Like the car, expensive to repair.
By coach on Sunday, January 29, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000
overall rating 5 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Runs well, comfortable, well equipped."
Cons: "Expensive repairs, reliability less than expected"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I bought this 01 Jetta Wagon (4 cyl, auto) for my daughters to take to college. It had about 110K on the odo, and was in good running condition. The body was in fair condition. It had the appearance that it had recently slid off the road and into a ditch (winter). After a lengthy test drive and inspection, I purchased the vehicle for what I felt was a fair price.
The car runs great, is comfortable to drive, and is typically reliable. It is very well equipped, and the controls are well placed and easy to use. It rides nice on the highway, handles very well in the snow, and the A/C works well in the summer.
After owning the car for almost three years, it currently has over 135K on the odo. I have not been impressed with the gas mileage (ave 24 - 27 mpg), nor the expense for routine maintenance and repair. I had the timing belt replaced at 130K (along with the water pump), and that cost over $600. You have to use ONLY VW coolant, which is not cheap. I also replaced the spark plugs, wires, and coils...again ONLY VW parts can be used.
When the fuel pump went out, that was another $500 repair. I usually do all the work on my cars, including regular oil changes, but the VW requires so many special tools and and computer hook ups that I could not do most of the routine maintenance and repair. Just replacing the sparks plugs required a partial disassembly of the engine.
Overall, the car was ideal for a college car. However, it is getting to the point where it is becoming a money pit. In the past 6 months I have put almost $2,000 in repairs and maintenance into this car. Where do I cut my losses? I would like to sell it to another college bound kid, but I am not sure I would trust someone to drive it for a great distance."
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