The Jetta is no longer priced like an economy car; yet its powerful engine lineup, near ideal balance between ride and handling and premium cabin materials make it one of our top recommendations to small car buyers.
by Bart on Dec 15, 2007 Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Total repairs include one throttle body (under warranty), broken clips on power window during a winter freeze (fixed for free by a dealer), and brake pads/rotors. Rear brakes were at 92K miles, fronts at 80k. That's it. Another example of buying at the end of a model run for best reliability? This has been a perfect 'extra' family car in terms of reliability, economy (27-30 mpg) and practicality. With good snows and stability control, it handles New England snow very well. Performance is modest with the 2.0 liter and automatic, but fine on the hiwy. Handling is serious understeer, but it is a predictable car to drive and I don't dread switching from my A4 quattro when the occasion arises.
by BeeMyBabi on Jul 6, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
This is my 3rd Jetta and I am an avid
fan. It comfortably fits my family of
3 and this car is mainly used for
commuting. Great fuel economy. I would
purchase another again. Outstanding
that most upgraded features in other
cars comes standard with this VW such
as air, upgraded stereo, power
windows/locks, and alarm. Handles very
well and pick up is great on the manual.
For 2004, all Jetta models get an updated look, optional telematics and a new and more powerful 1.9-liter TDI engine (GL and GLS models only). The 2.0-liter engine is now PZEV-rated, and the GLX trim is no longer available. Also note that you can no longer get the 1.8T engine in GL trim. Besides that, the GLI sedan sports new 17-inch alloy wheels and the Cold Weather Package items (heated seats and washer nozzles) as standard, while the GLS features a standard Monsoon stereo. The wagons get a revised instrument cluster late in the model year, and the sedans get new metallic trim rings around the gauges.