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.
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.
The only reason that I bought this car was for the mpg ; however even an oil change is $85 and is recommended every 3000 miles ; regarding the comfort only the front seats are the best part of the car and also only straight roads such Florida's roads are the best feel with this car otherwise every sharp curve feels like you're falling off the cliff :) fortunately didn't have it for long enough to get any mechanical issues however only the belly pan cover was $460....and that is just a piece of plastic from underneath....inside is very loud and the glove box always had issues closing as well the trunk....best and only good part of it is the MPG otherwise if you are a heavy footed driver you'll pay the price at the VW service where the parts are insane $$$.......switched now to a Ford Taurus and could not be any different smoother ride while a sporty feel very happy with the Ford and getting close to 30mpg hwy;
2005 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel New TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
I bought this car for the purpose of getting great MPG. Although you do get good MPG you spend so much more money in maintenance that are you farther behind. My car has 162,000 miles on it. The dealership says the dual mass flywheel is bad, Alternator pulley is bad, Axel, and a few other things. If I would fix everything that the dealership says needs to be fixed I would spend more money than the car is valued at on kelley blue book. If you have this car, sell is as quickly as possible before it turns into a boat anchor.... I am getting a ford fusion.