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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#9373 of 12749 Target...
Nov 26, 2002 (12:46 pm)
There are alot of people in the MD/DC/VA area that I have met and talked to through VWVortex.com, and not alot of them seem to have trouble with their cars. There is one regional get-together weekly around my area, with about 20 or so people, all either Jettas or Golfs. Only 2 or 3 of them have had their cars in the shop for anything. The years range from 1997 to 2002.5. So on the whole, it seems that VWs are pretty reliable.
Also, as everyone says, most people will come to a forum and complain more than people will write something positive. I personally do both. I think it's unacceptable for VW not to recall their cals for faulty ignition coil packs on 1.8Ts (I am literally the 30th or so person I know with a 1.8T with bad coils, and have even been told by a VW tech that they know about it). They should have also recalled the cars for the window regulator problems instead of telling owners that they will replace the part WHEN something happens to it.
I like my car alot, despite the problems I have had with it. Am I going to keep it until 100K+ miles? Probably not, due to the experience with this particular car. I drive an average of 25-30K miles per year, and am not willing to take the chance of having a car that's in the shop with stuff that I have to pay for to be repaired. If I would have not had any problems with the car to date (1 year, 25.5K miles), I would definitely keep it.
Now the TDIs seem to be extremely reliable, although I don't know about taking another gamble on a VW, with the probability of getting a crappy one.
Nov 26, 2002 (1:32 pm)
I look at this fun vs. reliability like I look at my girlfriend. Its/shes not always perfect (I have had 0 problems so far BTW, but know something is gonna crop up eventually), I still get a great deal of enjoyment just seeing my Passat parked in my parking lot and enjoying the comfort and style I drive every day. I have owned a Ford Explorer, Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Regal, and Chevy Cavalier and can not say this about any of them after 18 months after purchase. They were just cars after a few months.
Nov 26, 2002 (2:00 pm)
I know what you mean. I have owned a Dodge Aries (first car), 2 Pontiac Bonnevilles, a Chevy Cavalier, and 2 Mazda Proteges. I prefer the Jetta to all of them. The brunt of issues with my own car have been rattles, which have all been fixed, so they are no longer issues.
Now if I don't have any major problems before the 50K warranty expires, then I will gladly keep the car until something major goes wrong, or I get something else. I guess we will have to see.
#9376 of 12749 Stocked 2003 Jetta VRS
Nov 26, 2002 (6:53 pm)
My car is hot. In manual it goes 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. It has instint power with no lag and I surpass all the crappy Minivans, SUV's and race car wanna be's. I also installed the Super White Xenon lights. Awesome response. This car has all the gadets that James Bond would kill for. If you get a car get the Titanium Platinum look, put on low mudflaps and 6 disc CD changer, warm up the heated seats, open the sunroof. Now your enjoying the "People's Car"
Nov 27, 2002 (4:04 am)
It took me almost 15 years to get over my love affair with my old Saab. I owned that car for one year from September 1985 to September 1986. Great car, extremely comfortable, extremely well-handling, a driver's car.
Except for the blown rear main seal (twice), the faulty fuel injectors (Bosch K-Jetronic), the brake pads that FELL OFF the front left wheel during a mountain trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway which, by the time I made it down the mountains, had eaten up my rotors beyond repair and caused a $500 repair bill, the timing chain that stretched and wore into my engine block causing another $1,200 damage, and last but not least, the manual tranny that lost a needle bearing at 70,000 miles and caused the main tranny shaft to go pretzeling inside the tranny -- 3 weeks in a rental and another $1,200. Great car. Very safe. Yep.
Gotta love those little "surprises."
After reading some of your stories here, it seems Europe still has a way of making very fun-to-drive, safe, comfortable cars. But the reliability factor still seems to be a problem.
Nov 27, 2002 (5:09 am)
Well, I got my car back last night and all seems to be fixed. The metal rattle sound ended up being some sort of cover over my oil pan. It had worked its ay loose. My dash is now totally intact.
#9379 of 12749 Stumper for today...
Nov 27, 2002 (5:59 am)
Ok, time to put your minds to work. We'll take Daily Jetta Problem for $800 Alex ..... Today it is snowing here and when my jetta makes turns, it sounds like there is something shifting from one side of the engine compartment to the other. Like if you put something in a box and then tilted the box back and forth. It took my mind of the rattles at least.
#9380 of 12749 Meade...
Nov 27, 2002 (8:27 am)
I was looking through my issue of the 2003 Buyer's Guide from Consumer Reports last night at home. I realized that all but one European brand car (a BMW, but I can't rememeber which one) was rated average for predicted reliability. Even the 3-Series was rated worse than average. Oh, the Passat was rated average as well.
And on top of that, there were only a handful of cars out there with much better than average predicted reliability. And one of them was a Buick Regal! I remember when they were one of the worst cars on the road. Now, they are one of the most reliable. So is the Impala. I was really surprised when I read that one.
Everyone talks about the Americans having crappy cars, when in reality they are improving past some other makers out there.
Nov 27, 2002 (8:30 am)
the Buick is rated so high because the ignorant Q-Tips driving them have no complaints, even though they are a crappy car.
I wonder if Buick will be around in a few years, or if the younger generations will actually migrate to driving Buicks when they get blue hair.
#9382 of 12749 Target...
Nov 27, 2002 (8:35 am)
Everyone used to say the same thing about Oldsmobile. Look how they turned themselves around in the past few years. And then the idiots at GM go and kill the brand off. Maybe they should have killed off Buick instead.
I remember, about 2 years ago, sitting in the front seat of a Regal. The car was really big and roomy. But I didn't want a Buick (I was 23 at the time) because I always thought them to be frumpy.
And that "Q-tip" comment was a bit politically incorrect, don't you think?