I was the unlucky owner of a 2000 VW Jetta. If you ever take advice from a stranger, especially a stranger from <gasp> the internet <gasp> don't ever, ever, ever, ever, ever buy a VW product ever in your life! (I'm sure there are plenty of happy VW owners out there, I am not one of you - the farfegnugen eluded me.)
Anyone who has ever looked at consumer reports knows that 2000 was NOT the year to buy a Jetta (or any VW, for that matter) - instead of those pretty red circles that let you know you got something really good, the Jetta report was riddled with black circles that I think were filled in with more and more black circles just to make sure the point got across that this was NOT a good purchase (wish consumer reports had ESP).
Not including warranty work and "maintenance", my out of pocket expenses were on the verge of $7000 (yep, I even checked into the lemon law to no avail). Last year I spent close to $3000 on the car and my most recent trip for the check engine light that was on more than it was off was going to cost between $1100 - $1500. Keep in mind, this is a car for which I was the original owner and which I religiously took for checkups every 5k-10k miles (and about every other month since the check engine light thought it's job was to be on, not off).
Basically, I was paying a car payment just to keep this car running and imho, it was only halfway through it's life expectancy. So...today, I bought a new car.
I am now the new owner of a 2007 Honda civic!! I'm excited and also bummed because I really wanted to get through school without a car payment and because I'm the kind of person who drives cars into the ground (the car I had before the Jetta was a 16yo celica with over 200k miles).
Anyway, I hope I have better luck with this car...it's Galaxy Gray (whatever that means...) and I just have to think of a good name for it so that she and I can get off on the right foot (maybe that was the problem with the Jetta - I never gave it a name).
Just wanted to share...
Nov 26, '06
Congrats on the new car!! I owned a Honda CRX....was still running strong with 289,000 miles on it when I sold it. I still miss that car....I loved my car....lol. DH made me sell it when we moved up here....geesh...just because it was small and I couldn't see over the snowbanks...LOL. Now I have a "Maine vehicle"....gas guzzling SUV....
Nov 26, '06
So sorry about all the VW troubles . . we went thru something similar with our 17yo 4Runner (6-cylinder; rebuilt engine TWICE: once at 99,000, again at 149,000!!!), and I agree, I think it was just the year for that particular vehicle.
Congrats on your new car, hope it performs reliably (and you love it!) for many years!!
Nov 28, '06
Congratulations on the vehicle purchase! I hope you get some long-lasting enjoyment out of your new 2007 Honda. It sucks to be me right now. I wish I had your Honda.....
Nov 28, '06
congrats on the new vehicle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good riddance to the old one.
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