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2002 Volkswagen Jetta

2002 Volkswagen Jetta

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never let us down

by from Boone, NC on January 4, 2013

This car has been in my family for nearly 7 years now; my dad drove it for 6 years and I have been driving it for the last year and a half now. Its a great little car, with the 2.0L 4-cyl engine. This...
This car has been in my family for nearly 7 years now; my dad drove it for 6 years and I have been driving it for the last year and a half now. Its a great little car, with the 2.0L 4-cyl engine. This particular model has a sunroof, which has caused some minor problems with water leaking into the floor boards, particularly on the drivers side in the front; this is a known problem to VW. Other things aside from regular servicing, such as oil changes, in the last 7 years we have replaced 1 water pump, 2 sets of tires (make sure to get your alignment checked when you get new tires; this goes for any car!) and a few running bulbs. It is also on the original clutch and transmission, but at 160k miles, it is starting to really show its age. I like the interior, the exterior is sleek and its fun to drive. I manage about 360 miles on a tank of gas as well, which is nice for a college student that doesnt make a ton of money. CONVERSELY, since you must take your car to VW to be serviced (more than just the basics), it can get expensive, so many sure you have the penny and a half that might or might not cost you. I have only run into 1 known issue that I know of, and would say if you like a well built car, you cant go wrong with this.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Dont Waste Your Money

by from Chicago, IL on December 25, 2010

Despite regularly having oil changes and scheduled maintenance performed, I needed a new engine at less than 78,000 miles!!!! Mechanic told me that he heard other VW owners (Passat and Jettas-00-03) e...
Despite regularly having oil changes and scheduled maintenance performed, I needed a new engine at less than 78,000 miles!!!! Mechanic told me that he heard other VW owners (Passat and Jettas-00-03) experienced the same problems. Never again
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Unbelieveable mileage per gallon

by from Hershey,Pa on July 29, 2011

Purchased a Jetta TDI a few months ago, and I am very pleased with the 42 miles per gallon with an automatic. The German styling and performance is amazing!! I would recommend this edition of the Jett...
Purchased a Jetta TDI a few months ago, and I am very pleased with the 42 miles per gallon with an automatic. The German styling and performance is amazing!! I would recommend this edition of the Jetta to anyone!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Great car

by from La Porte, IN on February 21, 2012

First car I have actually owned. First standard transmission as well. It is quite good on gas, up to 30mpg to and from school, and yet it is still a bit sporty. Nothing is really wrong with this car, ...
First car I have actually owned. First standard transmission as well. It is quite good on gas, up to 30mpg to and from school, and yet it is still a bit sporty. Nothing is really wrong with this car, except that tall people will want to get something else. I have a friend that is 6'3" and he has trouble fitting inside. One other bad thing is that, if you don't live in a major city, then you might have to drive a ways to find a repairman to fix the VW, in my case it is a 45 min drive if something goes wrong. But it is really nice, mine has heated seats and mirrors, as well as a sunroof.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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It's good to have mechanical ability.

by from Wickliffe, Ohio on July 21, 2011

A great car if you can do your own repairs. I put a trans in this one. I bought it broken. Parts and repairs are expensive and reliable " mechanics" are hard to find. I can program my own key chips on...
A great car if you can do your own repairs. I put a trans in this one. I bought it broken. Parts and repairs are expensive and reliable " mechanics" are hard to find. I can program my own key chips on my laptop the dealer wants starting at 160 bucks for key and programming. A good relationship with the VW parts department doesn't hurt. They like food and ball bustin', it takes time. Comfortable for the long haul, will do 90 all day, perfect road manners. About 25mpg average, and if I drive sanely, um, yeah.. I get 28mpg average. ANY car you buy it would be nice to see and have the service records, Especially oil changes, timing belts and trans services. Remember, Steer clear buck-at-eer of a V-dub with no service records. Good Luck and God Bless
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does not recommend this car

