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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: 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.
Pros: Heated cloth seats.
Cons: The never-ending and expensive maintainence.
Advice: This car has such heavy maintenance that you won't get from oil chainge to oil change. Don't buy this car!I bought my VW Passat new and I loved it. I could even deal with the delay in the turbo. The 1.8T is really not substantial enough for the weight of the car. The real kicker is that you have to visit the dealer for every little problem and the dealers (I've been to 4)are not much help. Whenever, I have had a problem they hook the car up the the diagnostic machine and shrug their shoulders. I don't think that a VW dealer has ever had a real mechanic. Besides that, the car is so over engineered that when one part breaks - the other connected parts shortly follow suit. I have had air intake sensors replaced, the water pump replaced and the fuel pump replaced and my car just hit 3 years old. If you want a car you are going to have to baby certainly buy this car, but if you don't want the hassle - buy anything besides this car!
Cons: Poor performance
Advice: Do not buy this carok when tested for purchase. just under 20,000 now and it is causing much trouble.
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.