I bought my 1999 VW Jetta used with 22,000 miles on it, and for the most part it has been a reliable car. I have kept up a regular maintenance schedule, and it's now at 75,000 miles. The bad: it has w...
I bought my 1999 VW Jetta used with 22,000 miles on it, and for the most part it has been a reliable car. I have kept up a regular maintenance schedule, and it's now at 75,000 miles. The bad: it has what I would consider an abundance of problems not related to wear: brake lights won't turn off (fixed 3 times, covered by warranty each time); fuel mix error (paid for engine light checks 3 times before I figured out the problem and they fixed it); and rear door lock (2 times). This seems, to me anyway, to be more than my previous car (Japanese maker) ever had. In addition as a previous reviewer mentioned I have had my catalytic converter replaced (covered by warranty at around 50,000 miles) but the car has always passed CA smog. Another odd repair, my heater smelled like maple syrup, come to find out that would be freeon, that was not a cheap repair (had to remove dash). Of course it should be noted that these repairs have occured over a 8 year period.
Other stuff I've noticed: It's a little wonky in the rain, for some reason it feels like it slips on wet leaves when you accelerate from a stop, it's loud inside; provides a slightly bumpy ride; it's small inside, this car is definitely made for short people and honestly while there are 5 seats, that would really be 4 short adults. If you place 2 kids car seats in the back that would mean no one can sit in the front passenger seat (unless they're comfortable kissing dashboard).
So what redeems this car from all those repairs in addition to the regular wear and tear repairs? Oh it is so much fun to drive, it is quick, if you hit the gas it goes, if you need to stop on a dime, it stops on a dime. It has a very small wheel base so it parallel parks very easily, it fits in my tiny one car garage. A very good car if you live in a city.