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    9/18/2010 12:44:34 PM

    2004 Volkswagen Passat

    great car

    Pros: precise steering, comfortalble driving, good braking

    Cons: costly repairs, tie rod,replacing lights,plastic cover on headlights clouded up

    lots of recalls. costly repairs that I never had on past cars I owned with much more mileage on them and much older

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    9/9/2010 8:01:34 AM

    2010 Volkswagen Jetta

    Pros: diesel engine

    Cons: color of controls at night

    great diesel engine, quiet, smooth, all kinds of power, range, over 500 miles highway. in euorpe they use them for taxies, and drive them for 300000 miles. you can't afford not to buy this car!!!!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    8/26/2010 7:12:53 AM

    2009 Volkswagen Jetta

    I love my VW diesel

    Pros: fuel efficiency

    Cons: low seat height

    I've owned my 2009 Jetta TDI for just over a year now, and after 25k miles the car has been flawless. The mileage isn't quite as good as my previous '98 Jetta TDI, but it's a hugely improved car that's quiet, comfortable, powerful and efficient. VW's new common-rail fuel injection and piezo injectors have silenced the clatter typical of older diesels while providing a big boost in power over the old TDI. The new engine runs clean with three exhaust catalysts, and soot-stained bumpers are a thing of the past. This is due to a particle filter on the exhaust that traps soot particles and periodically cleans itself. The car's EPA mileage estimates are a little misleading though. The gov't testing procedure overhaul in 2008 does not accurately portray the car's real-world mileage. The car is rated at 30mpg city and 40mpg highway - in reality it returns 37-38mpg in town and 44-45mpg on the highway. If I were doing more highway driving I'd be seeing 600 miles between fill-ups, but I'm averaging closer to 550. A common misperception about diesels is that the fuel is hard to find, or you must refuel at truck stops. This couldn't be further from the truth. There are no shortage of gas stations that carry diesel fuel in my area. Objections to the increased price of diesel fuel over gasoline are resolved by the car's superior economy. Here in CT, a gallon of diesel costs roughly 5% more than a gallon of regular unleaded. The benefit is the car goes 30-40% further on a gallon of diesel vs the same gallon of gas, so the economy is significant. Also, unlike diesels from 20 years ago, there are no problems starting the car in cold weather. My two TDIs have never failed to start on the coldest mornings in single-digit temps. The $2500 extra cost of the diesel over the base gas engine has been alleviated by a state sales tax exemption ($1400) and a $1300 federal tax credit. While I plan to keep the car for ten years, as I did with my previous TDI, if I do sell or trade the car before then the greater resale value of the diesel will lessen the car's depreciation.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    8/25/2010 1:31:10 PM

    2010 Volkswagen Golf

    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!!!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    8/24/2010 5:33:05 PM

    2004 Volkswagen Jetta

    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.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    8/5/2010 12:08:57 PM

    2003 Volkswagen Jetta

    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.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    7/29/2010 8:57:51 AM

    2003 Volkswagen Jetta

    Right there at the top

    Pros: Opening and closing windows and sunroof from outside.

    Cons: cup holders block a/c vents

    Having 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.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years