I have owned my Jetta Wagon for 8 years now and have 115k miles on it. This has been a good car. I tend to drive cars into the ground and have completed this mission with several Toyotas... so I know good cars. I have had a few problems with the plastic handles on the glove box and arm rest. They have been replaced. The door seal tends to freeze the door shut when left over night in very cold weather. Other than these small problems this has been a carefree car. I know two other people that own this same wagon and they have had the same luck with their cars that I have with mine. Consumer Reports did a very poor job of reviewing this car. I would recommend this car.
Fun to drive and lots of room for a small car. Sun roof. Can't stop this car with studded tires on it in the winter. Lots of power to weight ratio.
Not much for this type of car. I do not expect this car to last as long as my Toyotas but still it has been fine for 115k miles.
I bought this car after owning 3 Accords in a row I was a little leery considering some of the reliability stories you hear of VW. This car has been great, even with the 2.0 4cyl it is fun to drive, the mileage exceeds their claim. The exterior styling isn't for everyone, but I like it. The Monsoon stereo is great. I have had no mech or elec problems. The only issues are that the air vents seem to get damaged easily and the seat cloth holds lint like mad. The cup holders are a pain, but I think that's a German thing as even BMWs have subpar holders. Just be sure to use a closed top lid unless you want to spend a weekend cleaning coffee out of the stereo like I did from the prev owner.
I've had the car 3 years now without any trouble, our second VW (we also have a Beetle). The cargo capacity is terrific, the handling is smooth, the mileage is very good. Overall a great car for the price. One note: VWs do burn oil so I check the level about every 6 weeks or so.
Power Moonroof, front cup holders, ability to close windows and moonroof with key in the door after engine is off, cargo capacity, split seat, side airbags/overall safety features.
This car is smaller in leg room than the Passat. If you are tall and need the leg room, best to pay up. Location of front cup holder is not ideal - it blocks access/view to the radio.
me is the little, stupid failures in
detail. The power window's cable clips
inside the doors broke (replaced), the
latch for the center console broke, the
rubberized surface on some of the
plastic interior pieces is peeling, the
rear windows washer leaks, and the
center caps on my front two wheels FELL
OFF. The check engine light just lit up
too. Car drives great. Quiet, smooth.
Like I said, the little details suck.
Plenty of power for a small 2.0 and a
high curb weight. Loads of room. Comfy
seats. Monsoon stereo is NICE.
Don't rubberize the plastic trim if the
rubberization is going to PEEL. Use
snap on center caps and not GLUED ON.
Use a metal latching device on the
center console. Not tiny little plastic