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2004 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Reviews

2004 Volkswagen Jetta

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Great car... when it works
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By Steve
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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A very fun car to drive, with great mileage and design--but expensive and time consuming to maintain once it's out of warranty. We made the mistake of buying one at 80,000 miles. In the first 18 months we owned it, it was literally in the shop more often than not. Most of the problems weren't that major, but there were many, many problems and the parts were expensive (and VW sent wrong/broken parts every single time). In 2.5 years it depreciated about $7500 and we spent thousands in repairs, but only got to drive about 20,000 miles. Also, lots of buzzing/creaking inside the car, and exterior cosmetic parts fall off way too easily.


Best Features

Fuel efficiency; handling & performance; great looks (interior and exterior); full spare and plenty of trunk room


Worst Features

VW: Build it to last, hire some competent people in your parts department, and don't charge an arm and a leg for everything. Also, the back seats are practically useless.


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Pick something else, not VW
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Time to change
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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I'm a lifelong bug driver. My husband got a TDI Jetta wagon and it has been a nightmare. The engine gummed up, blamed on diesel fuel 1000, the front heated seat burned through the leather, the driver's window fell into the door, the leather wore very poorly, the back window has mysteriously broken 3 times with high deductible has been a fortune. It's like a Christmas tree with a light on all the time. Time to dump it and head to Honda. Truly sad, we like the styling but hey, it has to leave the driveway.


Best Features

Love the looks, and the great gas mileage.


Worst Features

Needs reliability, needs quality interior components. They look good but don't last. They need to back a real lemon.


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VW's are lemons--just junk
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By Tim
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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This car was a nightmare from Day One. Transmission problems have been the biggest single issue, and still having problems after spending thousands to fix. But many other problems too numerous to list, from replacing power steering pump and alternator to paint defects and low-profile plastic bumpers that pull off after barely touching a curb. This car only had 45K on it when tranny and alternator went out and we started having one mechanical breakdown after another. Seventy-five percent of my "ownership experience" has been watching this car bake in the sun broken down again in my driveway. Do not -- even if it sounds like the deal of a lifetime -- buy a VW!!!


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I liked the way the Jetta looked and test drove at the dealer, but that was the last time I liked anything about it. I HATE this car and dream at night about "accidentally" parking the piece of junk on freight train tracks! It would be joyous almost beyond description to watch it get blown to bits.


Worst Features

The only improvements to the mechanical design flaws are a couple sticks of dynamite and a match. VW's employees should be rounded up with pitchforks and torches and put on trial for crimes against humanity for dumping this crap on unsuspecting consumers. I'll never again buy VW -- never, ever!


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Should have completed more research!
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By Sneel
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Very disappointed in this purchase. Thought that it would be more reliable. Someone warned us that a Jetta was like a Christmas tree--- always a light on and we should have listened! From Day 1, we had problems. The brakes and roters never were quite right, the armrest broke, center piece of wheel came off never to be found again, transmission problems, trunk problems, remote on the keychain only worked when it wanted to, .....you name it! Definitely went with American made for our next purchase!


Best Features

Definitely the gas mileage. Also, liked the sportiness of the car.


Worst Features

Main suggestion: Steer clear of a Jetta!!!!!!!!!


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Fun to drive
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By nappo
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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Having gone over the years through Volvo, Mercedes, Oldsmobile, Toyota and many different models VW, from a 56 beetle to a Vanagon camper, I am back having fun driving in my 04 TDI. In spite of having the odd expense that needs fixing (are there any car's that do not??) this car is an absolute joy to be in. The seats (mine is the "Sport" edition)are firm and comfy, and the acceleration and general performance not to mention the excellent fuel economy are yet hard to beat in a combined package as it is. Great headroom too, in spite of the sun/moonroof. I just love it!


Best Features

Great shifting gearbox, quickly heating seats, performance, fuel economy, great all-round visibility, electric and heated mirrors, muffled sound signal when using the keys to lock the car, rather then the loud annoying horn on many cars when doing this at night.


Worst Features

Better access to the arm rest storage as it gets in the way of the emergency brake, (has been improved on newer models already), maybe wider more useful protection mouldings along the doors to protect from careless nicks and bangs from other driver doors in parking lots.


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