2001 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews
2001 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews and Owner Comments
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Every component except the Engine and Transmission are cheap and unreliable. Everything from the Fuel system to the Lock tumblers falls apart. It is a never ending money suck. I feel unethical selling this car just knowing that something else is going to break the next time someone touches it.
purchased in 2001 volkswagen jetta 1.8 turbo gls.... nothing but humongous piles of s***... I have had the car for 32 days and the other day it started getting hot check engine light coors light came on... replace oil cooler and a timing belt serpentine belt... water pump... twice I've had to fix oil cooler because of oil keeps going into my overflow.... now it's going out and it's very sluggish I'm having so many problems with this car I would rather smash into 1,000,000 pieces everdrive another 1..... goto everybody thinking of buying a volkswagen jetta please thank again because I bought mine for 4500 can I put 1200 into it and counting is sitting in my driveway and I haven't been able to drive it is a huge pile of crap... not to mention the handle on the driver door is broke off the glove compartment clippers broke up orders broke speakers blown in the center console is broke.... if anybody has had problems please let them on here because I know everybody I know has these problems everyone who talks about off so I can talk about how big are piles of s*** they are
Worst piece of crap i have ever owned......will never...EVER...buy a Volks again........plastic propeller for water pump broke into pieces at 80K......been nighmare ever since......one thing after another.....coil packs.....sensors.....top end rebuilt....both fans replaced....front cowl......got a glove box full of repairs.....prolly spent 5-6k in repairs since bought it.........has 150k on it now......manifold leak now.....been sitting last 2 yrs....until i decide on next move.....figure if i dont drive it....nuttin else will break...
My 2001 Jetta was new when I got it and 9 years later, I really haven't had any problems with it..But as I'm reading other ppls stories I felt the need to give some advice. They "Crayon" smell is just a sign the cabin filter needs to be replaced..It actually never bothered me but of course it was a "suggested" replacement when I needed my air conditioner serviced because it wasnt cold..It just needed freon..But the Cabin filter is an inexpensive replacement if the smell bothers you. One day my engine light came on and the shop I brought it to said my whole catalytic converter needed to be changed based on the error message the diagnostc test gave. It was so costly I nearly started to cry..But I always call around and get other estimates & it turns out there was a recall on the switch that causes that sensor to go off.. A FREE change at the dealer. As I went to get an oil change last week, the shop told me I needed to change the front control arm on my car b/c the bushings were worn. As the LOOK of horror could be seen on my face, the mechanic advised there is a CHEAPER route & that was to just change the bushings since my control arms were not bent..(And why would they be, Ive never been in an accident or hit a curb too hard). But just an indication, they price on the bushings the repair ship gave was $112.56 EACH, and I just bought them for $11.56 ea, $25.00 WITH tax for 2.. My point of all this is...Don't believe anything a mechanic tells you! Their job is to make money prey on ppl that dont know any better!! i know nothing about cars much less German cars..Ive had American, Japanese and now German & I love the ride of my Jetta! Get second opinions and find a mechanic you can trust! Buy a maintenance bood and make easy replacements yourself! You'll save a boatload of money and you'll LOVE your Jetta as much as I do!
This car, even though it is well taken care of, just seems to fall apart. I will never buy a VW again.
I ASK THAT ANYONE THAT HAS HAD ANY PROBLEM AND OWN THE A VW CALL 1-800-822-8987 VW OF AMERICA I HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS WITH THIS CAR REPLACED ENGINE TRANSMISSION AND NOW FUSE BOX MELTED AND ALMOST BURNED MY WHOLE CAR UP ..VW SAYS NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE REPORT THE PROBLEM TO THEM SO THEY CAN RECALL... SO I AM PERSONALLY MAKING IT MY JOB FOR THE NEXT YEAR TO GIVE THIS # OUT TO ALL POSSIBLE ON THREADS SITES AND GOOGLE CALL IT IN PLEASE THELL WANT YOUR VIN AND NAME ! AND EVENTUALLY WE CAN ALL GET ARE RECALLS ON!!!!!!
I am so sick of VW I will never buy another VW again, everyone is having the same issues and they will not recall, its always something with this car, I should have bought a Honda
have had nothing but trouble with engine since purchasing
Just like several posts down - I bought a 2001 Jetta 2.0 L GLS for my teen daughter. The car hasn't been the most reliable car I've ever own. Headlight lamps ($200 each), had to be replaced not because they burned out... but because the UV rays from the Sun fogged up the plasic lens covering. Cooling Fans, alternators, AC compressor, and the battery needed to be replaced and seemed to wear out faster than they should. At 95000, just had to spend $2500 to rebuild the top half of the engine. The Chain Tensioner failed... which caused the chain to hop several teeth on the cam, causing a piston to slap an exhaust value. Driver door window motor replaced twice, along with the window lift assembly (actuator), rear bulbs are a monthy replacement deal, and that crayon smell is from the wax sealant in the doors and undercoating (for sound and moisture seal) melts during the summer. Stinks up the car (no matter how many airfresheners you put in it) and runs down the driveway. Guess German engineering... is NOT made for 115 degrees in the shade in southern California. Although I like the safety (side airbags) and the safety cage (tank-like) body, I won't buy another VW... ever.
I would not buy a Jetta or VW again. I have had many repairs, including broken clips on both front windows, cat converter, window moter , hub caps (fall off easily), window seals leak, tail lights burn out often, etc. My car is truly a lemon.
Great car!! I have a 2001 Jetta TDI and the only problems I've encountered are the cheap plastic clips that hold the windows up...they WILL break! I read a review about this before I bought mine, and sure enough my driver-door window fell down into my door about six months after I bought my Jetta! Brake, tail, and headlights seem to "burn" out quite frequently, but are an easy repair. Also the air mass flow filter needed replaced at about 100,000 miles..made my car have no pick-up or power at all! Try to get that fixed while you still have a warranty!! Honestly though I have no complaints and would buy VW again. Oh yea, and my car smelled like crayons forever!!!
i bought my jetta with 50k. replaced coil packs which is expected with the milage i have now. also some evap system hoses. other than typical repair this car is solid, fun, comfortable, and oh yea my 20valve 1.8 turbo is fast.
Bought this car used 7 months ago for our teenage daughter. Liked the idea of side airbags, and she loved the sunroof. First time we had it towed, cost $700 for a new fuel pump. Second time it was towed was for a broken axle. Third trip to the garage cost us another $200. Sunroof no longer works, door panels keep coming loose, headliner falling. The catalytic converter needs to be replaced, and I can't afford it. Inside was filthy when we got it and I thought we could clean it up with no problem, but absolutely nothing will clean the vinyl - its sticky and gross. Have tried commercial cleaners, soap & water, goo gone, alcohol. And, like an earlier post said, ours smells like crayons, too. I'm disappointed in my purchase and we're going to sell it because I can't afford the upkeep. Its not the reliable car that I thought I was getting.
overall good car except for the electrical system