This was the first car I purchased on my own. I did the research and I felt strong negotiating with the dealer. I have been loyal to the dealer, until I found another mechanic who offered a second opinion on a pricey repair. He taught me about how I was getting ripped off. The new mechanic educated me, showing me the parts and how they worked. He treated me like I actually had a brain. The dealer always presents problems - every time I went in for routine maintenance - as if it always was urgent and threatened my safety. I have stopped going to the dealer. Had I been treated as if I had a brain I might still be going there.
stereo, turbo engine, color (bright blue), body shape (slightly boxy)
Need an extender on the visor when used to block sun on the side. I use a paper folder to extend it on long trips when the driver's seat is back farther than the visor reaches. Also needs more durable rear bumper. Mine is dinged like crazy from city parking, and I've already replaced it once.
I love my Volkswagen Jetta GL TDI. I've made two trips to Portland, OR, 4,500 miles, and averaged over 51 mpg. I use cruise control and set it at about 65 mph. With effort, I've gotten 44 mpg around town. With a tail wind, I've gotten 55 mpg on selected trips of 600 miles. It's the only car I've ever driven that goes over Raton Pass (CO / NM) with cruise control still working when I get to the top of the mountain.
I love the great gas mileage, love the handling, and the fact that the seats provide enough support that I'm comfortable after a long trip.
I want a station wagon next so I can put 3 dog crates in it - and still be able to shift gears. I'd also like to move the female end of the front seat belt down if I'm traveling and want to stop for a nap.
In the first year I was driving 120
miles per day and was getting between
50-55 mpg. My commute lessened
considerably, and now I'm only getting
mid 40s, though on longer trips its back
up around 50. While the TDI doesn't have
quite as much pep as a 1.8T or a V6, its
still sportier than many other "economy"
commuter vehicles. Takes a little bit
longer to start when its below zero, but
have never had it fail to start. Only
one mechanical issue related the
glowplugs that was misdiagnosed at
first, but then fixed properly on a
subsequent visit. I wholeheartedly
recommend this car to anyone who has to
drive any sort of distance.
Gas mileage, simple interior features,
solid road handling, fun to drive.
The cupholders in the front sit in front
of the radio when you have a CD player
installed. The rear cupholders aren't
deep enough to be useful.
This car is awesome. It gets
phenomenal mileage (it is a diesel) at
50-60 mpg depending on driving
conditions, a/c useage, etc. It
handles well, it is quiet (you can only
slightly hear the diesel engine at
idle), has awesome storage capacity
with the backseat folded down and has a
great sound system. 40,500 miles so
far and not 1 problem
Fuel mileage! Also, can haul a
suprising amount of stuff when the
backseat is folded down.
Cup holders are a bit wobbly with heavy
drinks in them.