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compact, peppy, and fun
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By jackie leung
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2008 Volkswagen GLI 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 04/08 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I've got a 2008 Jetta GLI since new and now have 195k miles. Although I wish I would've gotten the 4-door hatch (GTI) for more usable space, the trunk on the Jetta is indeed large for a compact car.

Pros: power, handling, fun to drive (manual transmission), safety, fuel economy, and insurance costs

Cons: harsh ride, interior sound (loud with creaks and rattles), premium fuel, electrical and misc. problems

The car has been pretty reliable, I've never been stranded. However, there are electrical problems such as the power door locks malfunctioning and light bulbs either burning out frequently or false warnings of bulbs burning out. I did have a fuel pressure sensor switch and PCV valve replaced under warranty. The car requires premium fuel and synthetic oil, which increases the maintenance cost. This car consumes half quart of oil every thousand miles or so nowadays, although it required topping off between oil changes even when it was newer.

This car is direct injection so it has dirty intake valve deposit problems (a warning light came on at around 70k for an expensive cleaning I opted not to do). The ignition coils/spark plugs seem to go bad every 60k miles causing cylinder misfire error codes. Thermostat and air conditioning broke around 100k.

Some good things are that the brake pads and clutch last forever, I've yet to replace the clutch, and only just replaced the rear brake pads at 150k miles. The front pads were replaced around 75k.

This was my first VW and I did love it at first, but will be my last European car. They look and drive great but have many little issues that add up to frustration over time.


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62k Miles & Still goin' Strong.
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By jdubbs19
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2008 Volkswagen GLI 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 04/08 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I know the title of the review doesn't seem too impressive, but for all the VW nay-sayers it's saying something.

This is my 2nd review on the car, the original being back in 12/2007. My overall stance on the car has not changed in the few years and 60,000 miles that have passed. My car still consumes very little to no oil within the 5k mile oil change intervals and has not had a mechanical break down. Some of the parts on the car have needed to be changed however (trunk gas struts, valve cover gasket & electronic door lock module).

If you're looking at one second hand, check for oil leaks or slower performance/lower gas mileage (carbon buildup issue).

Still 30ish MPG, still a sweet ride.


Best Features

2.0T FSI is onsistently strong and efficient engine (although I've heard the TSI is easier and cheaper to operate), Comfortable cruiser and canyon carver, Thoughtfully engineered and featured.


Worst Features

Expensive to maintain (synthetic oil, low profile tires cost adds up), VW reliability is still being proven, further differentiation between Jetta and GLI trims. (A word about it being expensive to maintain, the newer domestics from Ford & GM are requiring synthetic oil and fitting their cars with low-pro's too... so I guess they'll cost just as much to maintain)


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AMAZING CAR
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By canadia_eh
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2008 Volkswagen GLI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


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I hate driving jetta's but this is NOT a jetta. It drives better than all my families cars with includes audi's and lexus'. Everything about this car is amazing. I was just rear ended at high speeds and I am 100% fine. This car is so much fun to drive and I have YET to have a problem. I have over 50,000 miles on it already. I get 28-38 MPG mixed highway city.


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08 GLI (Trigger)
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By Tidge
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2008 Volkswagen GLI PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I loved the car when I first bought it, since I worked for Vw at the time. It handles great and has great throttle response. The color of the gauges at night are super cool. I like the ease of controls from the steering wheel instead of having to fiddle with the main controls. One thing that has bothered me is 8 months ago from July 1st 2009, is that it started having problems. Tonight while coming from work the display said stop engine, oil pressure etc. For an 08 GLI w/ 30K thats awful. Make sure you check you oil people. I drive only 5K per oil change as told to and Somehow I'm on the minimum part of dipstick!!


Worst Features

Improve the wiring in the car. Do extended amounts of testing.


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Needs more 12v plug ins
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By Dan
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2008 Volkswagen GLI PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Fun fun to drive ! Solidly built car. Plenty of trunk space. ESP system helps on off ramp bursts. Traction control works like it should in snow.It corners on rails. I'm a little heavy on the foot and I still get 27 mpg.Very quiet engine to a point you'll forget you have 6 speeds . Kelly book also rated it as one of the highest resale value. Oh and it should come with speeding tickets included


Best Features

Style, comfort,and great on gas even when your speeding along. Very well built.


Worst Features

1 :It needs more then one 12v plug in, for accessories like charger , radar detector. 2: exterior door trim to spot dings 3:automatic exterior lights 4:home link (garage door opener)


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