2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
After a lot of research and test
driving I decided on a 2004 GLI 1.8T.
Very pleased I am. This car is a blast
to drive, I will admit that the fuel
consumption could be better but I can't
help but step on it when I get the
chance. I would not change much but an
armrest would be a nice touch and a
little more room in the back. Overall
for the money this car is great.
The wheels, seats and the stereo.
More room in the back, less brake dust
an armrest. Minor issues but what car
doesn't have a few. Still recommended
2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
What a great car...For the last twenty
years I have owned nothing but
Mercedes, and one Subaru Outback bought
this year that I quickly got rid of
(what a piece of junk)and replaced it
with this Jetta. Only 1,000 miles on it
and all is functioning well. It is so
fun to drive and I think they are made
better than the MEBE I was thinking of
I love the Color (spice red),
the look of the dash(very soothing red
and blue lights at night) I like the
saftey features and it's so fun to
drive. Leather package very
suspension...incredible, engine: prob.
one of the best VW has made. I am
Power seats might be nice, but I am
comfomtable with the way they adjust
now. Rearview dimming mirror and
compass might be a nice touch too.
2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
I've had my VW Jetta 1.8T for 2
months. Since I bought it late in the
season (June 2004) it had been sitting
on the lot for a while. Driver's side
door needed to be realigned,
shake/shimmey needed to be fixed (said
it was the roters - got rusty due to
sitting in the lot all year??).
Otherwise, I love it's exterior look
(navy blue, sleek) and the grey
interior. Great acceleration
especially on high-way passing. Brakes
need to be depressed far but very
responsive. Monsoon sound system is
great. Sunroof is AWESOME. I'm happy
with the purchase....so far!!
Color, style, responsive handling,
highway "zip", compact size without
feeling too cramped
"Ticking" noise in the engine when in
park after driving on the
highway...difficult to turn steering
wheel when in park (straightening out
my crooked parking jobs!)
2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
Why does Edmunds suck? Because they
relentlessly bash American cars on
such petty issues as interior
materials and fail to take into
account the what you save
when you buy an American car (due to
I love my Jetta, but Edmunds has gone
overboard with their review of
it. "Each Jetta is assembled with
care!" "Build quality is superb!" Give
me a break. They fail to take into
account this car's past reliability
issues, when they rehash those issues
time and time again for every American
car they review. Let me just say that
my Jetta is a joy to drive with the
powerful and fun 1.8T, but is
sometimes sluggish off the bat and
has a rattly dashboard.
1) INTERIOR. Base cloth seats are
superb in quality, and materials
throughout the car are first-rate.
Good ergonomics throughout; 2) ENGINE.
1.8T is worth the few extra $.
Just push the throttle, and you'll be
amazed by the power; 3) HANDLING.
Nice compromise btw. Euro and American.
1) AIR. Air shouldn't come out of the
vents when the air or air conditioning
isn't turned on; 2) TRUNK PASS-
THROUGH. Not something I necessarily
need but would be a good addition; 3)
EDMUNDS. Edmunds needs improving.
They're by far the most biased, nit-
picky car reviewers I've read.
2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I love my Jetta. I only wish i could
drive it in an area which would allow
me to "open it up" more. I long for
The 1.8T exhibits very little lag,
compared to my Saab 91 900T.
I like the new silver accents around
the grill and along the side. It looks
a bit more refined and distinct than
other Jetta IVs.
If you live in a snowy area, get the
15" wheels on the GLS.
The sport package (17" wheels, stiffer
suspension) is nice in the summer, but
useless in the winter.
Lots of upgrades available for tuners.
Changing your oil yourself voids
warranty, and is very difficult, due
to a plastic protector plate.
Interior controls. Placement and
appearance are Audi-esque. I love that
EVERY switch lights up.
Stock Monsoon Stereo is GREAT for the
average listener. (I'm sure a true
audiophile could find some weak points)
Rear Seating Room. Friends are
Bottom-portion of folding rear seat
feels like it is made of foam. Cheap
Make the auto door lock able to be
disarmed! I hate having to keep
pressing the unlock to get stuff out
of my back seat.