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3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,874 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #16

Jun 162016

Jetta

  • 270,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The weld holding the drivers seat to the floor board broke off. This car has never been in an accident and has very minimal rust.

- North Franklin, CT, USA

problem #15

Jun 092014

Jetta

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated it was difficult to adjust the front driver's side seat. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,000 and the current mileage was 103,000.

- Lajolla, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 262005

Jetta

  • miles
The 2001 V.w. Jetta: This vehicle burns an excessive amount of oil, approximately 1 quart per month, in daily, everday usage, city traffic and short highway trips, an exorbitant amount of oil, even with regular oil/filter changes. V.w. has not notified me of this problem, nor corrected it and dealers' will do nothing about it. The driver's side, shoddy, flip-back, plastic arm rest is broken, cheaply made, it will not retain or hold the driver's arm, it is located adjacent and near the auto. Transmission gear shift, it could and does fail, a safety hazard. Rear tail and brake lights burn-out at excessive rates, often enough for it to be a nuisance, to replace them. Please have V.w. correct these problems @ their own expense, not mine, owner.

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #13

May 172006

Jetta

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This happenned twice on my 2001 Jetta. All of a sudden there was a spring lying on the floor, and I had no idea where it came from. Also happend on my 2001 golf. Worst car ever and very unsafe!

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #12

Oct 102005

Jetta 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
A 2001 VW Jetta has an issue with a metal spring that is part of the front passenger seat. The spring separates from the mechanism that keeps the seat from sliding forward. There is no specific reason the spring becomes loose from the car seat and one would never know if the spring is not attached, it could cause major harm to the driver and passenger in the event of an accident. The seat remains locked in a position, but if the car is involved in an accident, the seat could slide forward, causing injury. VW refuses to cover the part as a safety recall and is charging hundreds of dollars to fix the problem. Other issues are : cars plastic part are getting broken. In my car : glove compartment handle is broken rim fell off from sun roof. It would have fallen on me or passenger and caused distraction to driver.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 142005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • 48,080 miles
2001 Jetta VR6 driver seat rocks because of broken gears. The dealer would not repair the seat free of charge because the vehicle was out of warranty. The dealer determined that there is a bad gear and it will cost over $700. To repair. The consumer considers this a safety issue and believes this may affect the proper operation of the side mounted air bags. The glove compartment also broke.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #10

Dec 062004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

A 2001 VW Jetta has an issue with a metal spring that is part of the driver seat. The spring separates from the mechanism that keeps the seat from sliding forward. There is no specific reason the spring becomes loose from the car seat and one would never know if the spring is not attached, it could cause major harm to the driver in the event of an accident. The seat remains locked in a position, but if the car is involved in an accident, the seat could slide forward, causing injury. VW refuses to cover the part as a safety recall and is charging hundreds of dollars to fix the problem. I know of 2 instances where this same issue has occurred on multiple driver seats in a 2001 VW Jetta.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #9

Dec 072004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 71,000 miles
A large spring fell from under the front passenger seat for no apparent reason. VW service stated the spring held the seat to the rail and was an exteme safety hazard; if involved in an accident the seat would come loose from the rail. VW stated since our car was out of warrenty they could not fix it on their costs (2001 volkswagon Jetta). This is a very expensive repair, and since it is such an extreme safety hazard I feel VW should take this responsibility. The exact same spring has come loose from my sons 2001 Jetta as well. This indicates to us that this is not an isolated situation.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #8

Apr 222001

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since I have had my Jetta I have had to keep oil in the trunk because the car burns oil, I was told by the dealer that it is normal for a car to use that much oil, I have had to have the brake switch replaced, the arm rest latch replaced, cd player replaced twice, my passenger rear brake lights burn out regularly (only passenger side), my key in the ignition alarm and lights left on alarm turned and stayed on everytime I drove my car. The dealer's solution to all these problems was to downgrade my car and buy a VW beetle. I purchased a 2002 used beetle - dealer allowed me take car and promised to fix anything on the following Monday. There was a light on the dash that was lit up called epc - I asked the dealer what the light was for and they said that the alignment needed to be adjusted no big deal they would fix it when I returned on Monday. I drove the car off the lot got about 20 miles for the dealership and the car died on the freeway!!!!! while waiting for the tow truck I read in the car manual that epc stood for electric power control - it said if this light goes on do not attempt to drive - tow to dealership immediately - after that I marched right back to the dealer and got my Jetta back - however I still have all of the above problems and few to add to the list defective electric window, noisy brakes when in reverse even after brakes were replaced. I can't wait to turn the piece of @#$%# in to the dealer when my lease is up and walk away - I just feel sorry for the fool they turn around and sell it to!

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #7

Aug 312000

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am not satisfied with my 2001 Jetta. One week after I purchased the car in Aug 2001 the passenger and driver side seats started to move everytime I stepped on the brake. I took it to the dealership and they said nothing was wrong. A few months later I noticed that floor padding on the back seat area (both sides) started bulging. The dealership indicated that is normal for all 2001 Jettas. I have several friends who drives VW and they never had the same problem with their floor paddings. A few months later, the window on the driver side broke. All in all my driver side and passenger side windows have malfunctioned 5 times. In addition to all these problems, the temp gauge also malfunctioned. The temperature gauge would move from extremenme heat temp tocold tem and vice versa. What upset me is that there are two current recalls for 2001 Jettas and I havent heard from VW. I wasn't even informed about the window regulator problem.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 192002

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The consumer has experienced the following: Tread separation(tires)/the outside tires cupped, more wear on the center, 3-4 tires had shown a sign of separating cords, the driver seat back is worn, unspecified bad remote, and the speaker would drift away then come back again. The consumer seeks reimbursement for the defective tires. Scc

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Apr 252002

(reported on)

Jetta Diesel

  • miles
A complaint was filed with the dealership concerning the fact that my driver seat is loose and an audible clicking sound was present as I braked or made sharp turns. The serviceman offered to "take a ride" with me when I return for my next check up (of course that did not happen). Additionally, they stated during the initial complaint, they did not hear or see evidence of my concerns!

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 262002

Jetta

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer state while traveling without any indication air bag indication light started flashing through out travel. Dealer has been contacted. The air bag light did not remain on any more after the air bag control unit was replaced. The drivers seat back cover was replaced since the original one was stain.

- Highland Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 152002

(reported on)

Jetta

  • miles
L have had numerous "factory defects" with my new vehicle and no one can help me solve my dilema. The vehicle im submitting to you is not the orginially purchased car. They had to give me a 2nd vehicle. I have had numerous problems ever since with keyless remote uni (replaced), auto window unit(both driver, passneger-both units replaced),driver seat not bolted to floor. Had to get a new seat. New shocks, new packing between rear pass. Door panels. All claimed to be factory defects per the dealer. I have established a claim through VW of America but they cannot assist. They will only take my complaints.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Jan 082001

(reported on)

Jetta

  • miles
Consumer concerned with quality of fabric material on seats, consumer states that garments and other particles stick to the seat fabric like a magnet, seat cloth is beige in color and looks dirty. Consumer states a yellow spot near the rear window came through the interior of the vehicle.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 042001

(reported on)

Jetta

  • miles
Both front seats rock front to back on their tracks. I have reported the problem to two dealers for a total of four times. One dealer acknowledges the problem, and says that there is no fix, the other says that the rocking is normal. These seats rock too much. They are a distraction while driving, thus causing a safety hazard. This car is a lemon. The dealer that claims there is no fix for this problem could have easily replaced the seats. The dealer that says this problem is normal has other 2001 models with the same deats, all of which do not rock.

- Calabasas, CA, USA

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