This is a very fun car to drive - we bought prior to birth of 1st child and expected to have it for 10 yrs. Now expecting 2nd child we realize two car seats will not fit the very shallow back seat. I have not experienced many of the mechanical/interior issues as other posters.
Very comfortable, thoughtful ergonomics; steering wheel allows full view of dash; well lit dash (purple); great cargo space; good turn radius - always fit tight parking; Good if you only want to tote around one child in middle of back seat.
Front seat adjustment wheel is cumbersome to turn; drink holders block air vents; cruise control settings are hidden behind steering wheel on turn signal arm; BACK SEAT TOO SHALLOW FOR 2 CAR SEATS (baby & toddler) - forces front seats too far forward.
I've had a lot of problems with my 2002 Volkswagen Jetta, including the fact that it burns 1 quart of oil every 1,000 miles and the manufacturer says that's within specs. I had an issue where the cruise control was broken and the alarm would go off in the middle of the night. I would unlock the car so the alarm wouldn't go off again, but the car would lock itself and then proceed to alarm again. There was an instance where the passenger's side door wouldn't open from the inside. The radio broke and had to be replaced and evidently it wasn't installed correctly to begin with. Shall I go on? I HATE this car! The only cool thing about it is the purple dashboard lights.
I like the purple and red indoor dashboard lights and the roomy interior.
I bought this car two years ago, and
sold it last Saturday. I wish I had
saved myself the $9000 (!!!) it
depreciated. This is a bad car, very
cheaply made. Within the first two
weeks, four plastic items simply fell
from it. Add to this cheap quality the
tiny back seat area, the lack of grip
on pronounced curves, where you always
have to end up correcting in too sudden
a manner, and the completely dumb
electronics (the boot closes itself
automatically all the time, even with
the car open; the e-key is horrible and
unintuitive...),and a horrible
operating manual, and you have a recipe
to go mad.
The designers should just sit on an old
Honda Civic or a Subaru Forester and
take notes on how to design and build a
car. A shame and a waste of money.
Tight shutlines and a build quality
normally associated with costlier
vehicles. Rich interior materials.
The base model includes 4 wheel disc
brakes,ABS, side curtain airbags, dual
front airbags, and front side bolster
airbags standard. Honda charges a
premium for ABS. Attention-to-detail
is immaculate both inside and out. ABS
plastic pans cover the underside of the
car, properly diffusing air, causing
less buffeting and lower wind noise.
As with other 4 cylinder cars, the 2.0
engine bay is neat and all fluids are
clearly marked and within easy reach.
I am thoroughly impressed with VW
Exemplary fit and finish for the money
For the 2.0 GL and GLS wagons: a six
speed tranny, a rear seat that rakes
I'm really very impressed with the
quality and amenities on this car. We
bought the basic "GL" model, and are
very satisfied with it; the only
feature I miss is the electric
windows. The handling is pretty nimble
for a wagon of its size. As for the
engine and tranny, we're still in the
break-in period, so we've avoided
flogging it too much. The car also
swallows a huge amount of stuff with
the rear seats folded, in part due to
the high roofline. We're all smiles.