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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

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Lemon lemon lemon
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By Fed up with VW
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I have had this car for less than a year, 2 weeks after purchase had to replace (2) O2 sensors, 1 MAF, and car ran good for about 1 month, check engine light AGAIN and EPC light cont. to go on and off, car lags and almost stalls, engine revs up and down. back in shop, 1700 dollars for a TPS sensor, and throttle adaptation,Thermastat sensor. 2 days later, car overheated, back into VW, this time the water pump went bad, another 300 dollars. not to mention 4 recalls fixed. 4 weeks later engine light on again, car stalls, wont hold idle, transmission shifts rough and jerks. machine pulled bad Valve on engine, did i mention my jetta only has 62,000 miles! 3 weeks in the shop, still no fix.


Best Features

sound system, leather seats


Worst Features

where do i even start, this car has major issues, to many to name, not to mention since i have owned this car less then a year, they have issued 6 recalls. none of which will fix my car. bad computer system, VW really needs to step up and take responsibility, this is unacceptable. Next time HONDA


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Junk!
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By kady
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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I bought my Jetta 3 years ago. I had it for about 5 months before it started having serious electrical issues. After letting off the accelerator the car will just shut off and all the service lights will start beeping. Also sometimes after turning off the car and opening the door all the cab lights flash as well as the clock on the dash. Sometimes the car won't start at all. I have been taking it to VW dealership service shops and other shops that specialize in foreign cars for two years and no one can tell me what is wrong with it.


Best Features

Fun to drive (when it runs) and the turbo. The gas mileage is awesome.


Worst Features

Fix the electrical issues!


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VW's are lemons--just junk
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By Tim
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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This car was a nightmare from Day One. Transmission problems have been the biggest single issue, and still having problems after spending thousands to fix. But many other problems too numerous to list, from replacing power steering pump and alternator to paint defects and low-profile plastic bumpers that pull off after barely touching a curb. This car only had 45K on it when tranny and alternator went out and we started having one mechanical breakdown after another. Seventy-five percent of my "ownership experience" has been watching this car bake in the sun broken down again in my driveway. Do not -- even if it sounds like the deal of a lifetime -- buy a VW!!!


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I liked the way the Jetta looked and test drove at the dealer, but that was the last time I liked anything about it. I HATE this car and dream at night about "accidentally" parking the piece of junk on freight train tracks! It would be joyous almost beyond description to watch it get blown to bits.


Worst Features

The only improvements to the mechanical design flaws are a couple sticks of dynamite and a match. VW's employees should be rounded up with pitchforks and torches and put on trial for crimes against humanity for dumping this crap on unsuspecting consumers. I'll never again buy VW -- never, ever!


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Should have completed more research!
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By Sneel
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Very disappointed in this purchase. Thought that it would be more reliable. Someone warned us that a Jetta was like a Christmas tree--- always a light on and we should have listened! From Day 1, we had problems. The brakes and roters never were quite right, the armrest broke, center piece of wheel came off never to be found again, transmission problems, trunk problems, remote on the keychain only worked when it wanted to, .....you name it! Definitely went with American made for our next purchase!


Best Features

Definitely the gas mileage. Also, liked the sportiness of the car.


Worst Features

Main suggestion: Steer clear of a Jetta!!!!!!!!!


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I'll Only Buy VW
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By luckylindy03
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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this is the second jetta i have owned and i have to say that it is by far the best one. I read the bad reviews and the good reviews and it seems like there are a fair amount of lemons out there. Thank GOD i didn't get one, but i have to say that you really can't beat German Engineering. I will never buy another car that isn't a VW. Everything about the car is a blast. The exterior of the car is great and i get looks everywhere i go. The interior is great too with the brushed aluminum and recaro seats (which can get a little weary after a long trip).


Best Features

Style, Performance, Comfort. Its all there with this car. The suspension is real stiff the steering is quick, throttle response could be quicker but hey, with the turbo kicking in 13psi of boost... who cares?


Worst Features

i can't even say that leg room in the back would be nice, because i never sit back there. I honestly can't think of anything that i want on it, other than the K04S turbo as standard instead of the K03.


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