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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#3570 of 6655 Re: From what I have seen here [m1miata]
Apr 20, 2005 (1:59 pm)
I would also avoid buying any car (of any make) in the first couple of model years. To do so would be signing up as a beta tester for the automotive industry. The VW's I've owned have been very reliable (2003 Wolfsburg Jetta, 1997 Jetta Trek, 1987 VW Golf GT) because I only purchase vehicles at or near the end of their production line (that's the time when the bugs have been worked out).
Why anyone in their right mind would be the first kid on the block to have the latest and greatest (besides image, ego and/or vanity) is beyond me. That's what I call setting oneself up for a big disappointment. But then again, most of my life I observe and learn from others misfortunes...
#3571 of 6655 Re: RPMs too high. [600kgolfgt]
Apr 20, 2005 (3:51 pm)
I have the automatic.
#3572 of 6655 Re: 1996 Jetta bought cheap, but has electric problems [iluvmyimpy]
Apr 20, 2005 (5:06 pm)
Lets hope that you did not get that vehicle cheep because it has the "coolant migratoin problem" . If the antifreeze is allowed to follow the wires into the wiring harness, the ENTIRE wiring system can be affected.
Here is a video that shows how to identify and prevent the "coolant migratoin problem" (the only known "fix" after it has destroyed the wiring system is very expensive)
#3573 of 6655 95 Jetta electrical issues
Apr 20, 2005 (7:12 pm)
I just bought a 95 Jetta and it's my first experience with VW's. I discovered the first night that the instrument cluster and the heater controls do not illuminate, making it nearly impossible to see them in the dark. Are these blown bulb issues or something worse? (The odometer and clock both light up, as well as the light switch, radio, and AC/recirculate switches.) If they are indeed blown bulbs, how do I gain access to them? Also, the cruise control doesn't work either. I like working on my own vehicles, so if these are relatively easy repairs I would rather do them than go to a shop. Any advice?
#3574 of 6655 Re: Question about warranty [amebapk]
Apr 21, 2005 (5:43 pm)
I also have a 2001 Jetta, and the 10 year/100.000 mile warranty is only for the powertrain, and for the original owner. It is only transferrable to his/her immediate family. If you are not the immediate family of the original owner, then unfortunately you have no more warranty. That is stated in the 2001 owner's manual.
By the way, I love my car, it is a GLS 2.0L with manual transmission.
#3575 of 6655 Re: Constant Check Engine Light on 2001 VR6 [markt1970]
Apr 22, 2005 (4:09 am)
I don't have the answers for you to solve this problem. I can tell you that after reading your message I am just blown away at how many people have the same problems as I am with my 2000 Jetta VR6. I myself have had that 02 sesor replaced, masss air flow sensor and other things as well. They even changed my cateletic (SP) convertor saying something in there was broken. I have had several times had the check engine light go on have taken it in everytime to get looked at. I even took it in when the car was sputtering and no lights have gone on and they tell me there is nothing wrong with it. Last night I was driving and the car started sputtering again and the EPC and ASR (light with arrow and !) light went on. Once it continued to run really rough and I stopped at a store and came back out and started the car up and then the lights went off. When I drove home it no longer sputtered! I have no idea what's wrong with these cars but I will have this car a year next month and I am already thinking of trading it in!
#3576 of 6655 EPC & ASR lights
Apr 22, 2005 (4:21 am)
I don't know if anyone can help but it seems that alot of people are having the same problem as myself. I have a 2000 Jetta VR6 that I bought May of 2004. I bought it from a VW dealership. Since last May we have continually had issues with this car. The car will run fine for a while and then at time will start sputtering and loosing power. They have already changed an 02 sensor and mass air flow sensor. They also changed my catiletic (sp?) convertor because they said there was a screen in there was supposidly spins around that was broken. They said this can cause the car to sputter. Mind you this is a 3rd car for us so its not driven on a daily basis until now. Because gas is so high I am driving this car daily now. Last night the EPC & ASR lights went on and the car ran so rough. It was loosing power and really running horribly. This is a continual problem for us. The check engine light has been on, sometimes lights don't go on at all but every time it happens it does the same exact thing. The dealership has told me on 4 occasions that there is nothing and they can't find anything wrong. In one year this car has been in the dealership 10 times, Monday will be the 11th for the same exact problem. At times the car runs as if there are no problems and then it starts acting up after a few weeks or days. Really weird, does anyone have the same issues? Can anyone help if they have had this problem fixed????
#3578 of 6655 Auto-Tranny stuck in 3rd, chk-eng light on...
Apr 23, 2005 (4:30 pm)
My sister's 99 Jetta has been having a fairly steady problem with the transmission recently that seems to be getting more and more frequent. The first time it happened, the tranny got stuck in 3rd gear and the check engine light came on, so I brought it to the dealership, and they said that the wrong tranny fluid had been put in it by jiffy lube (go figure, I told her not to trust them ). They changed the fluid to what it was supposed to be (for way too much money). In about 2 months, the same thing happened, so I took it back, and they flushed the tranny saying that maybe some residual fluid was there, this time for free.
About 2 weeks pass, and the same thing happened, this time I went out and got a OBD II reader, and it spit out "P0302" which means "Misfire on cylinder no. 2"......???? As soon as I erase the code, the problem goes away and it drives just fine...!
It seems to me, like the computer is just shutting down into some kind of "safe mode" any time the check engine light comes on, and won't let the tranny shift. This is starting to feel like a scam to me, maybe VW is just trying to get me into the dealership over and over again...
