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NOT A RELIABLE CAR!
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By saint13
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I have a 2005 Volkswagen jetta GLI. At 65,000 miles, my timing belt snapped and it left me on the side of the highway. Had major costly engine damage. Since then the fabric has been coming off all over the interior of the car. It constantly needs to be in the shop. It worked great but its not reliable due to the fact at 60,000 plus miles its a mechanical nightmare!


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By summersbo
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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My 2005 VW GLI was an absolute blast to drive, when it drove. The clutch and flywheel exploded(yes exploded) at 30,000 miles leaving me stranded. A clutch and flywheel should last longer then that, 100k maybe. I ended up trading it in on a Toyota. VW are engineered with driving performance in mind but are poorly built. If your willing to deal with the expensive upkeep then this is an excellent car. But if you want reliability go with something from japan. The reliability track record of VW will prevent me from buying another.


Best Features

Interior fit and finish. Excellent handling. Good acceleration. Just felt like a drivers car.


Worst Features

VW build a car that is reliable.


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First and LAST VW
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By Sara
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Love the car but mine was a lemon. Features are great, love the German design. Never own one without at bumper to bumper warranty


Best Features

So fun to drive, quick. Huge trunk


Worst Features

Make it reliable. VW doesn't stand behind its cars. Multiple parts (turbo, 4 entire electrical units replaced over 3 years, same part all 4 times)replace during warranty and they just continued after the warranty ended and VW said "sorry" but your problem now. Also rims dented easily, replaced 5


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Pocket Rocket
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By Morianos
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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We bought this car for my wife brand new in 04 I guess. It's been great ever since and VW has stood behind it. My wife hit a curb, VW replaced the wheel and tire free of charge, a slight defect in the paint on the bumper was also fixed no problem. Fast with super gas mileage what more can you ask for.


Best Features

quick and nimble, but refined. seats, wheels, black on black.


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Nice car, great value retention
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By Bob
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Leased this GLI 1.8T 6 manual in November 2004. Had only one problem through 10/07 and 37000 miles: sunroof leaked because drain hoses clogged with debris, can't fault VW for that. Reasonably peppy car, fun handling (could use stiffer sway bars to reduce body lean), fantastic brakes. Interior is well appointed though back seat legroom is tight (I mainly used it as a 1-person commuter car anyway). Fuel economy was good, would average about 30-31 in mixed highway and city driving. Dip in to the boost too much and drive only in the city and you'll pay though. Overall, I have been very satisfied with this car. Value retention has been excellent.


Best Features

Recaro seats hold you in very nicely. Brakes can stop runaway congressional spending. Adequate power with decent fuel economy if your driving is restrained. GLI appearance package makes this thing look like a custom car, many people don't believe the car is bone stock.


Worst Features

Brakes squeal due to hard compound pads: good for long-lasting pads, but not very pleasing to the ears. Front chin spoiler clearance is very low. First gear is short. Needs stiffer sway bars (although it handles nicely, the body leans quite a bit). 18" with 35 profile tires: watch those potholes!


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