I simply adored my 2001 GTI GLS 1.8T hatchback, until bizarre electronic problems kept occurring-- indicators went on the fritz, headlights burnt out early, the dashboard lights burning out, the locks unlocking themselves and other problems like the windows falling off the track (for no reason!) and the weather strips from the interior simply fell off.
And yes, this is all in the first 3 years.
I lost my faith in Volkswagen when my car out and out died last week. After a week in the shop, they've finally told me that I had a faulty electronic control module. Sure, so a new battery ($200), diagnostic tests ($148--for a week!), and now a $486 module--and that's before labor.
Needless to say, I'm frustrated beyond belief with what I initially thought was going to be a fun, stylish and *reliable* car.
I also recommended Volkswagen to my mom, who bought a 01 Beetle, and she has also had repeat electrical problems since day one.
If you're sold on a VW, GET AN EXTENDED WARRANTY!
Amount Paid (US$):
2001Model and Options:
GLS 1.8T automatic