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'08 VW Jetta 2 year Review
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By Carlover
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Vehicle

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 5M)


Review

D suspension is ok. Car feels sturdy + looks good. Engine power is ok, n has always turned on. D brakes are good for normal driving. D interior is well appointed and designed but d plastic grill covers on d front doors side speakers rattle with music. D 5 speed manual shifter's clear plastic cap is a little loose and makes noise when handled. D windshield wipers jolt after turning off car + d motor quit working at 21973 miles on d odometer. After proper procedure, reverse gear is a little tricky to engage. In Vigorous driving when shifting from 5th to 3rd gear, 3rd always gets denied at 55mph or above. Tail light burned out at 21352 miles on odometer. Minor electrical glitches from time2time


Best Features

The huge trunk and wide door entrances all around, convenience hooks in the trunk, 12v outlets in cabin and trunk. Auto up/down all windows from outside the car. Well lit interior. Full size spare. Pneumatic trunk open. Folding front passenger seat. Adjustable arm rest. Height adjustable front seats


Worst Features

More than one little light in the trunk. Fix computer code that causes glitches with electrical system. Change material on front doors speaker grills. Put better quality shifter cap. Add electric switch to front passenger lumbar support, remove the knob. Better quality tail light bulbs. More HP!


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Enigmatic Performance
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By germancaraholic
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


Review

The car is a rock. Tight bodyworks. Firm but complacent chassis and suspension tuning. It wants to charge forward, not just run. It gobbles up highway asphalt effortlessly. It has made a number of trips between Chicago, IL and Greensboro, NC - it inspires confidence at any speed through any terrain including the Blue Ridge Mountains, while returning gas mileage in the 30MPG range at average speeds of 75-80MPH. Overall, a wonderful drivers experience everytime you spark the 5- cyl to life! The car seems to improve with age. Gas mileage was initially very mediocre (18-25MPG), but has improved dramatically (22-30MPG). Seats were rock hard, but are now comfortable on long trips.


Best Features

The 5-cylinder engine is fantastic. Infinitely smoother than any 4- cylinder. It has a somewhat rough but likable exhaust note. Love to run it to redline. The 6-speed manuauto trans provides tight shifts in automatic mode. Love the dash lights - red needles with purple backlighting.


Worst Features

Improve the quality of the interior switchgear - the plastic seat lever broke in the 2nd week of ownership. The manual mode of the automanual trans is obnoxious - it constantly overrides the driver's selections. Too many proprietary parts - wiper blades from dealer only? C'mon VW!


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2008 Jetta Odometer off
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By Michael-Jetta
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Vehicle

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


Review

I had an odometer problem with my 2008 jetta, it was off 4.8 miles for every 29.3 miles driven. They fixed it at 20,434 miles, total extra miles on car - 3,347.5. They tell me they reset the speedometer to spec's. This fixed the problem, but VW refuses to adjust my lease for the miles or refund the money for the miles. They say the fix couldn't have fixed the odometer, Why did they make the adjustment if they knew it wouldn't fix it???. After complaining to BBB of Ohio, Volkswagen and the dealer settled for the cost to buy extra miles on my lease. You would be wise to verify your odometers miles to another car or two to see if its accurate. I've seen other similiar complaints on the Web.


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Too many Issues, LEMON warning
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By drew_106
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Vehicle

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 5M)


Review

Where to start? The first few weeks into the lease were great. Then the car started having a number of engine problems. The engine started hiccuping in the Spring of 2009. A week later the car was in the shop and the fuel pump had failed and needed to be replace at about 12,000 miles. More recently this past summer at 18,000 miles some connectors in the fuse box shorted out. This took 2 days in the shop for them to figure this out. Now I'm having different warning lights come on and off. The fuel cap warning light was of, then off. Today the tire pressure light is on, though the tires all look to be inflated properly. What next?!?


Best Features

Comfortable interior. Decent power.


Worst Features

Reliability is terrible. I'm glad of leasing. Can't wait to get rid of it. Gas Mileage isn't great either. 27 MPG Hwy for the MT. Needs to have a 6spd manual instead of the 5spd.


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Worst Car I've ever owned
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By Ashley2008
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Vehicle

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Wolfsburg Edition PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


Review

This has to be the worst car I've ever owned, it makes my 1999 Dodge Neon look good. I now have 14k on this car, at 4k I started having problems with the DSG Transmission banging into gears and slipping. After several repair attempts including replace a $3k Mechatronics unit, the car is back in the shop! This time been there 4 days and they don't know whats wrong with it but it still keep banging into gears progressively getting worse. Trim pieces in the interior randomly fall off and heater mirror cracked.


Best Features

Sunroof dial, that you can change the openings.


Worst Features

Fuel economy is bad, transmission is awful, seats are uncomfortable on long road trips, and car interior falls apart from bumps in the road.


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