My Jetta has been very reliable and a
good daily driver since I bought it.
The car has decent power once revved
up. Engine space is large and easy to
work in (ie oil changes, filters,
fluids, etc.). The gearbox on my 5spd
is somwehat stiff, moreso than other
VWs I've driven. Seats are comfortable
around town, but less so on long
drives. The passenger seat sits too
high (I'm 6'2" and my head hits the
ceiling unless I slump down).
Ergonomics are excellent inside. The
tiny cupholders and lack of a center
armrest are a bummer (but have changed
with the newer Jetta).
Standard cruise control, AC, stero.
Good braking and decent acceleration.
Gas mileage could be better for a 115hp
car (26city/31hwy). Cute looking car,
I still get compliments on it.
Parts are incredibly expensive. I had
to replace an electronic airbag part
that only the dealer could do which
cost $550! Ouch! I'm not sure I'll buy
another Jetta for this reason alone.
5spd transmission is too stiff
(compared to a Honda this thing shifts
like a full-size truck).