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Best Bang for Buck...Ever!!!
Pros: Interior finish/seats
Cons: No 6 speed manual tranny.What a deal this little road warrior is! With incentives I got this little tiger for $16.5 K. It's quick at low or high speeds. With 18' wheels it's a snake on sandpaper. Seats are fabulous and finish is absolutely first rate. I love it!!!
My Lifetime Favorite
Pros: Engine performance
Cons: Only one useable cupholder in front. They finally got that right a couple years later.I've had a lot of cars in my life, but the Jetta 1.8Turbo is my favorite. Great handling. Spirited performance. Great both around town and on the road. At 100,000 miles it is rock solid. Total repairs beyond scheduled maintenance - zero. I average about 25 mpg in town. It has done as high as 35 MPG on interstate trips. The best feature of the car is the engine. It loves to rev. and the kick in the but when the turbo kicks in is a real treat. Not a dragster, but if you need to do a quick 40 -80 surge to merge in traffic you've found its sweet spot. Note the car is not the same with the 2.5, boat anchor. My son made that mistake. Nice car but no zip. My wife's TDI doesn't have as much zip either but averaging35 MPG commuting in the city, she doesn't mind.
250k Mile TDI Review
Pros: Heated seats
Cons: Low clearance on front end.Just reached 250k miles on an 03 Jetta TDI GLS Wagon, 5 speed stick. Great car. Still getting 44 mpg overall. Normal routine maintenance. Highly recommend the TDI engine and VW body. Still runs perfect and rides comfortable. Would buy another without hesitation.
Kleine GTI - Fun & Practical
Pros: Sporty handling
Cons: Speedometer (precision lacking at normal speeds)Bought this car four years ago and still love driving it. With its handling, speed and utility, its probably the best balanced car you can buy. A defective A/C compressor has been my only real problem - though it took awhile to get it finally straightened out. Other than that its been a very reliable, hot hatchback.
Cons: jWould Most definantly own another jetta
Right there at the top
Pros: Opening and closing windows and sunroof from outside.
Cons: cup holders block a/c ventsHaving owned a new foreign car or domestic truck every two years since 1989 I can tell you the VW Jetta TDI is one car I can't get rid of. Seven years and 157K later it still looks and drives very well. Less than 1K $ in non-maintenance repairs the TDI just keeps on trucking along at 40+ mpg mixed driving. Not nearly as fast as some of my others but much more frugal on gas (685 mp tank). Wish VW would put the Diesel in the CC.
car looks good