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2002 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

2002 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 82 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 40 reviews
"ride" 33 reviews
"power" 30 reviews
"speed" 16 reviews
"handling" 15 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 10 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"space" 6 reviews
"turbo" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews

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Tsekani writes:
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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Fast, its compact, has average gas mileage

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Parts are very hard to come by for it, and if you do if you do find them, they are VERY expensive.

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Almost Perfect 1st Car For Son Or Daughter, Good Safety Ratings — Performance: Great Acceleration with the 1.8 liter turbo engine, braking is average and handiling is average. Build Quality: Requires ALOT of repairs Appearance: Average appearance, not too sporty, just right amount of look to it. Cost of Ownership: Gas is very expensive for my model since its a turbo engine it takes Premium gas. Fun Factor: With the added speed, yes it is fun to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jamie writes:
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Wagon Review
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It's a fun car to drive, and it gives you lots of high end options on a mid-range car.

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Many known problems under the hood, especially with the coil packs.

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Overall A Good Car With Some Hiccups Along The Way. — My Jetta is an attractive, fun car loaded with features...moonroof, Monsoon stereo, heated seats, hatchback. I really like driving it. However, these Jettas are known for having many problems under the hood [due to Volkswagen trying to save some pennies], mostly in the wiring and engine areas. The coil packs are the most known problem. But once you get these things fixed, it's pretty much good to go.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ken writes:
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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good looking inside and out.

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not much leg room for a 4 door,

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Low Cost Good Car — I've had this car for about a year and a half and put roughly 20k miles on it so far. It is one of the best cars I've owned. I've read many bad reviews on the car and it's series and it was listed in consumer reports cars to avoid. Mine is slightly rare in that it is the GLS, leather, premium sound, moon roof, seat warmers, etc. but it's manual transmission. The only problem I've had with this car was in winter time in Washington state. The rain gutters clogged up and caused water to get into the car. I was easily able to treat the issue and it was a few months before it happened again. I may be annoyed with this issue every few months but now I'm living in southern California and I park my car in a garage. Issue avoided. The car is responsive and handles well. Plenty of trunk space. I get complements on it all the time. People say it's a cute little car or that it just looks good. People who sit in it are usually impressed with the look and feel, especially at night. Though the back seat doesn't have much leg room for a 4 door. The cup holders block radio control and the readout. However, there are buttons on the steering wheel so it's a minor issue.

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Ben writes:
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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Safety, Styling, Interior Luxury Appointments, Price

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Electrical and Engine problems.

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Vw Entry Level Turns Out To Be More Luxurious Than Its Peers. — The fourth generation Jetta and Golf introduced in 1999 has given compact cars a new standard in interior appointments. The Jetta is vastly improved in interior appointments than the 3rd generation Jetta. The fourth generation also changed VW image around for better and worse. Despite its attractive looks, the Jetta suffers from electrical problems such as Radio, power windows, cd changer, etc. Moreover, in recent times, there has been a recall for coilpacks that need to be replaced in 1.8T engines due to cylinder misfirings. Despite the problems the fourth generation Jetta has, it is still an exceptional entry level european ride. It gives off a sense of confidence and more importantly it feels safe inside. It rides heavier than most other compact and as a result feels very substantial when crusing on highways and small roads.

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Xerxes1156 writes:
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR6 Review
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3

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Smooth drive, comfortable seats, and good horsepower.

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Terrible in the snow and maintenance is expensive.

