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Volkswagen Cabrio, Volkswagen Cabriolet, Brakes, Electrical, Interior, Oil, Suspension, Transmission, Convertible
#35 of 53 It's not just the Cabrio
Jun 06, 2003 (4:03 am)
My, 1999 Jetta GL has been a huge problem from day one, I am getting ready to get rid of it after having to replace the tranny the fuel tank, the Mass air flow regulator, the window regulators multiple times, it flys through brakes, the suspension is jacked and my water pump siezed last saturday destroying the timing belt and making the car undrivable. I would like to make the point these are just the big problems. Now I am left with a car sitting in the shop for god knows how long because even though the water pump is under warranty, it is back ordered, and VW refuses to give me a loaner car despite the fact it is a warrantied issue, because that option expires at 25,000 miles. I should also make the point my sister, her fiance, and my brother also have the same model Jetta's (we bout them all within a couple months of each other) and all of us regret it!
Jun 06, 2003 (7:08 am)
I read about them, the more the current and recent Jettas and Beetles seem like boutique cars: nice to look at, nice to sit in, fun to drive around the block the dealer is located on, but just not up to the task of daily driver, year in and year out.
#37 of 53 forums are forums
Jun 07, 2003 (12:29 am)
... except when you realize that forums like this are there to discuss problems and do not reflect statistical measures of reliability.
Would you like to hear about my gas-mising, ten-year old Golf that costs me way more for gas, tax, and insurance etc. than purchase price depriciation and repairs?
Jun 07, 2003 (4:13 am)
"... except when you realize that forums like this are there to discuss problems and do not reflect statistical measures of reliability."
I would say discussing reliability issues is discussing a problem.
#39 of 53 And although I'm a VW fan
Jun 07, 2003 (6:11 am)
(having owned 13 various models), in my position, I see more VW cases than I do Ford, GM and Chrysler combined - consider the huge difference in sales numbers for VW products versus the big three, even in a metroplitan area like Philly and the three surrounding states.
Your older VW is the exception, not the rule - the current models are WAY behind the mark on reliability.
#40 of 53 1991 Cab. problem
Jun 24, 2003 (4:30 pm)
My daughter is in S. Cal. in college and her 91 ca. check eng. light came on. Nobody out there can put this car on a Diagonostic Machine ie: PEP Boys etc. just the dealer. 4 sensors indicated faults. O2, mass air flow, throttle position sensor and water temp. = $1,200 to START maybe more per Dealer. Then I can't get parts for this car except the Dealer ie: NAPA nor PEP Boys can get these parts. Buy NISSAN and Toyota, I had 2 and they ran for 245,000m and 145,000m no failures.
#41 of 53 that's bloody high for the sensors
Jun 24, 2003 (5:30 pm)
sensors wear out, 'tis true. but these four pricey little stinkers all at once? gawd.
#42 of 53 Might just be a bad harness
Jun 24, 2003 (5:51 pm)
throwing bad codes, too. This is a good time for a one-hour diag session at a good private mechanic. Get the real story, not just guesses from parts installers based on whatever came up on the old code machine.
Jun 25, 2003 (1:17 pm)
Unless this car was recently hit by lightning I really don't think those codes are correct.
#44 of 53 I would stay away...
Jun 26, 2003 (6:30 am)
From the discount chain stores. If you are unhappy with the VW dealer, at least find a good independant who specializes in VW's.