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Great driving car… when it ran

by from GA on December 6, 2010

I purchased a used 2002 1.8T GLS in early 2005 with 35k miles. Car was in great condition with a clean carfax. Great styling, and great driving… when it ran. I can't remember all the repairs this car...
I purchased a used 2002 1.8T GLS in early 2005 with 35k miles. Car was in great condition with a clean carfax. Great styling, and great driving… when it ran. I can't remember all the repairs this car had to have, but I have a stack of receipts for them. Repairs are EXPENSIVE. Transmission went as soon as the warranty was up. Had it rebuilt, and after countless more expensive repairs, it the transmission failed again (as soon as the warranty was up on that one). At this point, I decided to cut my losses and get rid of it. This was the best decision I could have made with this car. Every time I was at the dealer, everyone bringing their cars in seemed to be having the same problems. I will never buy another VW product again. Horrible, horrible experience. I could have purchased a brand new luxury car with the money I dumped into keeping this one running. They did get a few things right with this car. The paint/finish was very durable and held up great. Ergonomically, it was great, and the body seemed to be very solid.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Reliable, great on gas and fun to drive!

by from on August 26, 2009

Mine is a 99 model and it has been a great car.I have never had any problems with it so far. I have driven it for around 5000 miles since I bought . Also something I like is that it uses very little g...
Mine is a 99 model and it has been a great car.I have never had any problems with it so far. I have driven it for around 5000 miles since I bought . Also something I like is that it uses very little gas , I don't spend more than 30 dollars on gas a month. Last thing, is a car that's fun to drive specially when curving or driving over 60 mph. A good all around car!
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Does recommend this car

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Buyer Beware

by from Maryland on October 22, 2006

I bought my used 2002 Jetta in 2004 and loved the getup and go of the turbo engine. Then my engine light came on. I took it to the dealer, who told me they didnt know what was wrong, they couldnt fi...
I bought my used 2002 Jetta in 2004 and loved the getup and go of the turbo engine. Then my engine light came on. I took it to the dealer, who told me they didnt know what was wrong, they couldnt find anything so maybe I didnt close my gascap tight enough. They turned it off, I drove it off of the lot and immediately it returned. This time I was told it would need to go to a VW dealer since I bought it used from a non-VW dealership. I waited since I hadnt experienced problems and a few weeks later my car stopped shifting. Well not completely...it wouldnt go into 5th gear at all but it would the others, except for the awful lurching and clunking noises. After 2 more dealership trips I have learned there is an internal transmission problem with 02 & 03 Jettas and since the factory warranty has expired, VW wont fix my car. The problem is neither will the extended warranty company I purchased an extended warranty from as VW is aware of this issue and they are refusing to take responsibility for it. Beware, these cars are junk, VW knows it and wont issue a recall to correct it.
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Does not recommend this car

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my dream car that saved my life

by from clifton, nj on September 18, 2007

i love my 2002. jetta 1.8t. it has been a great reliable car and it saved me when i was hit very hard by another vehicle that wasnt paying attention. most people dont realize vw's need more strict mai...
i love my 2002. jetta 1.8t. it has been a great reliable car and it saved me when i was hit very hard by another vehicle that wasnt paying attention. most people dont realize vw's need more strict maintenance then your average car. i run synthtic oil and use only premium exxon gas. this is why many have reliability problems. if you are having an oil sludge issue just use and engine flush and you will be good as new. anyway i can definately say i will sware by vw for the rest of my life. i recommend this car to anyone but keep in mind it is a little more money to own but it is worth every penny.
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Never lets me down

by from PA on March 25, 2007

I've owned my jetta for about two years, and in that time I put on 48000 miles on it. Its never stalled, broken down, or had any problems besides a light bulb change. The only problem I have, is speed...
I've owned my jetta for about two years, and in that time I put on 48000 miles on it. Its never stalled, broken down, or had any problems besides a light bulb change. The only problem I have, is speeding tickets
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