Last post on Apr 02, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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Volkswagen Jetta, Car Buying, Sedan
#3 of 9 Re: Do 1999-2003 Jetta's have known issues? (100k+) [bpeebles]
Jan 15, 2011 (8:59 pm)
Thanks for detailed answer!
I took this car today for a test drive
The car looks, sounds, and drives very nice, has good power, I was wondering if all the replaced parts means it's in good shape, or perhaps there are different problems needing attention, I mean, would it be safer to get a car that hasn't had allot of work done or vise versa, Thanks!
#4 of 9 Re: Do 1999-2003 Jetta's have known issues? (100k+) [benflat]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jan 16, 2011 (10:05 am)
I'd ask about the modifications - the non-stock parts. Were they self-installed, or done professionally?
To be honest, none of us can answer this kind of question about an individual vehicle we haven't seen. Each used car is unique, and anticipated issues can be related to care & maintenance... and luck.
If you are strongly considering this vehicle, I'd recommend asking to take it to a local mechanic for a check. Some of the recent services have been listed, which is nice, but it's hard to tell if belts and other components have been replaced as needed.
#6 of 9 Re: Do 1999-2003 Jetta's have known issues? (100k+) [kirstie_h]
Aug 17, 2011 (6:42 am)
I second this. Look for a garage that does VW repairs, or at the very least European cars.
I have found such specialists in every city I have lived in - even now in Red Wing, MN (pop about 20k) there is a European-specialty repair shop that has proven his worth in maintaining my car.
I bought a 2001 VW Jetta Wagon last year and brought it to my VW shop and they identified three major areas that needed service right off the bat - timing belt, brakes (easy for any mechanic) and a leak issue with the sunroof.
Why? because they knew to look for this stuff.
As they did the timing belt repair - they also discovered that one of my two cooling fans were not working.
All said, a little over $1000 invested after the purchase and my car has been running solid ever since...but had I brought it to them before the purchase - I wouldn't have missed those issues and I could have either not bought the car or negotiated a fair price.
All in all, I like my little wagon and it has been solid since I let my mechanics spruce it up.
Aug 31, 2011 (2:42 pm)
Hi everyone...hopefully someone has some insight to what can be wrong with my car
I've had my car for a couple of years and just recently I have run into a problem with my transmission.
This is basically what is going on. I drive 40 miles to work when I drive in the morning and there is no traffic the car is fine. But in the afternoon when there is traffic the rpm gauge drops rapidly and bounces right back up to where it was once I let off the gas. Then after a while the rpm hiatus jumps to 4-5000 rpms when I'm only going 60 miles per hour and doesn't shift at all......but if I turn off my car and turn it back on it shifts normally . It only happens after awhile in traffic and always around the same stretch of highway. At first it had a check engine light when I took it in for service. When i went to pick it up they said nothing was wrong and the check engine light hasn't come back yet....any ideas?
#8 of 9 Re: 2001 Jetta gls [natalie171017]
Sep 19, 2011 (8:06 am)
I own 2001 jetta have heard and or experienced problems. Ignition coils were recalled 99to03 , problem on cars with cruise control. Both issues caused problems like: rpm surge, loss of power and stalling even while at high speed. some cars would accelerate on their own, ( guess the cruise control would activate unexpectedly, and accelerate to last set speed. This recall was for exterior lighting,hazard flashing warning light switch. As far as the check engine light, mine started coming on right after driving my new jetta off the lot. Had oxygen sensor replaced twice before warranty was up. Have not had check engine come on since. Hope this was helpful. Good Luck!!!!
#9 of 9 98 Jetta GL 5-SP Transmission Noise?
Apr 02, 2012 (11:27 am)
I have an older base model Jetta GL that has had repeated transmission issues. At 91K, it has been replaced/rebuilt twice already. We are hoping to hang onto the car since my son will be driving soon, but don't know if it is worth the cost to fix? When the car is running but you are not engaging the gas pedal (so, coasting), a whirring, or clicking (like a card-in-the-bike-spokes kind of noise) occurs at the front end. We were told by our mechanic that it sounds like a transmission problem. Don't know whether to gamble and take it in to a tranny shop, as you never know the cost of the repair until they open up the transmission, and by then you are in too far to back out. Could it be something simple, or something other than the transmission? All gears still shift okay, and it was replaced ONLY about 6K miles ago...out of warranty as it is a spare car and we hit the 12 month expire on the warranty well before the mileage expiration. The rebuild included a new clutch kit. Any thoughts? Thanks.....