Are Jettas good cars?

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    Dec 16, 2010 4:07 PM GMT
    I'm looking to spend $5,000 MAX on a used car. I'm thinking of a 2000-2003 Volkswagen Jetta. Good or bad idea?
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    Dec 16, 2010 4:33 PM GMT
    the mexico assembled jettas have a ...spotty...reliability rate....seems like after 40,000 miles they either run forver or slowly, irrritatingly fall apart in your driveway, with various electrical and/or mechanical gremlins. icon_cry.gif

    i've had "jetta lust" for the last 4 years; but i'm not going to spend the bucks for an unreliable car.

    the german assembled jettas seem to stay together much better...but these are usually the diesel models.

    making it worse, the years you are looking at are at the bottom end of jetta reliability.
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    Dec 16, 2010 4:43 PM GMT
    rnch saidmaking it worse, the years you are looking at are at the bottom end of jetta reliability.

    Concur. Consumer reports rates them Worse Than Average as a used car, and Much Worse Than Average (the lowest rating of 5 possible) in these areas:

    - engine cooling
    - fuel system
    - electrical
    - body hardware
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    Dec 16, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    I would also say no unless you are an excellent mechanic, or you can get it with an extended warranty.
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    Dec 16, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    seems like ANYTHING assembled in Mexico turn out to be unreliable, troublsome POS's.

    my mexican built Frigidaire (once a highly sought after, beloved high quality kitchen appliance!) brand side by side refridgerator/freezer has been a noisy, troublesome lump of irritation since the day it was delivered.

    sure am glad i didn't notice that the salesperson snuck in the extended warranty on this steaming pile of trash! it's more than paid for itself.

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    Dec 16, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
    The best is to Google up on consumer reports on used cars.

    Cross reference that with your local used car magazine and cross check.

    Also when it comes to used cars, make sure you looked at the car first hand. Plus ask the owner if u can take it for a spin. That way you can detect any problems while she is running.
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    Dec 16, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidThe best is to Google up on consumer reports on used cars.

    Cross reference that with your local used car magazine and cross check.

    Also when it comes to used cars, make sure you looked at the car first hand. Plus ask the owner if u can take it for a spin. That way you can detect any problems while she is running.


    thanks, Captain Obvious.

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    Dec 16, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    No it's not a good car. They require a lot of maintenance ... Your better off buying a used Acura, Honda or Nissan of comparable nature. It will last you longer.
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    Dec 16, 2010 5:43 PM GMT
    cowboycasanova saidI'm looking to spend $5,000 MAX on a used car. I'm thinking of a 2000-2003 Volkswagen Jetta. Good or bad idea?


    If you buy a used jetta I will hunt you down and beat you with a size 16 shoe. One of the worst cars on the road, period.
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    Dec 16, 2010 5:46 PM GMT
    I've had no problems with mine
    But I am not too hot on dealing with Volkswagen dealers
    When it comes to maintenance
    Everything is a hassle with them
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    Dec 16, 2010 5:47 PM GMT
    TawlBlond said
    If you buy a used jetta I will hunt you down and beat you with a size 16 shoe. One of the worst cars on the road, period.


    ...who said it was a myth?
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    Dec 16, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    rnch saidseems like ANYTHING assembled in Mexico turn out to be unreliable, troublsome POS's.

    my mexican built Frigidaire (once a highly sought after, beloved high quality kitchen appliance!) brand side by side refridgerator/freezer has been a noisy, troublesome lump of irritation since the day it was delivered.

    sure am glad i didn't notice that the salesperson snuck in the extended warranty on this steaming pile of trash! it's more than paid for itself.

    icon_eek.gif


    You must be referring to the men, seeing as the Ford Fusion is built in mexico, and it beats the shit out of that lame ass camry you posted about. Higher initial quality and higher reliability ratings, all while looking and driving much better.
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    rnch said
    Fivealive saidThe best is to Google up on consumer reports on used cars.

    Cross reference that with your local used car magazine and cross check.

    Also when it comes to used cars, make sure you looked at the car first hand. Plus ask the owner if u can take it for a spin. That way you can detect any problems while she is running.


    thanks, Captain Obvious.



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    Dec 16, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    i know people who swear by VW.
    They drove their jettas well over 300,000km , or Golf .

    I'd love a TDI but i don't have that extra cash for a car and i'm also concerned about the infamous electrical issues of VW . But i love the style. damn .

    My cousin has a New Beetle , bought used, and it's doing fine. She's had some repairs made, but any car will need some .

    i'm getting another car in April but i might go Hyundai again. For the money , they're a good deal. I have a Sonata v6 2002 right now and it's pretty hassle free , except it's a fucking guzzler.
    getting tired of spending $80/week on gas .
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    Dec 16, 2010 8:48 PM GMT
    TawlBlond said
    rnch saidseems like ANYTHING assembled in Mexico turn out to be unreliable, troublsome POS's.

    my mexican built Frigidaire (once a highly sought after, beloved high quality kitchen appliance!) brand side by side refridgerator/freezer has been a noisy, troublesome lump of irritation since the day it was delivered.

    sure am glad i didn't notice that the salesperson snuck in the extended warranty on this steaming pile of trash! it's more than paid for itself.

    icon_eek.gif


    You must be referring to the men, seeing as the Ford Fusion is built in mexico, and it beats the shit out of that lame ass camry you posted about. Higher initial quality and higher reliability ratings, all while looking and driving much better.


    we'll just have to wait and see what "street rep" a mexican assembled Fix Or Repair Daily has in 8 to 10 years.....

