2004 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: 1.8t = Solid Car

2004 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
1.8t = Solid Car
By George S on


2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Put on about 50,000 miles, with a decent amount of reliability issues (windows dropping into door twice, check engine lights, leaking sunroof, failed ignition coil requiring tow, among others). With the turbocharged engine, I'm going to make sure I religiously change the oil every 3k miles no matter what...can't afford to put money into the car now that I'm off the 4-year/50k mile warranty. Otherwise, a great car overall. Not fast, but quick - and it can be made quite fast with basic mods, if one should so choose. Amazingly refined interior build quality, classy exterior looks. Has its rattles, but not a big deal. Fairly soft ride, though a bit of lean in turns as a result.

Best Features

Turbocharged engine, heated seats (with outstanding cloth material) and heated wiper fluid, power sunroof, Monsoon sound system.

Worst Features

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