#3579 of 6655 Re: RPMs too high. [sallysaturn]
Apr 23, 2005 (5:45 pm)
On the rpms being too high, you are correct, they are high and to my opinion is the way VW Jettas are (2.0 engine) no matter if you fill up the tank or not. My mpg average was 24 miles a gallon city and highway driving combined.
I bought a 2000 VW Jetta GLS leather package, sunroof, heated seats, premium sound (pre owned-certified) from McKenna VW dealer in Norwalk, CA, a city part of Los Angeles County, on December 2001 with 38,000 miles on it. On the test drive I noticed the high rpms and I was looking for the overdrive button, which it didnít have. At the end of the test drive the check engine light came on, and the salesman told me that the dealer would fix it. Anyways I closed the deal and bought the car for $16000.
The dealer fixed the problem that caused the engine light to come on, the first, second and third time!!! My Jetta spend more time in the dealer than with me for the first two weeks. For Jetta owners out there, the check engine light will also come on if you didnít close the gas tank cap properly after you pumped gas. Make sure to close it well and see if the check engine light goes off while you're driving, this happened to me a couple of times. Besides that, my Jetta also consumed oil about a quart every 500 miles, Iíve check on the internet and the high rpms, oil consumption seems to be common on this year model, so be careful.
The light on the A/C, fan, heat controls was replaced twice, once under my two year warranty and the other was after my warranty expired, it cost me about $100. (The third time I did not fix it) The part (light) cost about $ 3.00 the rest was labor $90.00 an hour and tax. Maintaining and repairing this car is quiet expensive and most of the work has to be done at the dealer. So I bought a repair manual to learn more about my Jetta and on different occasions I replaced both head light bulbs, a side marker light and a rear light bulb saving my self a few hundred dollars.
I had the front passenger side window fall inside the door (on a rainy day) I went straight to the dealer, they fixed it, the second time I had the drivers side window falling, however, this time I caught it before it fell completely inside the door, put my note pad in between the window and the door and I was able to hold it until I went to the dealer next morning. They also fixed it. Months later I received a recall notice about the windows malfunction, so I believe VW replaced mine with stronger window holders. I received two more recall notices later on.
On December 2004 at 76,000 miles the ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) light came on and also the battery needed to be replaced. My Jetta had a little hesitation starting up and the panel lights werenít as bright as before. I read on my repair manual that when the battery voltage is low the ABS light will come on because it is entirely dependent on electrical signals, A built -in safety circuit monitors low battery voltage and when this is detected, the ABS is automatically shut down, and the warning light will come on. ABS is not operational but normal braking is still available. Therefore I wanted to replace the battery first to see if the ABS light goes off, the dealer quoted me $300.00 to change the battery. I could not do it myself because if I disconnected the battery I will lose all the code settings on the car including the radio (once I put the new battery) I will need the code to make the radio work again, so this job was for the dealer. I waited until 2005 to do it.
On late February 2005, I was about to go to the VW dealer to get the battery changed, take care of my carís regular maintenance and to inquire about the ABS light being on, but a day before going to the dealer, I found a pink color fluid on the floor where I park my car, I checked the coolant reservoir and it was at half, I turned the car on and I had another warning light on, this time was the cooling light. I had a coolant leak some where at 80000 miles. I took my Jetta to a local mechanic, I didnít want to drive to the dealer thinking that the engine was going to blow up on me, the mechanic told me and showed me that the leak came from one of the head gaskets in the engine and by looking at the radiator cap that the coolant and oil were starting to mix. He also told me that this was unusual for a car with this mileage, that this was a big job and recommended me to go to the dealer and that it may take several days to fix. If you look on the Yellow pages there are not too many places to take a VW for repairs that are independent from the dealer. The mechanic put more coolant on the reservoir. That gave enough time to decide on letting this car go.
I had $3000 left to pay on my auto loan, and I had at least $1500 or more on repairs and maintenance to do on my car for the moment. By researching Edmunds.com and reading about other Jetta owners problems (the problems that didnít happen to me yet) I decided to get a new car this time. I did more research, to make sure that I wasnít going to make another mistake. So on early April I went to a Toyota dealer and trade in my Jetta, (I used Edmunds.com trade in calculator, so I knew before hand my best case scenario trade in value), I had a little equity, it was worth more than I owed, that plus a down payment and I got my self a brand new Camry.
Yes, my Jetta was a fun car to drive, donít get me wrong, it made me feel good (great sound system) It looked different, young, sporty, elegant and expensive (the kind of car for the crowd that could not afford a BMW 330) and it had more standard features that you could find on a car costing more, on the inside you could feel good quality materials. However it was not a reliable car, it is the car the you must avoid if you are planning to buy it used. (Well, now there is the new design). Some may say it is normal wear and tear, I just say and I admit it was just a good looking bad car, I always had the feeling of what is going to happen to it next.
I donít know for sure if Volkswagen corrected all the problems on the Jetta from 00-to 05-model year. What I know is that VW sales are down, other products on its line are having problems like the Toureg for example. As a whole some big European auto makers are having problems with quality and reliability, therefore donít let the name plate or price fool you. Do some research.
Let see if the new re-design Jetta will make up for all the shortfalls of the old model it is replacing. Yes, I drive a Toyota Camry now, perhaps the car that doesnít match my personality, but I feel satisfied and for a long time I feel worry free knowing that I wont be having car troubles hopefully for a long time. The car buyer always expect more for less, and sometimes the buyer pays more for an upscale brand thinking to be better off, however to get less down the road. Always consider,quality,reliability and cost of ownership instead of looks and brand.