2002 Volkswagen Jetta Top Comparisons

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDiReview
Stefanie writes:
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Reliable, Tough And Roomy — This is an amazing little car. Great reliable german built 1.9 litre turbo diesel injection. SAVE on gas! I get up to 1000 km per tank - easy. 5 speed manual transmission makes it fun to drive as it accelerates quite quickly. Never drove a car which handled so nicely. VERY STURDY. 1 accident - person ran into the front of this car with thier vehicle, hardly made a dent. Equipped with leather interior, heated seats, power sunroof, audio controls on stearing column, heated mirrors, side airbags... sooo many options included in the GLS model. I'd say a great little taste of luxury for your price.

Pros: Very roomy trunk
Great one or two person car
Very reliable
Looks great
Rides smooth, hugs the road on turns.
Feel very safe riding in this car.

Cons: High maintenance, the money you save on gas will likely go into the high cost of repairs. Needs timing belt changed every 130k, needs to be decarbonized(TDI).
Both driver and passenger windows fell through the door due to cheap plastic holdings in the window, cost me $350 to fix...but no more problems.
Makes the most out of a 4 door sedan, but there is limited space inside the car.

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLSReview
der_Alte writes:
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Defective Design Jetta, Difficult Front Clearance — addendum. brakes on this car really superior. one nagging problem- the front air dam, just below the grille,nothing but trouble. drags on the common pkg-lot dividers (those cement jobs, ca 5' long they move around) any obstacle more than a few inches ht. tears the whole works loose-sound damper in the wheel well,attachment to the inside fender edge. this prob ,may have been corrected in later Jettas, but man, is it ever a nuisance!!!

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLSReview
der_Alte writes:
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Bought Used, Best Car We Ever Owned, But Ex. Dealer Support Was Part Of It, Dealer Now Changed Hands — this has been a wonderful car--built in Wolfsburg which is probably why. ex. pwr (old couple) good economy, needs to be roomier espec for rear seat passengers.

Pros: handling, comfort, quiet, ex. mechanically so far. elec. system--not so sure.

Cons: more room, espec in back seat.

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8TReview
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12 Years Old And I Love It! Great First Car —

I purchased this car 12 years old with only 86,500 miles on it from a local dealership for $3,000. The AC was out ($53 control panel fixed it) and the ignition switch needed replacing ($50). My check engine light came on the first day I had it, from an o2 and knock sensor code, and that's when I discovered you cant use regular gas in these. They require premium to run properly. My fault for not checking. Since then, it's been downhill. I'm on my third alternator, both downstream and upstream O2's replaced, knock sensor, a dash sensor, the inside is very cheaply made. No cup holders? Dont get me wrong, I love the car. It gets great gas mileage for being twelve years old - I average 25mpg. It's also extremely cute. The electricity works perfect, interior wise it's in good shape with no cracks in the dash or leather. The original radio is still working well with nice sounding speakers. I've simply put a lot into maintenance already. Aesthetic issues include the fabric on the roof coming off at the edges, the center console is broken, and there is some minor paint chipping on the hood. The passenger and rear doors are odd, and require that you push them in before opening them. They do work, though. The trunk is very spacious and that's extremely nice, since the inside of the car is built small. Overall, I would recommend this car to someone looking for a fun, cute daily drive that will take care of them as long as they take care of it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Reliable, fuel economy, great engine, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing

Cons: AC control panel and ignition switch went out before 100k, some cheap parts (center console broke, some issues with door handles)

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8TReview
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Black Jetta 1.8 Turbo — I like the look of the car and it was comfortable in the front but the back doesnt have a lot of leg room for an adult. It doesnt fit more than 5 people and the 5th one is pushing it. The build quality is great, it handles very well and is really awesome on gas. I felt very safe driving it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fast, reliable

Cons: Being that its a German car with turbo, it requires an oil change more frequently than the 3000 mark

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6Review
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Yes It Would Be Nice To Have A Review Title — Great car, if you like manual driving, good luck with the clutch :P, sometimes has turbo problems , medium acceleration , good torque, low hp , Needs chips ,cold air intake, and bigger turbo , would make it a bit better i say :P

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Amazing on gas! : 900km = 1 tank

Cons: turbo problems

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
tpsmotors says:
Nice easy car to drive. Decent gas mileage, reliable form of transportation.
vs2015 Chevrolet Spark EV 2LT FWD
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Power Ranked 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV 2LT FWD better.
"The electric torque."
Family Car Ranked 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV 2LT FWD better.
"It is spacious by being able to fold the back seats down when transporting goods."
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
Kayla says:
Before the interior option for leather was changed after 2005 to leatherette, this was the real deal. All black interior on my ride, and I cared for the leather routinely, the car was lovingly surrendered at nearly 190k miles. The drivers seat had visible cracks, but no rips or sagging. The power was not excessive, but the size of the vehicle was easy to maneuver, with fewer blind spots than newer models. Catalytic converter was known to fail, and VW corrected this. There were a few things that no one ever figured out about my particular Jetta: The engine would idle randomly between 3rd and 4rd, drop speed, and then kick back in. This went on for over 100,000 miles. Later, my speedometer became erratic and the cruise control would respond accordingly. After throwing money at it, no one fixing it, and using an app and accelerometer on my smartphone, the 02 was giving up for the newer 07.
vs2005 Scion xA 4 Dr STD Hatchback
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vs2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5L
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Power Ranked 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5L better.
"Its negligible, but I wouldnt be surprised if it came down to curb weight. My 02 came with a set of issues that my 07 did not."
Handling Ranked 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5L worse.
"Smaller mid-size with better visibility and less risk taking."
Looks/Style Ranked 2005 Scion xA 4 Dr STD Hatchback worse.
"Premium wheels, compact sedan with great lines, moon roof"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2005 Scion xA 4 Dr STD Hatchback worse.
"You can only fit a small person in the hatch on the xA, but 2-3 adults in the Jetta."
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta Review
annthelamb47 says:
Jetta was a bulky car and not fun to drive. Suspension was not the greatest. Radio was good .Good on gas and strong engine. Cost of repairs were affordable.
vs2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon
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Power Ranked 2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon better.
"It just drove better."
Value Ranked 2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon better.
"Lo profile tires, sunroof, rack. "
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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By Guru9RMKL6

Smooth driving. Quiet engine. Easy to drive and shift. Like it has 6 speed. Not too thrilled about the dashboard. Liked the old better where the rpm and speedometer were both visible. Now it’s either... Read More

Review By Guru982R5V

Checks all my boxes off. Larger space than my Corolla. Heated seats, sun roof, leather type seats, electric drivers seat, digital dash. Read More

2021 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By Jack

its comfortable and great on gas with plenty on power. Read More

Review By Guru9K742G

Roomy, priced right, good value for the price. Android auto connectivity is via a USB cable rather than wireless which is disappointing. Read More

2020 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By gdsnhanson

Good features for the base S model. Engine could use some more hp but that’s how it gets 40 mpg. Read More

Review By Lrgalan51

Excessive oil consumption. No oil showing on the stick before 10,000. Miles, again I liked 1700 more miles before oil change & no oil showing on stick. So VW changed oil & filter & said they added mor... Read More

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By Samuel

I love it. I love how it drives and how comfortable it really is Read More

Review By Guru98GBZP

Well maintained vehicle. The previous owner took very good care of the vehicle Read More

2018 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By John

Price is right, gas mileage is unbelievable. Good deal. Read More

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