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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
Sep 05, 2000 (8:49 pm)
Thanks for the response to my inquiry (#517). I currently have a 1994 Honda Accord. I'm logging about 60 miles/day to and from work so I need a reliable commuter car with better than average gas mileage. Sounds like from the comments and previous postings that the VW Jetta doesn't sound that reliable. I'm nervous in buying one now. I might just stick with the Hondas. I understand that the Civic will have a new body style in 2001. I might as well wait.
#496 of 6655 1.8T hesitation
Sep 06, 2000 (3:33 am)
Have 2001 Jetta 1.8T/automatic-lovely car-black w/beige leather(highly recomended!)Traded in Acura Integra 5-speed w/60,000 trouble-free miles. VW 1.8T feels like it has better acceleration even with the automatic! Has anyone experienced what seems to be a momentary loss of power,(say,2+seconds),when you are pulling out in front of a Mack truck and the engine seems to "doze off" for a bit? I know about turbo-lag but this has specifically occurred only a few times(just enough to cause me to increase my life insurance!); also, at light throttle when the shift into high gear occurs, the engine seems to "pull back", and hesitate before continuing on as normal. Otherwise the car runs and drives fantastically with great build quality,super interior and "mini-Mercedes" style. Just wanted to check in before I go to the dealer and am told that "they all do that".
Sep 06, 2000 (12:41 pm)
VW's made in Mexico have extremely poor quality control. I strongly recommend staying away from those vehicles. It's just a matter of time before things begin to come apart. Good Luck to anyone who has one of these vehicles.
#498 of 6655 Thinking of switching to Jetta GLX
Sep 07, 2000 (2:31 am)
Hello all...I currently have a 2000 a4 2.8. I have a lot of problems with it. It is at 25K now, and have 4 major problems, from gas leak, to issues with the rotors. I want to get out of the car bad, before I lose to much more money with the miles. I am looking at the Jetta GLX or the Passat GLX. Any one have comments about the A4 vs. the Jetta?????
Thanks for the insight.
#499 of 6655 About Hesitation, Chips, and Wheels for Sale
Sep 07, 2000 (3:54 am)
Bub4 - the hesitation you are experiencing may be the result of the computer programming for the 1.8T (I also own one). As you may or may not be aware, the 1.8T engine is capable of producing a lot more power. The same engine and turbocharger in the Audi TT produces 180hp in one version and 200+hp in another version. I've read a couple of articles which call your hesitation a "hole" in the acceleration. The computer allows the turbo to spool up quickly in anticipation of your request for power (when you first start pressing the gas) and then backs off (saying you are only a 150hp engine). Don't know if this is what you are feeling, but there is a great solution that I recommend to all 1.8T owners . . .
GET THE CHIP!
I just had the Garret chip installed in my 1.8T. If you thought your 1.8T was quick then think again. Completely different car (193 HP with only the chip). Absolutely smoke the VR6's - not even close. Feel the power the engine was designed to produce. Remember this is the same block, injectors, and turbo running in the Audi TT's. Can't push the pedal all the way down without spinning the wheels - insane. Had a socket installed also which allow me to replace my stock chip (a must if your dealer is not "chip friendly") Takes about 30 minutes to swap chips from start to finish. I let the salesman who sold me my car drive it today and it blew him away - had a grin from ear to ear.
WHEELS FOR SALE - Can't keep the tires from spinning! Upgrading to 17 inchers. Selling my stock 15 inch alloys with Michelan tires mounted. Rims and tires have 5K on them. Accepting offers. Easy upgrade for those silly 14 inch wheels. E-mail me with questions or for pictures.
Sep 07, 2000 (5:48 pm)
Your best bet would be to take a look at the various topics in our Sedans conference on all three vehicles you mention. An easy way to find them is to use the Topic Search feature on the left side of the page, once for each model.
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#501 of 6655 2001 Air bag controller problem
Sep 07, 2000 (7:02 pm)
I have a brand new '01 Jetta GLS that my daughter managed to have a minor accident with and discharge the front airbags. The damage was minimal; the front bumper cover was replaced. Currently, the dealer is unable to reactivate the air bag controller system. They have replaced the controller, the bags, the belts, and even the wiring harness; but still the system does not function.
Is this a common problem with Jettas? The dealer has no idea what to do next, and VW wants the car shipped to MI to replace all the wiring in the car. This seems like they really don't know how to fix the problem. It doesn't give much confidence in the company if they can't repair their own cars.
#502 of 6655 2000 Jetta VR6 5 spd experience
Sep 08, 2000 (5:25 am)
I own a 2000 Jetta Vr6 5spd, lux pkg, and leather. Before I bought my car, I checked this forum, and it worried me. But I also checked consumer reports and VW Vortex, and I put this forum into perspective. I was still nervous, but I took the plunge.
Well, I currently have 8,500 miles on my Jetta. And guess what? It's flawless. Nothing wrong, nothing to report, no rattles.
Guess how much oil it used in it's first 5,000 miles. About 3 ounces, I'd say. And in the 3,500 miles since its first oil change, I haven't even seen a slight drop in oil level.
This VR6 5spd gives me 32 mpg on the highway at 75 mph. It gave me 29 mpg doing 85-95 on a recent trip (with a 10 mph tail wind!). My combined city/highway averages no lower than 24 mpg every time.
I took my car to Colorado and up the 7,500 climb to the top of Pikes Peak before it had 1,200 miles on it. I love my car. It's been better than my girlfriend's Honda Civic.
All this said, I'd still probably avoid the 2.0L engine, and maybe the automatics.
But my late 2000 Jetta has several fixes to earlier models' problems. They redesigned the window regulators (I don't know if I have the new ones). I have the new cup holders, and the redesigned rear center seatbelt.
So I decided to check back in here and report the result of my plunge. Maybe I'm lucky. Or maybe I'm one of very few people who bother to post anything here if they have a good car.
#503 of 6655 Silver123 and Cooper
Sep 08, 2000 (7:16 pm)
I also have a VW that is flawless, except for some minor things most cars experience....bulb burnt out , new coolent sensor. Other than that no creaks, just a solid dependable car. Seems alot of people on this Forum have problems. If you go to vwvortex.com you will see very little of this.
#504 of 6655 2000 TDI experience
Sep 08, 2000 (7:40 pm)
i have owned a 99.5 2.0L GLS, and now own a 2000 TDI GLS. With a combined mileage of 13000 miles, neither have shown any of the problems people have been having.
One person mentioned the sealent coming out from the doors on hot days. This is mentioned in the owners manual as a possibility.
The only problem i have had is the power window safe-guard seems to be a little tempermental, but that is not worth worrying about till it goes in for it's big service.
So far, the engine has not put out any smoke, has started the first time since i got the car and has used no oil even when used over a couple long fast runs..
Of course, saying this will guarantee that something will go wrong later today..