2002 VW Jetta - good used car choice?

susanjnAugust 21, 2011

Hi! I posted awhile back asking your opinions on a Cube. We decided to instead go for a used car under $5000.

One choice is a 2002 VW Jetta, manual transmission and 95000 miles. We've never owned a VW. Any opinions on old Jettas? We'll be taking it to our own mechanic tomorrow for a once over.

The body looks good, and the Carfax report has nothing of concern. We currently own two Toyotas with over 100K each.

Thanks,

Susan

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joe_mn

Has timing belt been changed? A worn clutch is not cheap. Ok car in my opinion.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 11:33AM
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susanjn

Thanks for the reply, Joe. My husband took it to our mechanic who said, "You don't want this car." I'm not sure what was wrong, but I guess it wasn't so good under the hood.

We revamped our criteria, and ended up buying a 2009 Hyundai Sonata for well under KBB. And our mechanic could only find a couple scratches underneath. It's now our newest car, 2nd best gas mileage, mostly driven by son and husband. I continue to drive the boring white Sienna...sigh.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2011 at 1:50AM
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