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This car is a LEMON. Stay away!!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By dirtmcgirt718
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


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I got it used with 7k miles on it. After I ran the odometer up to 65k miles, I ran into the same intercooler problem other people have. The intercooler traps moisture in cold weather, and after the temperature rises, it sucks water into the engine, and the lights on the dashboard go haywire. The electronics are also horrible. I've burned out countless lightbulbs, and apparently, after less than 3 years, and 65k total miles, my wiring harness has a short and needs replacement. VW refuses to believe there's anything wrong with the car, but clearly, I've read about similar problems before.


Best Features

Gas mileage.


Worst Features

Fix electrical and intercooler problems. A car this new, and driven mostly on the highway with such serious issues is a lemon, and a disgrace. Back to Toyota...


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Lasted only 75000 miles VWdesign FLAW
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By unhappyvw1
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


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Bought as certified pre-owned with 23K miles Loved the car great mileage ect Drove it to work 70 miles (reason we bought it) and at quitting time tried to start only to have engine turn over then lock up. Turns out after some research these motors have issue with inter cooler As motor is run in cold weather air that comes in freezes on inter cooler as the day warmed up ice thawed and when I tried to start water was sucked into engine (NOT GOOD) Dealer will do nothing out of warranty 600 price tag to just evaluate it. Issue with VW since 2009 USE EXTREME caution before purchase Cost 8-10K to replace this motor


Best Features

Great mileage as long as weather is warm DO NOT Drive in Winter


Worst Features

Car should last more that 75,000 miles it is a babied 2012. Dealer should make good on deal.


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Way OVER engineered
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By tbsx
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


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I donít understand the great reviews considering so many characteristic problemsÖ youíll see. Should the engine stall while in motion the key must cycle fully off to restart the auto. This LOCKS the steering while in motion. With clutch depressed the engine wont rev above 2500 rpms. I have to pop the clutch several times when on a hill or stall engine. The traction control system engaged breaks on left side of car (I never touched the breaks) sending the car sideways. Lights come on when I donít want; they go off when I donít. Doors lock, unlock automatic.


Best Features

the way it drives. This is the only real positive for this car


Worst Features

Turn signal stays on after I let go of lever. Way too much of this vehicle is making decisions FOR me. Generally speaking a wonderful auto to drive, but the annoying (AND DANGEROUS) features negate the positives. Iíve contacted VW of America each time about the dangerous aspects and they tell me, ďitís a feature, there's nothing to fix".


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Fun and Fuel Efficient
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By tdilover3
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


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I have 13,000 miles on my 2012 Jetta. This is my third Jetta and my second TDI. I love this car. It is amazing for the money. I drive 55 miles everyday in mixed driving in this car, and I have fun the entire time. It only costs me $90 a month in fuel to drive this amazing car. It has power for days, the torque is amazing. It handles great and has plenty of space. I have two kids in car seats, no space issues. I love this car and I plan to keep it forever.


Best Features

Power, torque, handling, Miles per gallon


Worst Features

All wheel drive


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This car delivers
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By delfin1
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


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I have just over 2,000 miles on a new base model Jetta TDI with a manual, so I can't comment on long term reliability. What I can comment on is the performance of the package, and it exceeds expectations. We're averaging around 43 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Since this is more than promised, it is hard not to be impressed. The seating is comfortable, and while the interior finish materials are not as high quality as some other vehicles, they are certainly good enough for a car that costs less than $23,000.


Best Features

The diesel is responsive if driven correctly, which is different than how one would drive a gas engine. The torque is delivered all at once, and is as lively as one could ask for from 1250 rpm and above. Below that, shift gears. We drove the automatic, but frankly, I would avoid that in this car as it doesn't seem to be matched to the engine. The slushy automatic shifting was a turn off, and when I commented to the dealer about this, he acknowledged that the auto is not the ideal match for the engine. Stick with the manual.


Worst Features

I can't really suggest any improvements that would make sense economically. This car is more fun to drive than our BMW 328xi, with a better ride and equivalent tracking.


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