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#537 of 6655 Brand New 2001 GLS 2.0
Sep 23, 2000 (3:27 am)
2001 Jetta GLS 2.0 Automatic
Cold Weather Package
Born on Date: June 2000
Color: Blue Lagoon (Blue on 10 cups of coffee)
We traded a 1991 Honda Accord LX for this little sweetheart. My wife wanted another Accord. Our Honda was an awesome car, but was beginning to show signs of its age so rather than put mega $$$ into expensive 10-11 year old maintenance we bought this Jetta.
Delivered by dealer defect-free on August 28, 2000 and remains so in its still short life of a mere 1500 miles.
Buying the car was painless and we got an awesome deal on the only Blue Lagoon Jetta in the area. People are honking and waving at us all the time (esp. other VW owners) and everyone is in awe of this beautiful color.
We took it in for its CarePoint spiffing and a half-dozen people came out of the showroom to see it. Dealer has been very accommodating. They are installing the CD changer next Tuesday.
It's almost kind of embarrassing! But, we sure love this car.
And then (after the fact) I stumble on this forum. Am I concerned? Sure, but then I would also be concerned buying a Honda these days.
My neighbor (long time Honda fan) absolutely HATES his 1999 Accord and would love to have his '91 back. Front brakes are grinding/squeaking and the airbag light is on. He says the car handles like a pig and he does not enjoy driving it at all.
When we went car shopping we never even considered another Honda due to his and other friend's problems with newer Hondas.
Anyway, we have no complaints about our Jetta so far. We stayed conservative with the GLS 2.0. I was not interested in the higher maintenance and super high fuel costs of maintaining a 1.8T or VR6. The only other consideration would be the TDI, but we fell in love with this blue!!!
Drivability vs. a Honda is no contest. The Jetta is much more of a driver's car. Today's Hondas have that sluggish, sloppy, wooshy feel of an American car.
Yes, the 2.0 doesn't have the legs that our Honda did, but the power band is different. Honda was much hotter off the line, but struggled in mid-band unless punching it pretty hard. The 2k-3k rev band for the (2.0) Jetta is awesome and nice for those country drives on the windy roads that this car just begs for.
Oh sure I'd love to have the turbo or the VR6 and put it through its paces, but I'd just wind up getting a ticket and I'm just more conservative these days, so I'll just read all the stories here.
In the meantime, I'll report in from time to time with a monthly report card and (hopefully) nothing negative to write about.
Okay...One negative thing: We have the black cloth seats. Love the seats and the cloth just looks awesome. Except that we also have 4 cats!!! You could have a 200hp vacuum and it still wouldn't suck off all the lint/hair. Cheap fix: Duct tape and 10 minutes of your time.
Sep 25, 2000 (2:03 pm)
lord have mercy, do we have another alabamian in the house? haha!
Sep 25, 2000 (6:24 pm)
Bought a 2001 VR6 about a month and a half
ago...my wife has a 2000 VR6 that has been a
dream...not the case with mine.
Off the lot, I noticed a stall between 1000 and
1500 RPM...it happened without fail, accelerating
or decelerating, in gear or out of gear. I was
told it may be the engine block and scheduled a
time to have it serviced.
Before I could bring it in for service, the
battery light came on and stayed on for an entire
day (I'm at about 500 miles at this point), at the
end of the day, returning from dinner, the car went
haywire...all of the internal warning lights were
flashing on and off, the car was revving and
decelerating on it's own and it eventually stalled
out and would not start back up, when I tried to
start it all of the warning lights, etc...flashed
on and off and all I heard was a clicking noise.
I had the car towed in a week and a half ago to
the dealership and was told that they were certain
(right) that it is a battery or, more likely,
So now I'm at war...the dealership has had the car
for over a week (10 days) and continues to tell me
that the parts that they need are on order.
Has anyone heard of problems like this with the
2000 or 2001 Jettas? I
Sep 25, 2000 (11:03 pm)
That is a true horror story! My troubles are, as of yet, less severe.
I know that it is common for the V6 to cough and sputter for a short while (on "cold mornings" most say), but is it A) common for the exhaust to also spit up a black, chalky residue at these times, or B) to continue this sputtering at stops within the first 1 hour of driving? Forgive my lack of true VW experience/knowledge, but this just doesn't seem right...
Sep 27, 2000 (12:14 pm)
I get that black stuff also. As far as sputtering after about a minute - nothing here. If you sputter after an hour you need an adjustment. If it just sputters at idle and the car runs great at all other times and you get good mpg, I would not worry too much.
But, definitly have it adjusted and don't take no for an answer....
Sep 27, 2000 (12:18 pm)
Never heard of that and I've been reading these posts for over a year. I would say it's (hopefully) one system failure - such as battery or alternator. Most problems occur within a short time of delivery due to faulty parts. And it is true that some parts are just not around. Hopefully you got a loaner.
Your dealer should be able to fix the problem and return to you a flawless car. Don't look back and enjoy the car.
#543 of 6655 advice on 91 jetta
Sep 27, 2000 (1:19 pm)
I am going to see a 91 jetta which has 106k miles on it. Any advice on this particular model car. How much should i pay for it ?
Sep 27, 2000 (5:13 pm)
A McDonald's Happy Meal!
#545 of 6655 often breakdown
Sep 27, 2000 (11:00 pm)
I have a 2000 vr6 jetta that I bought in January. It has been in the shop for over 50 days and about 10 times for the same problem. It began with a sputter when starting back in January. I was told this poor running was typical volkswagen. I began to get a rotten egg smell comming into the car that was so bad I had to roll down all the windows and air out the vehicle. Mind you this was in the winter. The car continued to missfire even after it was warm. I continued to take the car back to the shop and was told nothing was wrong with it. I attempted to pick the car up and the car was acting up so bad that I couldn't leave the dealership. The service manager came out and apologized to me for the way the car was running. The rotton egg smell was so bad that he covered his nose and backed away from the car. They have replaced just about everything on my car. From the computer to the plugs a couple of times. The last time I had it in the shop they claimed they had fixed the problem but, they didn't know exactly what the problem was. They fixed everything they could think of and the misfire was gone. Of course the car is still not right. They offered to give me a new car but no cash refund. I refused so now I have an attorney and we are filing an action against vw of america. The problem now is since I have an attorney involved they refuse to work on my vehicle that is still under warrenty. I had an apointment drove the car to the dealer when it was running poorly and they informed me they were not authorized to work on my car. My service manager wouldn't even come outside and listen to the car. I have never been so disappointed with the way a company has stood behind their product.
Sep 27, 2000 (11:30 pm)
Wow. I truly hope that my sputterin, knocking, black residue spitting V6 will not result in the same problems you have had...really discouraging stuff. Please let us all know the result of your legal action (just in case I have to follow a similar route). As with most of us, I really do like the car and would hate to see it have the same fate as yours. Best of luck in getting what you deserve...