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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel

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Dump this car after 100k
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By astrivian
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


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I bought a 2006 Jetta TDI that had endless problems right off of the lot. A week after buying it, the car would choke and lose all power. I took it in, they said they fixed it, and it happened again, and around and around we went. Finally i told the dealer i wanted a new car for free and they could take the lemon. It took the BBB to finally get me a new car.

It was great until we hit 130k on the odo. Once we crossed this mark we spent $1,200 fixing a hissing sound, $900 trying to fix some engine light problem (which didn't fix it, go figure). Two months later the turbo went out ($3000). Did not fix turbo, not worth it, dumped the car. Last one i will buy


Best Features

I was running close to 50 mpg on the highway.


Worst Features

Make this car work better. Turbos and valves should not be breaking after five years.


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Above Average
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By gillam
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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This car seems to have the same issues as other cars.
I bought it new with a grand total of three miles on it.
60,000 miles later the airbag light is on and a coolant temperature sensor has failed.
Don't know about the airbag light but the temperature sensor is about $20 from NAPA.
The fuel economy is excellent, I average 47 mpg to and from work.
I use the cruise control as much as possible and that seems to help.
I am not a VW guy and to be honest the car is a little feminine for me but I'm long over it.
It does use weird oil and oil filters but so far haven't had a problem at Jiffy Lubes across the country.
I definatly recommend this car, I think its better then most others


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Lots of little features, and above all else the amazing fuel economy.


Worst Features

Tighter clutch or lower 1st gear.


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DONT BUY A VW!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By ihatevws
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


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I bought a 2006 VW Jetta TDi brand new. I am giving this review now that it has 130,000 miles on it.
Here's the scoop. At 85K miles the dual mass fly wheel broke. Cost me $1500 to fix. At 90K miles the A/C compressor went out, cost me $750 to fix. At 110K miles the copressor has gone out again. Guess why?
Cause the cooling fans under the hood went out! Guess what else? The relays are built into the fan so you have to buy the entire fan assembly.

This car is nothing but junk. It's been a total nighmare and I hope VW goes out of business very soon!
Next time I will buy something from Japan!


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It's white.


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Best Car I've Ever owned
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By starsister
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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Am coming up on 5th year of ownership.
Bought my TDI brand-new and have 128K miles and still cruising on the original brakes.
This is a wonderful car.
I keep it serviced every 5000 miles by the dealer.
I continously maintain 40-45 mpg.
When I think to "hyper-mile" I can get 50 mpg.
I highly recommend this car to those who need good mileage.
It is very comfortable for long distance driving also.
It is a mid-sized luxury car.
Very pleased customer!


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great mileage comfort heated seats roomy keyless entry


Worst Features

no suggestions


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total lemon
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By paul206
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


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$8,000. & counting.
In the shop as we speak for same problem - replaced cam shaft & lifters twice.
Started bellowing black soot & delayed throttle.
Had a complete diagnostic before warrenrty expired - "not a
problem" until warrenty expired then became downright VERY DANGEROUS.
Then after problem was apparantly fixed - cam & lifters = $$$ thousands the turbo would shut off & again VERY DANGEROUS going up inclines on highways.
VW (canada's) reply - "NO CAMPAIGN existing" which in VW land means go away - we dont care).


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