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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.
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.
Pros: Great Gas Mileage; engine itself.
Advice: Watch out for all the electronic bells and whistles that come with the vehicle. VW is known (at least in my circle of friends) for having electrical switch problemsVery happy with vehicle UNTIL 5/year/50000 mile warranty expired. THEN, everything changed. How about a (never heard of) alternator pulley cracking. I had to buy a new alternator (not just parts) and many hours of labor later, a $840.00 bill. Two weeks later, the very common (I'm told by a local VW repair shop) power window failed. Then, on same day, the O2 sensor needed to be replaced. This should not happen at 62,000 miles! I did not mention having to change out faulty wagon hatch switch TWICE (both under warranty). Then there are the human elements of the 'ease of usefulness.' The Germans are not very good at this! The doors lock constantly (there's no overriding of them), the hatch always locks as soon as I stop the car, etc. No,...NEVER AGAIN. Hello Honda!
Pros: the turbo
Cons: cup holders
Advice: get the turbo aftermarket accesorries are great!!!very very quick the 1.8t is... even the automatic with tipptronic trans well in the turns
Pros: blue dashboard lights, handling, design
Advice: buy oneI got this car new & leased it. After the lease was up I just couldn't part with it for a new one. I totally love this car! I've had NO problems with it, love the way it handles (the 1.8T engine is great) and I feel the design, engineering of this car is incredible value. Handles like a Mercedes . Has a great solid, hugging the road feel, the interior is elegant & well designed. I keep waiting for something to go wrong w/ reading bad reports , but I've had no trouble at all with this car. Very disappointed w/ the new Jetta. It looks like a Toyota to me & has lost its European/ German look and become generic.
Pros: heated seats and mirrors
Cons: the price
Advice: noneThis is my second Jetta. The car is leased and for the first time I am considering buying this car at the end of the lease, since VW doesn't make this engine any more. I am short and this is the perfect car for me. The pick up is incredible, gas mileage good, the heated seats and mirrors are a blessing in bad weather. The fold down rear seats make this almost a wagon.
Advice: Just don't do it.......I LOVED my car when I bought it, and for the first year it was awesome. Once I took it in to get the regular scheduled maintenance, everything started falling apart. The heating/cooling unit died, the transmission started 'thudding' into gear, the power windows started to fail, and the tires mysteriously 'unbalanced' themsevles several times...and maintenance costs, just for the regular maintenance are expensive. Don't buy it, for the money, get something you won't have problems with...Toyota or Honda.