I've been going thru the reviews and have seen a lot of bad reviews. I actually love my 2005 New Jetta 2.5 model. I bought it used with 50000 miles in 2009. It now has 150000 miles. Last year I did have some costly repairs but it sure was cheaper than buying a new car. I drive my car for work and I feel confident that it won't leave me stranded and she never had! My Jetta has a chain timing belt, so no issues with the engine. With a rubber timing belt breaks can and do happen on every make and model of vehicles. If you have a rubber belt, check it periodically because they wear. Overall, I love my car! I love the leatherette material, the heated seats, the rain scenored wipers, the ESP for stability, comfort and good fuel efficiency even today.
Love it and hate it. Just name a few problems fixed on my Jetta 2002: - First week of ownership, rear passenger door couldn’t open because cable fell down inside the door panel. - One piece radio got replaced three times. - Ignition coils replaced at four times. - Windshield wrapper loosened, ridiculous. - Now the front brake squeaks, I was told that there is no way to fix unless change the whole brake pads, disks, etc, I can’t believe that. …
With 50+ years of snow country driving, mostly in FWD Saabs, I find the combination of traction and stability control amazing. I'll take it over any SUV - usually out run 'em anyway, especially when the road gets twisty. It can carry an impressive load and get 30 mpg on cruise at 74.5 mph (by GPS) on mid-grade fuel. Clearly, this is car built for the autobahn as well as the Alps. This is my 4th since '97 and nothing has broken yet - equals great value for the money.
Gobs of fun to drive! 40+ MPG. Holds a bunch of stuff. Very good fit & finish. Too soon to tell much about reliability... Only problem so far, I look down at the speedo, Hell! I'm doing 80 again... Really smooth, quiet for a Diesel.
Acceleration is linear and smooth, if not terribly exciting. At full throttle the transmission shifts at 5,600 rpm, and redline is marked at 5,800 rpm. The wheels spin off the line with the traction control disengaged, and the five-cylinder pulls hard off the line with a second surge of power coming in around 3,800 rpm.
Under hard braking, the pedal is progressive with solid feel and minimal ABS noise or vibration. We noted some pedal sink and rear end lift during hard braking, but neither was problematic enough to cause concern. Distances were short and brake fade was minimal.
The Jetta benefits from excellent steering feel and a tight ratio. Body roll reared its ugly head as speeds increased through the slalom, but was not excessive for what is still a relatively inexpensive car. The tires give plenty of warning before sliding out, and the car is easy to place as a result. More power would have helped, especially as we tried to exit the last set of cones at speed.