Almost perfectly reliable for 93K miles
By Bart on
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.
Interior, mpg (27-30) with an automatic, pleasant driver, styling holds up, durable paint.
Black cloth interior stains easily. Rear turning signals should be orange not red for safety. Headlights cast the shortest pattern the on any car I have ever driven.