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2002 Volkswagen Jetta

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 3.5

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300K and counting on my 2002 TDI.

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Nov 20, 2011 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fuel Economy, comfort, reliability, no rust after
Cons: A few nit picky parts break, paint doesn't last forever
The Bottom Line: Awesome car.  Best one I've ever owned.

I love this car.  I bought it used as a redeployment present to myself.  It was rather high mileage at the time but a properly maintained TDI engine will run indefinately.I love the MPG this car gives, it's almost always over 40 and has ... read more

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Not the Best in the World

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Jan 29, 2011 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: It goes very fast, and is easy to manuever.
Cons: Cruise control doesn't work too well.
The Bottom Line: I recommend that this car be avoided at all costs. It is unreliable and very unprotected from larger vehicle.

I've had the Jetta for almost a year now, and it has broken down around 4 times. For each time it was for a different reason. Yes, the car is older. Still, it should be a little more reliable. We have so far paid more on fixing it than what we paid for ... read more

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2002 VW Jetta TDI

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Nov 24, 2008 (Not Yet Rated)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fuel economy
Comfortable
Long maintenance intervals
Design and ergonomics
Good resale
Cons: Higher maintenance cost
Cup holders in a stupid spot
Slow warm up in cold climates
The Bottom Line:

I would buy again, but probably a 5 speed just because they are a lot better on fuel.


The TDI in my opinion is a great car.  There are alot of small problems with the car when they were new, but through recalls and warranty repair these issues should be fixed.The most common were windows that fall into the door and brake ... read more

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Outstanding Fuel Economy

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Sep 9, 2007 - Updated Sep 11, 2007 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fuel economy, power, fun to drive, not hard to look at.
Cons: Annoying quality issues, small rear seat area.
The Bottom Line: Excellent commuter car, excellent fuel economy, good resale because no one wants to sell.

I have owned this car for 6 years and love it. I purchased this car for the fuel economy and have been laughing as I pass by the pumps especially over the last several years with $3/gal fuel prices. Depending on driving habits it will delivery 45 to 55 ... read more

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Fun car, bad reliability

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May 11, 2007 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Fun car to drive. Handles well. Controls well-positioned. Comfortable.
Cons: Unreliable. Mass airflow sensor problems. Peeling plastic interior. Radio quit. Crappy cup holder.
The Bottom Line: Bought this car used and wish I hadn't. Love the handling and look, but am afraid it will cost a fortune in problems. Buy this one new, not used.

I bought a used 2002 Jetta TDI 9 months ago and I love several things about it: the handling, the style, the ergonomic positioning of the inside controls - this is a fun car to drive. I HATE the fact that I have had numerous problems in the nine months ... read more

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My First and Last VW Jetta

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Apr 8, 2007 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Comfortable to drive, fairly roomy, nice styling, , better than average warranty
Cons: Excessive engine oil consumption, sunroof leaking, difficult to get VW to deal with problems
The Bottom Line: Will not buy another VW.

Bought a 2.0 litre 2002 Jetta GLS new. Has about 50,000 miles on it now. Fully serviced by the VW dealership since it was purchased. Piston rings had to be replaced (fortunately while still under warranty) at about 30,000 miles due to excessive oil ... read more

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Oct 24, 2006 - Updated Nov 6, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: comfortable, good ride, good gas mileage
Cons: expensive maintenance, problems
The Bottom Line: This car looks nice and drives nice, until it has a problem, which have been happening atleast once a year since we bought it.

In the beginning of 2003 my husband wanted to replace his old VW Quantum. He'd had some VW Bugs previously and wanted to get another Volkswagen, so we headed to our local dealer and ended up buying a 2002 Jetta. We were lucky, the car we bought was a ... read more

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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Jul 10, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Powerful engine, excellent handling, great appearance, many options, 6-speed tranny
Cons: Reliability problems, badly designed cup holders, requires expensive premium grade gas
The Bottom Line: If you like the sporty look with lots of power and excellent handling, this car is for you. Beware reliability headaches.

While most Jetta 2002 models can be found almost everywhere you look on the road, the Jetta GLI makes notably fewer appearances on the road due to its relatively limited production. This car is intended for VW lovers and auto enthusiasts. It features a ... read more

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Teens in TDI's

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May 15, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: MPGs, Comfort, Design, Quality, Looks, Fact that it was free(ish), Heated seats, Radio, Leather, Peppyness.
Cons: Gas station woes, The fact that there are 7 of them at my high school.
The Bottom Line: Buy it, Lease It, Steal It

My 2002 was very generously given to me by my grandparents in early November of '05 and so far, it's proved itself as the best kept secret in fuel efficient cars. I average about 33 MPG's in crowded city driving with the A/C on. Inside the interior is ... read more

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS

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Apr 1, 2006 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: European style
Cons: Not a real European Car; cheap copy.
The Bottom Line: Save your money for a BMW. You will thank your self later.

