2004 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Nice design but poor quality
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon - Consumer Review

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Nice design but poor quality
By nwr on

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

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I decided on the Jetta 1.8T because it provided a nice list of features for the price, and I thought the 4cyl-turbo engine provided a decent compromise between performance and fuel efficiency. The car has great ergonomics and is comfortable to drive, but I've lost faith in the car's build quality and reliability. I've had the car for 5000 miles. Here are the problems I've encountered so far: 1) A/C did not work out of the box. Broken seal on the compressor had to be replaced. 2) Vacuum line "fell off" the intake manifold. Caused loss of power brakes and engine stalling. Had to be towed. 3) Very poor gas mileage--18mpg (2mpg better than my SUV!). Dealer is investigating...

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Ergonomic design.

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