Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
123,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 212010

Jetta Wagon

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles


The radio never worked (fuse#42 solution didn't work either!). Now the engine is revving, even sitting in neutral with the brake on. AGAIN, just like the radio, the window falling into the door, this turns out to be ANOTHER COMMON defect that Volkswagen is NOT stepping up to the plate and fixing yet another item, on the long list of defects with this make and model! The economy being what it is, you would think they'd at least attempt to make their costumers happy at least ONCE in awhile with a recall! They acknowledge the problems exist, even on damn near every car, that's it though. Just a "Yup, it happens in almost every car we make, sure does, but sorry." Volkswagen needs to do the right thing and start doing some recalls! It's staggering how common all these defects are!

If it weren't for their crash safety, my Jetta withstood a high speed impact remarkably, but to be honest I was having issues with the anti lock brakes that winter. So for all I know it was a defect that caused it to begin with! The slightest skid, my brakes would completely lock up and not allow me to remotely slow down. I know that was how they were "supposed" to work, but I've had ABS before, and NONE reacted like this. It terrified me so much that 3 times that winter, with very little snow on the ground, my brakes locked up when I skidded ever so slightly, and I went through the stop sign right into the main road! Thankfully no cars were coming. The second time I was coming to a stop at a light, same thing! I managed to swerve off & avoid hitting the car that was in front of me. I turned around all three times, back to my jobs parking lot and called for a ride. I'm telling you, they acted SO differently then any other anti-lock brakes I've ever used before. Keep waiting for a recall notice on that one, that was my previous 2000 Jetta though. It's getting way to hard to stay loyal, that's for sure! I think this is sadly my last Jetta. There's way to many costly and constant quirks and beyond annoying defects that continue to pop up and that Volkswagen won't deal with or fix, let alone just own up to. It's a real shame.

- , norwich, CT, USA

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