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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#11631 of 12749 My Jetta Experiance
Sep 06, 2003 (10:03 am)
I am posting this message to express my experience with VW, I am in no way bashing VW (to each their own) but I believe when getting ready to purchase a new car one should read all comments good and bad, I failed to do proper research when buying my car and learned an expensive lesson. I purchased a 1997 Jetta GT and when I bought the car I thought it was one of the slickest looking cars on the road (I still do like the way they look) but I had nothing but problems, Exhaust problems at 40,000 miles, rubber body molding never stayed on (I still notice most Jettas for that year and older are driving around with no rubber body molding) Air conditioning system crapped out at 50,000 miles, the starter shortly there after and the clutch was slipping at 60,000 miles and at 65,000 miles the clutch was hangin on by a thread. (yes I do know how to drive a standard transmission I have only ever owned 2 A/T and my first honda had 160,000 miles when I sold it and the clutch was still tip top) I learned real that VW is expensive to repair, I dumped the car at 65,000 miles. I did most of my research after the fact and was amazed to learn that a lot of VW owners shared most of the same problems that I experianced, but what is even more amazing is that some people I talk to who own a VW (new and old) tell me that they have a lot of problems with their car but they still love it and would by another one and recommend one to anyone who is thinking of purchasing a new car. I am glad that those of you who own a VW are happy with them, and I hope those of you who are thinking of purchasing a VW have great success with them and also please take the time to do your research.
#11632 of 12749 rc7762...
Sep 06, 2003 (1:47 pm)
In spite of the problems I had with the car, I still loved mine as well for the way it drove and felt inside. I didn't get another because I need something that's going to be reliable, not cost an arm and 6 legs to work on, and I also wanted better customer service.
Also, all of the MKIII (1993-early 99) VWs had problems with the body moldings staying on. Every time I see one on the road, at least one of the moldings is either hanging off the side or gone completely.
Sep 06, 2003 (2:09 pm)
I appreciate your response, I also was pleased with some aspects of my Jetta but the few things that I liked could never convince me to ever own another VW.
Sep 06, 2003 (2:43 pm)
no matter how good a car looks to me or how it drives, it simply is now worth the hassles of going through trying to keep it running or keep repairing, something that alot of vw owners have experience at. you want reliabilty shoot for a honda,toyota,ext if you must drive vw be prepared to deal with major reliability issues.
Sep 06, 2003 (5:30 pm)
I could not agree with you more!! that is why I went back to old reliable and purchased my second civic.
#11636 of 12749 Steven...
Sep 07, 2003 (5:11 pm)
I actually was in a local car club that helped me alot when needing maintenance on the VW at a cheaper price, but I didn't feel I should be giving more money to a company that is so lacking in their quality control and customer service areas.
Sep 08, 2003 (5:20 am)
wow. what a loaded statement. just making sure here: you drive a CHRYSLER, right?
let us know how that works out. i think you will find that the disposable transmissions are pretty pricey too
i can't talk - i just dumped my third VW for a Honda. yes, i just entered my 30's....haha.
Sep 08, 2003 (6:39 am)
So the cabrio is gone too? Replaced by an Accord EX? You change cars as often as liz taylor gets a new husband.
Sep 08, 2003 (7:09 am)
the Cabrio was great fun. if you weren't needing to pass anyone or carry passengers.
i have come to the conclusion (a little late) that convertibles are best as SECOND cars. my next convertible will be a used Miata, base model. so glad i bought the Cabrio used...
the Accord is great so far. FAST.