I bought my Jetta GLS TDI new in 2001 and it now has 197,000 miles and is going strong. I commute 150 miles round trip daily, so I wanted a comfortable car with good fuel mileage - I have been well pleased. I'm considering buying another one, but want to hang on to this one. My only problems have been with VW service. I used to take it to the dealer since it's difficult to find a non-VW dealer mechanic, but have regretted the inconvenience and the cost. When I contacted VW last summer after a dealer in SC had my car for 3 weeks and continued to give me the run-around, VW was not helpful and borderline rude. So, I'll keep my TDI and maybe buy another one, but find an independent mechanic.
The fuel efficiency, tight handling, comfortable seats, and good safety features.
The front spoiler is very low and often scrapes or gets caught on curb or parking space markers. Better customer service from VW!