Stuck With a Stick - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Stuck With a Stick

May 17, 2011


Here's some creature comfort grousing about our Jetta: skip ahead if you have no patience for coddled editor sniveling.

This is important consumer research, folks. Following the lead of some readers here, I've started carrying around a USB stick with music and podcasts. Just works easier than constantly syncing an iPhone/Pod, and usually has a higher success rate in our fleet. Not all of our cars have Bluetooth audio streaming or Apple i-connections, but most have a USB port.

Not the Jetta.

It does offer the proprietary MDI cable and port in the glovebox for iPhone/Pod, and presumably anything else that works on the same bus architecture. And there's an Aux jack on the faceplate. That'd be useful if I carried around a mini-cable with me. So I plugged in the 3G iPhone and got the "this device is not optimized…" message. No problem. Seemed like it recognized the phone and could grab music from it. Until it cut out about 10 minutes into the drive.


Leaned over, opened the glovebox, and rapped the phone on the hard plastic a couple of times. Didn't seem to re-establish the connection. Funny that. Powered the system on and off a couple of times to no avail. Ended up freeing the phone from its cable and streaming via Bluetooth, but that too cut out once.

Finally gave up and switched over to Vin Scully, broadcasting another Dodgers tank job. Tell ya, the Jetta's diesel has more heart than those guys.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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