2004 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Great car... when it works
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLS TDI Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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Great car... when it works
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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.

Favorite Features

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

Suggested Improvements

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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