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#1382 of 12749 Wolfsburg Edition Info from Boston
Apr 22, 2001 (4:57 pm)
I can offer up a little info to answer some questions I've seen here.
ALL Jetta's are made in Mexico. Period.
The engine and (5-speed) tranny are assembled as a unit in Germany, along with most of the parts, but the cars are assembled in Mexico. This is all posted (by law) on the window sticker, so don't believe the dealer, just look at the car. There are also manufacturer stickers on the inside driver's door that have this info.
The place where Wolfsburgs come from: Every few years, when VW is revamping the model line, they get rid of the old stuff in inventory by dropping it into a 'special' model. Back when the Golf was the top-selling car, you would see Golf WE. These cars were basically standard Golfs with all the GTI trim.
The Jetta WE is basically the same sort of deal. They are clearing out all the extra turbos and other things to make room for the new stuff. This is part of the reason for the limited numbers; they are clearing out the parts lockers, and have limited supply. Plus, 20,000 units is actually a lot of cars.
Last time they had a Wolfsburg was 1998, just before the A4 body style came out. It looks like a good deal: You get a lot of stuff for (relatively) cheap money. Look closely, and you'll see that a lot of the upgrades are (once again) GTI gear. Leather wheel, leather stick, turbo engine...
(BTW, this is the same engine that has been in the Audi A4 since 1994. It's well-tested and lasts forever. And it's built on the same line.)
Price: I am picking up my 2001 Red Jetta WE with sunroof, Monsoon, Cold Weather package (useless!). black interior and 6-CD changer this week. I am paying $20490 plus tax and title. This includes the changer. Sticker is 21,640 plus $495 for the CD changer(rape!) = 22,135. This is the Boston, MA area. You should be able to find these cars for about $100 over invoice, although I've seen ads in the paper allegedly hawking them for less.
Reliability: Funny thing about VW's: People either love them or hate them. I don't get it. This will be my 4th VW. My wife drives a 2000 New Beetle(silver, of course). We love these cars and have had no problems with them. Just so you don't think "wow! 4 VW's! They must break down a lot" The first was a '72 camper with over 250,000 miles on it, the second was a 1990 Golf with 150,000 miles on it. They both ran great when I sold them; no rust, no rot, and everything worked.
My third VW, a Red 2000 Golf GLS, died a horrible death 3 weeks ago when I got sandwiched between a Jeep and an Olds. The Jeep in front of me stopped, I stopped, the Olds behind me hammered me going 60. The car drove great, ran great, and not a single item on the car gave me problems in the year that I owned it. The only good thing to come out of the weeks of Hell(Hell, by the way, is dealing with an insurance company, so Sartre was partly correct), is that I now get to drive a new VW with the turbo engine.
One personal note: I prefer the Golf. It has a certain quirky personality that appeals to me. Plus, you can fit a refrigerator in the hatch (only a slight exagerration.) But for the money, the WE comes with far too many cool features to turn away. Plus, it is impossible to find a turbo Golf GLS with the sport suspension (I like 4 doors).
I am totally psyched about the Wolfsburg Edition. I know from experience that VW's are well built cars that last. Add the great engine, awesome handling, and kicking Monsoon stereo, and you are truly experiencing Farhvergnugen.
My apologies for my utter lack of brevity.
Apr 22, 2001 (5:50 pm)
Are you saying that since the Wolfsburg is being offered they are doing a drastic change in the Jetta next model year? To an A5 body style perhaps?? The A4 style is only in it's third year right now...
Apr 22, 2001 (8:21 pm)
I don't think that they are changing from the A4, but they are changing the 1.8T to a 180 HP monster. They are also changing the standard stereo(to include a CD player), the standard feature package on the GTI, and quite a few things on the Jetta and Golf.
I'm not clairvoyant, but historically(and this has been verified by VW sales people, for whatever that's worth) the Wolfsburg only comes out when VW is making big feature package changes. Check out vwvortex.com and other such sites for more info.
#1385 of 12749 WALKABOUT24.....search...
Apr 22, 2001 (11:17 pm)
Go to www.cars.com and click onto "Research a car" tab, enter "Volkswagen","2001","JETTA", hit the "go-to" and then to the "find dealer" go to. THIS will allow you to find a dealer within the mileage of YOUR ZIP CODE ! If you select 300 or more miles, it will list dealers in Chicago, Memphis, Nashville, Kansas City, Louisville and Indianapolis etc. Some of these dealers have a way to look at their inventory on-line. Most all of them have an -map to help pinpoint their street location. Illinois shows a bunch of dealers. This is how I located my dealer in Texas. When U call one in a certain area don't call his neighbor unless the pricing is outrageous. This is because if too many dealers next to each other try to tackle the same car it could be counter-productive. Also the dealer in a large area will want to do a dealer trade so each dealer can keep their holdback monies from the factory. If one dealer just buys a car from another and sells it to you, then you will pay a higher price since your selling dealer gets no holdback but the dealer they got it from does. So ask one of these stores what amt over invoice they are willing to do to locate/dealer trade for your choice of Jetta. When you find the right #'s then hand that dealer the ball. If they drop it, then hand off to another. Maybe if you contact a dealer in each of these cities then they won't bump into each other. Call at least maybe 2-3 in Chicagoland since it is a big market. If you have any other questions then email me from my profile...
#1386 of 12749 WALKABOUT24
Apr 23, 2001 (7:30 am)
I have a 2001 GLX with the steering wheel controls. I did exhaustive research on the steering wheel controls and their compatibility with an after market DC Changer as I didn't want to shell out the 450+ for a dealer installed one. Anyway, what I found out is that the steering wheel controls are directly connected to the stereo (head unit). So if your after market DC Changer works with the controls on the head unit, it'll work with the steering wheel controls as well. As for mine... I ended up just getting an in-dash DC which works fine. Good Luck!
#1387 of 12749 Spell Check!
Apr 23, 2001 (7:31 am)
FYI: The spell check changed all my "CD"'s to "DC"'s.... technology...
#1388 of 12749 rear cupholders?
Apr 23, 2001 (11:32 am)
How can you NOT find your the rear cupholders folks? *sigh*, Why is it important anyway? They are of No use. To whoever was asking I paid 20,100 for my Galactic blue/beige interior moonroof/monsoon/heated seats before tt and l. it was like 21,300 total. Also, don't bother with dealer installed options, way too expensive. For the price of the dealer cd player I put in a sony mobile es explode cdx 650 in my car. Fully LCD face, colors match Perfectly, plus you can keep the lil kubby hole there. Motorized face with remote etc. Keep the stock stereo and put in an aftermarket cd, the stock stereo just slides right out, all you need is a little tool you could get from crutchfield.com. kay? ;I
8,100 MILES AND COUNTING~!
#1389 of 12749 WOLFSBURG RIM HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Apr 23, 2001 (2:22 pm)
I just bought a Wolfsburg and I don't like the rims...... I prefer the 6 spoke alloy wheels..... How can I change them? Where should I go? Any ideas?
#1390 of 12749 wolfsburg rims
Apr 23, 2001 (3:40 pm)
BBS Wheels are very nice, I love mine, I dont know why you would want to change them =/. Tirerack.com is where you'd go if you wanna order/see what other wheels would look like. I'm sure you could sell your BBS wheels for some decent change, they are expensive.
#1391 of 12749 Why buy a WE if you don't like the rims?
Apr 23, 2001 (3:55 pm)
That's one of the car's value props!