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  • rnch

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    Dec 16, 2010 8:51 PM GMT
    TawlBlond said... all while looking and driving much better.


    WHY anyone wants to drive a car that has the grille of a disposeable razor is beyond me.... icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 16, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    I've got an '02 Jetta (It's sort of in my pics), have put 80,000 miles on it, and only had to change the tires and oil. It's a VR6, which uses a little more gas (20 something mpg) but it's got a lot of pep and still looks good.

    I think Volkswagen customers tend to be more particular and nit-picky and hence more apt to report problems than say a domestic car owner. I dunno, maybe I just got a really good one. But I love my car and will by another V-dub, probably the Golf GTI.
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    Dec 16, 2010 9:57 PM GMT
    One of my friends drove a 2000 jetta. She had a ton of problems with it. It seemed like it was always in the shop for one reason or another.

    Curious as to whether you're buying it from the owner or a dealership. I probably wouldn't buy used if there's no warranty or service plan available, regardless of the make of car but maybe that's just me.
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    Dec 16, 2010 10:04 PM GMT
    rnch saidthe mexico assembled jettas have a ...spotty...reliability rate....seems like after 40,000 miles they either run forver or slowly, irrritatingly fall apart in your driveway, with various electrical and/or mechanical gremlins. icon_cry.gif

    i've had "jetta lust" for the last 4 years; but i'm not going to spend the bucks for an unreliable car.

    the german assembled jettas seem to stay together much better...but these are usually the diesel models.

    making it worse, the years you are looking at are at the bottom end of jetta reliability.



    I think this is pretty accurate. I love my Jetta but it's a non-diesel edition that was assembled in Germany, not Mexico. Haven't had a problem with it! I would be very careful about an early-2000s model.

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    Dec 16, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    Ravco saidI've got an '02 Jetta (It's sort of in my pics), have put 80,000 miles on it, and only had to change the tires and oil. It's a VR6, which uses a little more gas (20 something mpg) but it's got a lot of pep and still looks good....


    i believer that the vr6 jettas were all assembed in the fatherland, not in tacoland?
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    Dec 16, 2010 11:30 PM GMT
    Why a Jetta? I've heard (and witnessed) the aforementioned issues with two of my coworkers' cars back in the US.

    Get a Passat, you get more room, and they were all made in Germany.
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    Dec 17, 2010 3:56 AM GMT
    So I guess the general consensus is that they suck lol. icon_sad.gif

    Andreas73 saidWhy a Jetta? I've heard (and witnessed) the aforementioned issues with two of my coworkers' cars back in the US.

    Get a Passat, you get more room, and they were all made in Germany.


    Well, I was looking into a Jetta because I heard they drive really nice, and I want a 4-cylinder that is good on gas because I will be commuting to school next semester on, and will be driving probably over almost an hour a day.

    I also like how they look, different than the typical old Honda/Toyota.
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    Dec 17, 2010 4:19 AM GMT
    cowboycasanova saidSo I guess the general consensus is that they suck lol. icon_sad.gif

    Andreas73 saidWhy a Jetta? I've heard (and witnessed) the aforementioned issues with two of my coworkers' cars back in the US.

    Get a Passat, you get more room, and they were all made in Germany.


    Well, I was looking into a Jetta because I heard they drive really nice, and I want a 4-cylinder that is good on gas because I will be commuting to school next semester on, and will be driving probably over almost an hour a day.

    I also like how they look, different than the typical old Honda/Toyota.


    Sorry to sound like a Dad, but when you're spending no more than $5000 on a car that you will be driving an hour a day to take you to something as important as your education, your only priority should be quality and reliability. Give the typical and boring old Honda a second look.
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    Dec 17, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
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    cowboycasanova saidSo I guess the general consensus is that they suck lol. icon_sad.gif

    Andreas73 saidWhy a Jetta? I've heard (and witnessed) the aforementioned issues with two of my coworkers' cars back in the US.

    Get a Passat, you get more room, and they were all made in Germany.


    Well, I was looking into a Jetta because I heard they drive really nice, and I want a 4-cylinder that is good on gas because I will be commuting to school next semester on, and will be driving probably over almost an hour a day.

    I also like how they look, different than the typical old Honda/Toyota.


    Sorry to sound like a Dad, but when you're spending no more than $5000 on a car that you will be driving an hour a day to take you to something as important as your education, your only priority should be quality and reliability. Give the typical and boring old Honda a second look.


    That's true.

    But are there any Jettas that ARE good cars, or are all the older ones shit?
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    Dec 17, 2010 4:22 AM GMT
    They're known for transmission problems.