2004 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Low miles, higher maintenance

2004 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GL TDI Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Low miles, higher maintenance
By eckert16 on


2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Drove it cross country a week after purchase. Noticed excessive wind noise from front door seals. Dealership at destination changed seals, but no improvement in wind noise reduction. Less than 10K miles, and engine rotation sensor broke, again at 13k, again at 18k. Repeated issue till 22k. AC never was NEVER cool as is should be, charged AC, still not cold. AC expansion valve went bad and replaced it at 23k. AC still not cold as it should be. 24k the main AC coolant fan had to be replaced. AC still not cold Both front shocks collapsed at 24k, and needed replacing. Alternator pulley froze up at 24.5k and needed replacing. 25.5k and the engine temperature sensor went bad. It needed replacing.

Best Features

Mileage is great, just what was expected and main reason for the diesel purchase.

Worst Features

Center arm rest console needed, AC never cold enough no matter the latitude. Provide extended warranty option after purchase has closed, say two-three years after purchase. After 4 years, and only 25k miles it feels like the car is starting to fall apart with all the trips to the dealer.
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