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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel - Consumer Reviews

2005 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel

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Great Car, can't beat TDI-
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By Geoff
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel New TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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Nothing but good things to say about this one. I have had four other VWs, and I enjoy this the most in terms of reliability and looks. NO major problems after 150k miles, TDI still feels like new, fuel filter does need to be changed every 20k, otherwise will feel loss of power. No problems with knobs, wiring, other than rear latch can be difficult to use in really cold. I guess the worst thing was engine sway mount did break, causing engine to torque more under load. Have hit 65MPG on highway-only driving doing 60mph!


Best Features

fuel economy, car radio


Worst Features

Seats can be a little firm after long driving. Timing chain instead of belt.


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Never go without a warranty
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By gunz20
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel New TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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Our first import car. TDI is great for fuel economy. Problems; we hit 20000 miles & had to replace the fuel filter. Could have been bad diesel fuel, but paid because its suggested to be replaced every 20000 miles. Vehicle now has 64000, no problems since. Trunk lid latch doesn't work in cold weather. Got it replaced under warranty, now it doesn't work again and no warranty to help. Most recent, driver side door electrical harness went out, leaving me with no controls, no way lock car or open up the fuel tank door. VW wants $500 to repair. Dealer said passenger door is going out, another $500. Also, we have replaced several, blown exterior light bulbs, some multiple times.


Best Features

Gas mileage meets and exceeds what I was expecting.


Worst Features

Better service from VW and to back their product up would be nice. I understand user ware & tear on products, but bad wire harnesses sound like a faulty designed product. Not to mention the $500 to replace a wire harness.


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So far so good
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By who needs a hybrid?
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel New TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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Purchased new in 9/05, paid full sticker, no dealer shopped would budge on price so it came down to color/options. First diesel car ever owned and would definitely buy another one. Car seems as quiet/powerful as the 1.8 gas, mileage averages over 40mpg, 80% highway driving with the automatic. Surprising reliability as an '86 GLI I owned fell apart around 75K miles of hard driving. Gripes, I once owned a '04 Passat and was much more comfortable behind the wheel, I'm only 6' tall, the center console protrudes too much into my right leg. Also, the cruise control controls belong on the steering wheel, like the Passat. Otherwise no other major complaints other than I wish diesel was cheaper!


Best Features

Engine, build quality, reliability, so far, big trunk, around 500 miles between fill ups!


Worst Features

All models with cruise control should have controls on steering wheel.


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Commendable Vehicle
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By steve
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel New TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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My 2005 VW Jetta TDI is very fun and predictable to drive. All of its systems function fine. Its gas mileage was fairly close to 50 mpg on my first trip from St. Louis MO to Las Vegas NV.


Best Features

It is very responsive and has plenty of power with its TDI engine


Worst Features

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Unreliable Lemon! VW won't replace!
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By Alisha
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel New TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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For some buying a VW is great but it has been the worst experience ever for me. This is my first new car and it has broken down four times in six months. The worst part is that VW doesn't know what is wrong. The last time it was in, they just kept replacing things until the code went away. The problem is that the car will work fine, then when you stop and try to go, it won't go anywhere. You give it gas but it acts like it is in neutral. This has happened in the middle of intersections almost causing us to wreck. I told VW and the dealer this, they said they won't replace my car. The VW Customer Care line lacks care and contradicts itself. VW doesn't know how to repair their cars. Note to consumers, read the lemon law carefully!


Best Features

The style of the Jetta is its best feature. Other than that it is a very unreliable car that the manufacturer doesn't know how to fix. They just state that the car is fixed and try to butter you up in hopes that you don't contact a lawyer. Basically they don't back-up their product.


Worst Features

Actually have a customer care line that cares about the customer and follows through. Also, VW dealers need a service department and technicians that knows how to fix their cars. VW should back-up their product and not put the customer in harm's way by forcing them to continuously take back a faulty car.


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