We've had our 2004 GL TDI auto
(Tiptronic) wagon for 4 months and 7K
miles. Love it! This car replaces a
2001 GLX VR6, and I don't miss the
added power of the V6 that much. The
TDI is wonderful--punchy at all speeds,
with a great surge of turbo power
always available. Gave up some
creature comforts in going to the GL,
but the seats are still great and the
car still has good featutes. Tons of
cargo room, and a great ride for long
trips. We regularly average 40-42 MPG
in mixed driving. A wonderful car!
Our 2nd Jetta and we've been happy with
TDI power and mileage, wagon
versatility, great value for $21K.
Wonderful seats, quiet ride (no diesel
clatter at all unless at idle), control
of Tiptronic transmission.
Like many others have said, the car has
some interior rattles that are
annoying. Stock stereo stinks, making
us miss the Monsoon unit from the
2001. Armrest should come with all
models--can't even order one for the
GL. Make available with 4Motion.
Don't be fooled by all the wonderful words out there on the world wide web about the VW TDI or the VW Jetta. I have had nothing but problems with my 2004 VW Jetta TDI Wagon. It has been in the shop at least 6 times for a multitude of problems ranging from a malfunctioning fuel pump/fuel gauge/instrument cluster to defective seats. It has multiple rattles and squeaks that the dealership cannot fix for some reason. Amazingly enough, it doesn't meet criteria for the lemon law, yet.
Well, no matter the fuel costs,
$1.59/gal(june04) or $2.09/gal(12/04),
I get the advertised 38mpg city, but
set at cruise, 65mph Hwy, I get 52 mpg.
The overall comfort is very good, but
the front seat shoulders should curve in
more as being 5'-4" I don't get full
effect of seat comfort. Interior
controls are very easy to use w/o
affecting driving, rear seat leg room
cramped a bit, but manageable. I
sometimes get "creaking" noise in
doors, but I WD40 the hinges and that
stops. LOVE the interior control
It's fun to drive all the time. I look
forward to driving it. Handles all
curves excellent, even at 45 mph.
The 5 speed manual shift. Very smooth
shifting and quick response.
LOVE the dash/interior controls
lighting.Very easy on the eyes.
Wow, the trunk space is surprisingly
Front seat shoulder (and back) comfort.
Shoulders should curve in more as
being a short person, I don't get full
comfort affect of shoulder/back
support. Overhead map lights could be