definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,860 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 262005


  • 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 #3

Jun 102010


  • 100,000 miles
The VW Jetta VR6 2001 that I purchased last year for $7,000 (financing through my credit union) is a lemon. I have had it less than a year and already spent $2000 on minor repairs and I estimate that right now it needs about $4000 more in the next few months. I believe that sundance improperly sold this car, knowing that a massive amount of things are wrong with it. I had a garage with which they are affiliated look at it and completely misrepresented the shape of the car. Since acquiring it I have been plagued with difficulties with it, from head lights mysteriously going out, to the water pump failing, to the serpentine coil failing, now to the air compressor failing, as well as the computer to the A/C, and today it is the epc code (which I believe has something to do with either the catalytic converter, or computer - but the thing is losing power and the brake lights don't work which is a major safety hazard), not to mention the transmission slips and will need to be replaced. Having been plagued with these issues, I have come to find out that there are many other VW Jetta VR6 2001 owners who are adamant that this car is a manufactured lemon. VW needs to be in some way held accountable - all of us have had nightmarish lives and are paying for the defects every day.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 022010


  • 79,438 miles
Malfunction indicator lamp (mil) : the malfunction indicator light never go off after started the engine.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 062008


  • miles
I own a 2001 VW Jetta. I bought it 3 years ago, used from the Volkswagen dealership. The automobile was sold as a "certified" auto, which I found out later does not mean much. My trunk is locked shut and does not open manually or with remote, I've had to replace cv boots, catalytic converter, transmission and numerous headlight, taillight and blinker bulbs. And today one of my headlights is so dim, it doesn't really provide any light when it is dark. I have replaced it and replaced it. It stays fine for about 2 days and then just dims out again. I can't afford to keep taking it to Volkswagen. It's a rip off and they don't even fix anything right anyway. My engine fan went out all of the sudden the other day, causing the car to overheat. I had to get it towed. That isn't the first time I have had to pay to have it towed. The interior plastic coating on armrests and all plastic inside is peeling and looks terrible. When I push unlock all doors, the driver's side back seat door will not open unless I reach inside and pull the lock open manually. There is so much more, but I don't want to waste my time. I know nothing will happen, even though it is so obvious that these cars are complete lemons, and they need to stop selling them to people.

- La Quinta, CA, USA

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