I've had my 2011 2.5l Jetta Wagon for about 70k miles and it's been a great, reliable wagon. The size of the car is perfect. You can fit 4 adults and their gear or fold the seat down if you need to haul anything big. I've never run out of room in this car. Its a not performance car but the 5 speed transmission is fun to row through and the 5 cylinder engine has enough power to have some fun on twisty roads. Its also a very practical car for the price - the standard features are great (bluetooth, heated seats), I average about 30 mpg and this little car will handle bad weather with proper tires. My wagon goes with me on many ski and mountain bike trips and its never let me down.
-one of the few wagons where a true manual transmission is available
-reliable - some say VW's have reliability issues but mine has been perfect
-great car for the money, long list of standard features.
-fun to drive - great steering, strong brakes, decent power, slick manual transmission
-huge cargo space
-for a FWD car its great in the snow with a good set of snow tires.
-If VW made the Jetta wagon in AWD, I'd be the first in line buy one
-while the engine has adequate power, more torque would be nice for climbing up hills and highway passing.
July 3, 2014 on I-5 in Los Angeles, the ABS module failed on our 2011 Sportwagen TDI. The module controls the power steering, a/c, brakes, airbags, etc... We get off the freeway, and drop off car at McKenna VW in Cerritos.
Problem diagnosed July 5, and I'm told the repair will be $3200. Service rep tells me to call Customer Care. I do this and start a case #. Four days later, I get a call - VW will contribute $700. "And we don't have to do a thing, since you're out of warranty," I am told. The car has 50,000 miles on the odo.
12 July - we finally get a call that the car is ready. $1860 is the final bill.
Took VW 5 days to get ABS module from Texas to California.
Separate the functions of ABS, traction control, power steering, a/c, airbags, etc... from the ABS module. It's idiotic that all these functions go through this one electronic device. A failure of this part makes the car virtually undrivable.
Warn consumers that repairs on this vehicle will be expensive, and that VW Customer Care doesn't care.
Warn customers to purchase the extended warranty, as repairs are expensive and will be needed.
Warn customers that VW seems unable to transport parts from one part of the country to another any sooner than 5 days.
Warn customers that VW does not care if you are stranded by one of their defective vehicles, hundreds of miles from home.
This is my first experience with a VW.
While I love to drive it and the gas mileage is great, I
have had 3 repairs since my warranty expired. First my hatchback latch broke. At 41,000 miles a glow plug had to be replaced. Lastly, the car quit on me at 49,00 miles. The fuel injection pump failed and there were metal shavings in the fuel line. Apparently there is a technical bulletin for the 2009 model. Thankfully VW of Pasadena paid for the replacement at no cost to me.
All started in the winter at about 58k. Bought care used with 34k. Got it for the gas milage as i drive 100 miles highway/ day. Check engine light came on, took it i , vw said had to replace fuel injector. Less than a month later, was in for 2nd fuel injector replacement. Vw didnt think anything abnormal about 2 going bad. Less that a month later car back in twice because of ANOTHER FUEL INJECTOR, and the key ignition switch (locks click on and off when car pulls to a stop). 2 weeks ago, check engine late on AGaIN, VW international said they sent the dealer a faulty one, and they are replacing on that was already replaced 2 months ago. Guess what happened today, after only driving 600 miles.
Overall, it's a decent car that gets great fuel mileage, but we've had multiple problems where the 3 year old car has left us stranded.
Radio was replaced twice, paint is peeling near the driver's side door, flapper valve failed (warranty was extended on this part), and now we get the Immobilizer Active error where the instrument cluster has failed.
It's not a car I would buy again.
Not so sure I would buy any VW product again as my sister has had nothing but problems with her two VWs.
Love the fuel mileage - ave between 40 - 50 mpg depending on outside temperature.
Have drive in -25 degree weather with no problems starting.
Just takes a little longer to warm up.
We've had many cars over the years and at first the Sportwagen appeared to be one of the best before we started having all these problems.
This should not be happening to a 3 year old car!
I think I'll go back to a Toyota or Subaru.