2009 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Jetta TDI wagon - a confusing

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Jetta TDI wagon - a confusing experience
By Nick S on


2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


The vehicle is great to drive. We live in a mountainous area and it eats hills. We can drive from Kamloops to Vancouver in 6th without much problem. It has loads of passing power. Even with hills and high speeds combined fuel use is 6.7 L/100km. That said, vehicle totally failed at 1000km and had to be towed to a VW dealer for repair. The problem was identified as a leaking turbo hose. This was fixed but the engine warning light subsequently came on frequently until the engine computer was "re- mapped". Carpet in rear is coming out from the interior sill and the carpet on the back of the rear seats is falling off. This is all scheduled for repair but is a bit disappointing.

Best Features

It's got to be the engine/ gearbox combination. Great power and the ability to eat long and steep hills without losing speed.

Worst Features

As noted by another reviewer, the smell of heated windshield washer fluid in the cabin, following use of the wipers/washers, is pretty unpleasant. As most people use winter rated fluid, does heating it really provide any benefit? Build quality, particularly of the interior. After all, it's German.
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