2005 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Nice car, great value retentio

2005 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLI 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)

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Nice car, great value retention
By Bob on


2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Leased this GLI 1.8T 6 manual in November 2004. Had only one problem through 10/07 and 37000 miles: sunroof leaked because drain hoses clogged with debris, can't fault VW for that. Reasonably peppy car, fun handling (could use stiffer sway bars to reduce body lean), fantastic brakes. Interior is well appointed though back seat legroom is tight (I mainly used it as a 1-person commuter car anyway). Fuel economy was good, would average about 30-31 in mixed highway and city driving. Dip in to the boost too much and drive only in the city and you'll pay though. Overall, I have been very satisfied with this car. Value retention has been excellent.

Best Features

Recaro seats hold you in very nicely. Brakes can stop runaway congressional spending. Adequate power with decent fuel economy if your driving is restrained. GLI appearance package makes this thing look like a custom car, many people don't believe the car is bone stock.

Worst Features

Brakes squeal due to hard compound pads: good for long-lasting pads, but not very pleasing to the ears. Front chin spoiler clearance is very low. First gear is short. Needs stiffer sway bars (although it handles nicely, the body leans quite a bit). 18" with 35 profile tires: watch those potholes!
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