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Should have bought two of them.
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By Jim Millard
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDI 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5A)


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I have owned this car from day one, 10 miles on the odo. Gl, 5 speed trans. wagon and the great TDI engine, it sounds like a little sewing machine. the engine has delivered on every promise spec said 47 city 36 hwy, not even close. I have got 55 mpg highest during rural driving while averaging 50+ at 70 on 1500 mile trips. Oil change is 10,000 miles and I change the filter at 5000. Now have 150,000 on it and will wait for 200,00 0 before changing all the belts again I bought this car while it was still on the transport ship and had to wait until the ship docked and the dealer received the car. At 80,000 changed the serpentine belt (not a big problem) and changed the timing belt at 100,000( this took some special tools and three days along with a stud kit and a water pump. (all came in the kit) acceleration is fantastic for a 4 cyl diesel and the engine will spin close to 5000, revs and possibly more, no guts to take it further. the car has never left me on the side of the road. the Brakes have all of 150,000miles on them so will check them next week, may have to change all of the rotors by the time the pads wear out. Ac is good as is the heater. only dealer service was a defective switch on the clutch peddle that stopped the cruse control from engaging. I will keep driving this car until the are no more parts to fix it with or it gets wrecked beyond repair. front seat are cloth and fairly comfy and back is a tad small for anyone over 5' 5 "... in conclusion. should have bought two of this model.


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2005 Turbo Diesel, Love Hate Relationship
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By Rodger klock
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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Great Gas Mileage, 40 mpg in winter with winter diesel gas, 44 mpg in summer with AC on. 48-52 mpg spring & fall with AC off. All repair parts are pricey compared to similar for american or Japanese cars. Oil changes are pricey due to special oil needed for diesel. Wiring harnesses for this car suck and ended in costly repairs not under warranty. Loved it when it was purring along. Hated it when time comes for repairs.


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Worst car I ever owned
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By Norman
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought it at 65k. At 80k everything needed repair. Engine, transmisson and electrical. The 1st repair shop will repair anything but VW and Audi. The 2nd shop said the VWs are the #1 car they see and to sell it now. #3 shop said the same thing.


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Not your VW Golf
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By VWOwner
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Have owned both a Golf and a Jetta and would say that for the price, your best bet is to go for a Golf which is much more reliable than a Jetta.


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A decade Plus and still tickin'
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By R. Lee
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta New 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


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This VW was the first year for the 'redesign'. The engine in my opinion sounds great. Reporters have stated it "sounded rough". Nonsense! The engine and exhaust were designed by Lamborghini designers for that very reason. The transmission performs very well and can be shifted 'manually'. The ride is somewhat 'Sports Sedan-ish' and it handles almost like one. Very competent on the road, straight or twisting. It inspires confidence. Overall, the car is a winner in my opinion. (Many years ago, I used to race cars and am familiar with those characteristics that make a car road worthy and "fun to drive'), this car fills that bill to a tee. ENJOY!!!
Unfortunately, I traded in my VW on a 2014 Factory Certified Pre-Owned Subaru Outback Limited 2.5L, Dec. 6, 2016. I needed a vehicle just a little bit higher because of my aging knees. The Subaru has proven to be a very solid vehicle, and goes thru almost any type of weather. As I write this, we are getting 31.8 MPG driving around our town and area. Pretty good I think.


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