Xerxes1156
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Do Not Buy This Car If You Live North Of The Mason-dixon Line. — The car currently has 168,500 miles on it and it has only shown normal signs of wear and tear. It performs very well on the interstate (accelerating to 65mph is simple) and is a smooth ride. HOWEVER... Even a simple oil change can be expensive with this car. There are only a handful of shops within a 20 mile radius of my house that I can take it to for simple repairs. Most mechanics either don't know about Volkswagen or don't carry the necessary parts. There are only two places I can take it to get an oil change, one of which is a dealer. Don't expect to pay normal price for an oil change either- it takes six quarts of oil and the filter is rare. The car comes with an automatic traction control. By 'automatic', I mean that it never shuts off unless you pop the hood and unplug the fuse manually. Traction control is nice when you're driving down an icy road. However, I live in Maine. More accurately, I live in a part of Maine that received 48 inches of snow last month. I don't need traction control to drive on these roads. The average Mainer disables this feature because it does more harm than good. Did the plowman not have time to plow your driveway before work, leaving two inches of snow in front of your beautiful Jetta? Might as well call your boss and tell him/her you will be late. Get out your shovel because this car won't be able to move at all. No, I am not exaggerating. Volkswagen really sells a vehicle in New England that cannot drive over several inches of snow. When the car senses that it's not getting enough traction, it cuts power to the wheels. If anybody could provide a logical explanation as to how cutting power to a wheel can help someone out of a snowbank, please contact me! Want to disable the traction control option manually like I mentioned earlier? Good luck if you can find it. The engine has an odd European-style design to it, hence why some mechanics won't even touch a Volkswagen. I'm writing this review after being 45 minutes late to work because my car was stuck in my driveway AFTER SHOVELING A PATH!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dustin writes:
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Review
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5

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fuel mileage, reliability

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stock EGR system

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Extreme Reliability — For a car that has over 300,000 kms on it the car is running very strong still and just keeps on going and has incredible fuel mileage. If you want a family car that is stupid reliable and great on fuel this is the car for you.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Matthew writes:
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Review
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Great fuel milage.

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Very expensive maintenance nightmare!

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This Care Is A Maintenance Nightmare, But It Sure Is Fun To Hear The Turbo Whine! — Do ever buy a Volkswagen. I have heard nothing but horror stories which I only found out about after I had to replace thousands of dollars worth of parts every couple of months to years! Avoid avoid avoid avoid avoid!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jevan writes:
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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4

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The horn and the experience.

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it would turn off randomly

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Seal — loved the car for a first car. loved it for a lot of reasons. mainly the bad part was the fact when i had to get it fixed. it was really expensive. loved to drive it and loved to race and drift it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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GirlyGirl10 writes:
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
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Practical, can carry a lot of passengers, dogs, feed bags, groceries etc

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I have to use premium fuel

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Gggggggggggreat! — I adore my darling, practical glx wagon! Unlike the other models, mine is actually made in Germany so I feel the build quality is much better. My car is so fun to drive and it carries my dogs, my horses grain bags and groceries all in one trip! I just cannot say enough about this car! I change my oil with only mobile one synthetic oil and I always use the high quality filters made by KT. When I need a new car I am hoping they will make another great wagon!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Brandon writes:
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Review
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fuel economy

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electrical problems, oil changes are expensive

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Would Buy Another Vw — awesome mileage, comfortable, awsome soundsystem, good overall car, great commuter, heated seats, everything power, stick shift, can go alot of km, already well over 200,000 km, paint job sucks, oil change is a pain in the ass, overall a great car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Compact, Convenient And Comfortable By maverick111

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Great Car For Most People By tdub_birytx

2011 Jetta does lots of things well. Good on fuel economy, looks great, handles better and has a surprisingly spacious interior. I am 6'2 and am comfortable driving the car. The trunk is also a lot bi... Read More

Awesome...love The New Design By Leonizmo

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Fun Little Car By Colin

This car honestly was great for the first 3 years now it seems its just been one problem after another. The interior is awesome and sturdy. Not much room in the back seat. Trunk is extremely spacio... Read More

Fun Car To Drive And Great Commuter By Coop181

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Simply Amazing! By VFernandes

I adore my jetta and plan to have another jetta in the near future! The front heated seats are awesome! It drives AMAZING, the blue tooth is easy to use and super convenient. The sunroof is cool to ... Read More

No Complaints, Could Ride Alille Better But Its A Small Car, Rides Better Than All The Rest I Dr By team48

love the power and mpg. ride could be a little better,but rides better than any other small car i have drove, and i road tested a bunch. hard to beat 38 miles to the gallon every time, city hiway,and ... Read More

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