from a stop. I just recently (last two days or so) put it in the shop and they are telling me the clutch on a Jetta with 15,000 miles is worn out. Moreover, it's going to be $1500 dollars to replace. Can I get feedback on this? I'm highly skeptical about this clutch having already been burnt out, but then the $1500! Thanks.
Dec 04, 2002 (9:29 am)
Is the motor a V6, 1.8T, 2.0, or 1.9L TDI. I am skeptical of clutch being worn out in 15,000 miles unless the clutch is defective or the clutch has been abused. I just checked on the price for a clutch kit for VR6 with Sachs clutch and the price was $160.00. Subtracting $160 in parts from the $1500 you were quoted leaves me with 19 hours of labor at $70/hr (hypothetical) which is just nuts.
As long as you did not abuse the clutch then I think VW should pay for or share in the cost of clutch replacement. I'm thinking that $600 is the most that a clutch replacement should cost. And this is at dealer.