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Cons: Electrical Problems
Advice: Make sure you have a reputable VW dealership.....The test drive was great - I was acutally given the car for the afternoon and fell in love with it! After I go the car home, there was a ticking noise in the dash...toook it into the dealership only to be faced with the question 'does it only make this noise when you use your turn signal'? That should have been a sign for me to run. After 4 trips to the dealership, they still cannot fix the problem. Since they are the only dealership in town (next one is 300 miles away) they are the end of the line. I love my car and have had no other problems with it (knock on wood) but for the price I paid and the research I did, I should have looked into the dealer ratings first....
Pros: The Diesel engine
Cons: Tough question. Perhaps the occasional plastic rattle
Advice: Test-drive itMy wife and I are very critical, but we absolutely love our Jetta 2005.5 TDI. It's beautiful and feels like a luxury-class limousine (we have the package 2 amenities). We were able to negotiate an excellent price ($23.5k) and have had nothing but an oil change in the first 5,000 miles. It has amazing gas mileage (33-40 city, 45-50 highway), and it runs great on Biodiesel (even quieter than with petrol diesel). Its handling is excellent, very stable in fast curves, and very smooth even in emergency breaking situations. Very solid doors (the sign of good engineering), though you can hear the occasional plastic rattle in the dash under temperature change. Engine is spunky thanks to the Turbo, with great acceleration out of 2000 RPM, though it could probably have benefitted from another 20 HP. Spacious, especially in the front and in the trunk; back legroom goes a bit tight when a tall person moves the front seat back all the way. Even after almost a year, it's a real joy each time we step into this car.
Cons: New body style
Advice: This car is meant to be DRIVEN!From the very first time I sat in the new 2006 Jetta for a test-drive, I knew that it was the car for me. I must admit I was extremely disappointed about the new body style as the zippy/sporty style of the previous years is what made me notice the Jetta in the first place. This new style is, for lack of a better phrase, about as exciting as a Yugo. The new body style did not deter me, however, from taking that test-drive. As I started the test drive the salesperson led me down a road filled with hairpin curves and, because I was driving the car like it was my grandmother's, she kept urging me to 'DRIVE IT!! THIS CAR IS MADE TO BE DRIVEN.' And drive it I did..thus beginning my love affair with the Jetta all over again. I had an enormous grin on my face when I pulled back into the dealership, and it was obvious that I was on a major adrenaline rush. I didn't buy the Jetta that day, as I did not want to make a rash decision. For the next 2 months I stopped at every car dealership I saw and the only thing that impressed me was that NONE of them had ANY VW Jettas. When this occurred to me, it dawned on me that if there are no used Jettas for sale at the used car lots it can only mean two things. Either these cars last a long time and therefore don't get traded in very often, or the only place I would find used Jettas readily availble would be at the VW dealership-which meant that once people buy a Jetta, they rarely trade it in for a car from another manufacturer. I got to thinking that if either (or both) of the above reasons were true then I would be an idiot NOT to get a Jetta. So, the next day I drove my Toyota Camry to the VW dealership and left with a brand new Jetta. And not ONCE have I regretted the decision!!!
Pros: Inexpensive but with high quality
Cons: Had some problems in the snow with traction
Advice: shop around but I think you will find the Jetta to be a good valueI am from New Orleans and I bought my Jetta a month before hurricane Katrina. Since the hurricane I have packed everything I own into it and driven from New Orleans to Oregon then back to New Orleans and now to Colorado. I have put over 15,000 miles on it and have not had any problems. It is still a joy to drive and is good on gas. With 2 people and every inch filled with my belongings I managed 28 mpg. I test drove 8 cars before buying my jetta and I feel I made the right choose.
Pros: The incredible POWER
Cons: Start-up noise
Advice: BUY IT AND ENJOY!!!!I love my new 2.5!!! Folks, I can't shout it louder! I bought my Jetta back in May. 6 months later, I can't complain a bit. Over 16,000 miles put onto my car, and no problems yet. I have questioned the start up noise, but I am told it is no problem. I drive it hard nearly every second of everyday...as you may be able to tell by the miles. What do I love the most about my baby? The turbo power, killer sound system, leatherette seating surfaces, and the beautiful styling. The only problem is that it was built in Mexico instead of Germany. Thanks Volkswagen!!
Pros: Automatic Windshield Wipers
Advice: becareful of VW's quality issues it could end up burning you.I bought the Jetta because of resale value. Never would I have thought I would have problems with a brand new car. I had speaker rattles, wind leak, and faulty passenger seatbelt. This was all fixed under warranty. Then I had to take back because the front drivers door would not open from the inside. I had no even made the first payment and the fuel pump went out and I had to plead to VW for a rental which they finally covered for the whole week it took to fix the car. I am to about 5,500 miles now and the speakers still rattle and I still have the wind leak which I am taking to another VW dealer to have it looked at. I love the way the car handles and rides. The ESP (Electronic Stability Program) is wonderful! I love the heated seats and the power everything.