Powerful turbo engines, fuel-efficient TDI power plant, fun to drive, comfortable ride, rich interior materials, loads of standard safety features, excellent crash test scores, solid build quality. Cons
Tight rear-seat legroom and weak base four-cylinder on old model, somewhat bland styling on new Jetta.
What's New for 2005
A completely redesigned Jetta sedan has arrived as a midyear replacement, but some versions of the previous version are still available.…
by cl002004 on Oct 2, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Jetta New 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
I've had this car for about 8 years now. I'm not really a car enthusiast, just need something to
comfortably take me from point a to point b without any issues. It does exactly what I need it to do most of the time. The only thing is that unexpectedly random things will go wrong with it. In the past 8 years, power steering broke, oil leaked, trunk door got stuck, and my favorite, the ignition lock(?) broke so that my key would not go in the ignition.
Very costly to get these issues fixed, on top of high regular maintenance costs. Replacing the ignition lock cost $700 + towing expenses.
by frustrated77 on Aug 1, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Jetta New 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
Nothing but trouble.
Wiring issues, now transmission hard shifts.
Problem is extremely common via Google search.
VW dealership just says needs new transmission and denies knowing anything about it, though there has even been at least one attempted class action lawsuit. DO NOT BUY!!!
by jettanomore05 on Jun 9, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
I bought this new.
This car has the worst paint job I have ever had. The front of the car seems to have many little dots of paint missing.
Now I have a history of driving many cars in my youth on gravel roads but never with this car. I cannot account for this problem. I had to have something replaced in the transmission early on due to horrible thud sound.
It still does this at times but they cannot find reason. THe car has been carefully maintained but I just had to replace water pump, tensioners, thermastat, and because of this timing belt was also recommended. Total cost was over $1,050.00. Car has only 59,000 miles on it and is gently driven.
A completely redesigned Jetta sedan has arrived as a midyear replacement, but some versions of the previous version are still available. The GLI VR6 version of the old model was dropped from the lineup, while the GLI 1.8T added an automatic transmission to the options list.