This car seemed to be a good car when I bought it, but slowly I began to notice problems. The first problem I had with this car was the brake fluid. It had black sludge floating in it. So I drained it out and put in fresh fluid. Next thing that went ... read more

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Only a few complaints, but definitely a fun car

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Apr 1, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fun to drive, peppy diesel, solid engineering, european suspension, stylish interior.
Cons: NON-EXISTENT backseat, VW customer service is horrible, expensive maintenance
The Bottom Line: Buy this car for its efficiency and long-life of the engine; otherwise, you will not recoup the above-average cost. Finally, do not purchase if you need backseat room.

I bought the 2002 Jetta TDI used in May 2004 (so I cannot speak to any issues prior to that mileage). It had 34,000 miles on it at the time. She now has just a notch over 90,000 miles, and has had surprisingly few problems. I was told by numerous ... read more

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Wouldn't Own Anything Else!!

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Dec 17, 2005 - Updated Dec 19, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Sporty, comfortable, fun
Cons: Haven't found one yet!
The Bottom Line: I absolutely love my car. When this VW finally does have to be replaced, it will be with another VW.

I absolutely love my car. My husband and I bought it certified used, and purchased the extended warranty. We were expecting our first child and wanted a safe car for her. I had previously owned a New Beetle, and loved the support I got from VW. I ... read more

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Volkswagen: NEVER AGAIN

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Aug 27, 2005 - Updated Aug 30, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Stylish, TDI engine, mechanical reliability, handling
Cons: Road noise, price tag, after-sale service.
The Bottom Line: You might want to consider other manufacturers if you are looking more for durability and reliability. The Jetta is definitely not up to its price tag

Updated: 17-09-2005 I purchased my Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2002 in February of 2005, and without any doubt I believe that it has been the worst purchase of my life. There are many reasons why I wished to abandon this vehicle, some much more important ... read more

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Jetta Wagon, decent car overall so far...

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Jan 4, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: VW drive, design and features that set this apart from other cars in its class.
Cons: Four cylinder a bit underpowered, very infrequent rough shifting, hearing everyone else's horror stories.
The Bottom Line: Recommended if you want a small wagon and don't plan on keeping it long after the warranties expire.

We wanted a small wagon that handled as well as our previous car, a VW Beetle, but that could fit three car seats in back in addition to a rear cargo area. It has been everything we have expected from a VW: great steering, braking, etc. The car has ... read more

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It's Over

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Nov 8, 2004 - Updated Feb 13, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Warranty - iffy Stereo (when it works) Handles quite well - nice pickup
Cons: Rattling Repairs Denial of warranty repairs
The Bottom Line: Wouldn't buy or lease a Jetta again. Just too many problems for me to want to try it again.

After many long, wonderful years with my 1991 Honda Accord EX, I had to finally break down and get a new car. The transmission finally went kaput. I started out looking at Honda's, Toyota's, Mitsubishi's and the like. I just didn't find anything ... read more

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One of my greatest disappointments...

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Sep 3, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Styling, Amenities
Cons: Reliability, Reliability, Reliability, Reliability, Reliability, Reliability, Reliability, Reliability, Reliability, Reliability,
The Bottom Line: For me - it's "STAY AWAY". I know that based on my service experience and the Reliability of this car - I won't be looking at VW again.

After buying my first new car ever (1995 Jetta GL) I was hard core sold on VW's products. I even sold VW's for a short time at a dealer in Kentucky. When it was time to replace my wifes aging jalopy with something newer, there was no question in my ... read more

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The total Pkg.

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Mar 7, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Best feature: transmission -- it learns your driving style
Cons: Worst feature: Cup Holder position.
The Bottom Line: Buy It. You can't go wrong with any version of this car. Economy diesel or 2.0gas, performance 1.8T or VR6. I'm buying a 2004 GLS 1.8T w/ 5spd MT.

Bought my 2002 2.0 Jetta in 2002. Have over 40K miles on it. Dealer is fantastic. Best ownership experience ever. Down time has been the least of any of the 8 cars I have owned. Have had car in for warranty work 2 times. 1 for rare fluid leak ... read more

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Buyer Beware

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Nov 28, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Radio sounds good. Blue dash lights are cool.
Cons: 11 different repairs in 16 months is all I have to say.
The Bottom Line: 11 repairs in 16 months, stay away from this car...

We leased our 2002 Jetta GLS 1.8T in July of 2002 and in the past 16 months have had it back in for repairs 11 times. Following is a list of problems: Right front window fell into door and broke- broken regulator replaced Engine running ... read more

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Get a Honda

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Aug 23, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Handles well.
Cons: Cup holders Seats squeaks whistles Burns oil
The Bottom Line: Don't do it, buy a Honda.

This is our first and last VW. Besides the mechanical defects, such as noisy suspension, oil burnin ... read more

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VW doesn't care if they sell you a lemon.

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Jul 22, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: At first glance, this car had everything i wanted.
Cons: A BIG waste of money. EVERYTHING BREAKS.
The Bottom Line: NEVER BUY VW EVER. POOR PRODUCT, even WORSE customer service.

The car, on paper, was everything i wanted. After 1 year of ownership, I have sworn off VW for the ... read more

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