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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel - Consumer Reviews

2004 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel

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Love my Diesel Jetta
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By Dan
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Vehicle

2004 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GL TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Review

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
lighting.
It's fun to drive all the time. I look
forward to driving it. Handles all
curves excellent, even at 45 mph.


Best Features

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 large.


Worst Features

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 brighter.


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Great Car if you don't mind rattles
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By tom and heather
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5A)


Review

This is a wonderful commuter car if you
can get past the interior rattles.
When I took delivery, the car was very
quiet, now with 12,400 miles since May
04, there are now 5 to 6 areas that
rattle in the interior and occasionally
the right rear door does not unlock
completely when using the electronic
system. Other than, that we love it!


Best Features

Leather interior, sound system, comfortable seats, sporty handling, great fuel economy but plenty of power, tiptronic transimission is a blast.


Worst Features

Please pay more attention to fit and finish in the interior, too many rattles for a $21,000 car!


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TDI-PD
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By richmond20657
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Review

Excellent car excellent fuel mileage
and suprising performance from a 100hp
motor.the only thing i would have
improved is interior noises and rear
leg room handles great and the leather
heated seats w/cold package are really
comfortable its a buy


Best Features

heated seats/ fuel mileage


Worst Features

leg room.interior squeaks (minor)


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Expedition to Jetta and I'm OK with that
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By WI_Commuter
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GLS TDI 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Review

After 17000 miles I'm very happy with
the 04 Jetta wagon. Very comfortable on
the highway (I'm 6'2" and have an hour
long commute, so this was a concern).

Have hit 50+mpg on highway drives,
average is closer to 40 though when
commuting. Mine rattles between 35 and
40 mph, but can't complain 'cause I
haven't taken it in for a fix yet.

I went from an '02 Eddie Bauer
Expedition to the Jetta; I can't
realistically tow my boat with it, but
other than that I'm happy with the
change. I did install a class II hitch
on it though and can pull a loaded 4x8
trailer easily (the low and torque is an
obvious benefit here).


Best Features

Engine performance / economy ratio is fantastic. Comfortable to drive and actually looks good in the driveway (to me anyway).


Worst Features

You can't get all the luxury options when you get the diesel, this is lame (namely climate control, HomeLink, and auto-dimming mirror). You can't even get this in a Passat diesel last I checked. This is lame, lame, lame. Are you listening VW?... LAME!


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Great ride!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
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By VWConvert
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GLS TDI 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Review

I drive 75 miles round trip daily and
take the kids all over the place. I
need only one tank of gas weekly
getting 44.5 MPG. The car drives
beautifully and is smoother than my
last three new cars. The Jetta TDI
jumps out of the starting blocks and
cruises like a champ. My 17 year old
wants to drive it all the time.


Best Features

Just plain fun to drive! It's a tight, responsive sports like feel to it. Power to burn!


Worst Features

Back seat is small but I don't sit there. Needs right arm rest in drivers side.


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