1st owner of my 2005 Jetta Diesel, have station wagon auto trans.
Travel from North East to Florida each year, so it has avoided winter salty roads.
I've replace the timing belt at 85,000 miles to be on safe side.
Will need new rubber on my struts both normal ware.
Still have original brake pads at 90,000 miles at every oil change I expect to be told its time to change so far not yet.
Fuel economy.... average 34 to 39 miles per gallon I can get 42 miles on a gallon if I drive at my RPM sweet spot which is 38 to 41 miles an hour, at that speed you will get the 42 per gallon.
Would I buy this vehicle again YOU BETCHA
Paid $21,5000 in Jan of 20005
The Jetta TDI is a great car. My family needs booted me out of my beloved compact pickup, but this is a worthy replacement. If you're hauling children only in back, definitely remove and store the rear head rests...at least remove the middle (of three) for better vision when backing up.
My search was for a reliable, fuel efficient car with a ride that didn't cause it's passengers pain. I demonstrated most all the small fuel efficient cars including the hybrids. While the TDI Jetta was the last one I demonstrated, it was the best in build quility, performace and ride. It abounds with lots of standard equipment. All-around air bags, four wheel disc brakes and much more. While it is not a street racer off the line, the Jetta's turbo diesel runs with the best on the expressway. Best MPG is 47, Worst MPG is 38 in the city with A/C on. Insurance costs are a lot lower than the hybrids. (a savings of $400 to $800 per year)