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Audi for VW price
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By epic_sandwich
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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This car is incredible. A true sleeper, the turbo motor responds well to simple mods (intake, downpipe, tune) but has plenty of power stock. The 6-spd is one of the best I've rowed thru. The interior just oozes luxury like a high-end Audi. The steering feel (and the wheel) is phenomenal. Brakes are great. The handling is the best- fling this family sedan into a corner and it will throw the apex into a headlock, it's incredible. Comes standard with all the luxury options but you can't option extra like phone Bluetooth, pwr seats, etc. Still an awesome deal and a true sleeper!


Best Features

The performance first, luxury a very close second. The comfort of this car is incredible. Virtually no road noise below 80mph. You can't hear the engine unless you want to (like in boost). The ergonomics are fantastic. HID headlights light up the city. I'm a solid VW fan after owning this car!


Worst Features

Exterior styling is rather subdued. The GTI-styled honeycomb grille is nice, but that's where the distinguishing features end between the hotrod GLI and the standard Jetta's, save for the 17" wheels and painted red brake calipers. Some lowering springs go a long way.


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I love my Jetta!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By webwevr
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


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I have had my Jetta going on 6 years now.
Have just over 60k on it.
Regular maintenance has always been done (i.e. oil changes, tire rotations).
I just replaced the battery a few weeks ago.
My gas mileage has always been great with age.
Most fuel efficient automobile I've ever owned.


I previously drove mostly Fords (Escape, Windstar, F250).


Best Features

Sleek look. A lot of my friends have told me how it resembles a BMW. The design (both exterior and interior) is just really sleek.


Worst Features

I wish it would have had heated seats like most Beetles seem to as "base" features.


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Do not buy 2005/6 TDI unless cam has been replaced
30 of 30 people found this review helpful
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By vwexfan
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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I own two VW TDI Jetta's from new a 2006 and a 2010... Both have issues...
I’m anal retentive on the maint and always go to dealer until warranty is over then I do it myself but always buy all my parts etc from the dealer...

My 2006 has 168k km on it and the camshaft is pooched… VW Canada gave me a $400 credit towards a $4k+ repair bill… I just snickered and said can you spell the word Toyota…
I love the car… like the dealership…

I have owned 4 VW diesels each with over 400K on them with never an issue… I think you are seeing VW’s goal to be the #1 manufacture and lots of short cuts…
After 20 plus years of good value I guess I need to find another path…

DO not buy any 2005/6 TDI’s they all have this problem with the cam… it is a manufacturing issue… the hardness in the cam was never right on them… all of them will fail sub 200k… I personally know of 4 all between the 160-190k mark…


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VW means poor quality
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By nomorvw
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 5M)


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After owning 4 Honda vehicles (civic and accord) i bought my son a new 2006 Jetta. I was impressed by the ride and the safety rating for the Jetta.
however, now 5 years and 75K , i am stuck with a 1600.00 repair bill for a clutch repair.
Apparently, the hydraulic cylinders for the clutch broke apart and soaked the clutch assembly.
If the flywheel is damaged add another 600.00 to the repair cost.
The care is barely paid for and the car is literally falling apart.
I did call customer care at VW and received a nice apology.
Dont buy a VW product!!


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Preventative maintnance from dealership does NOT prevent big problems
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By anatomix
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


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The 2006 Jetta is certainly fun and comfortable to drive, but is just a big plastic peice of junk.
Let's first start with the plastic bottom plate (covering the entire undercarrige of the engine).
The only function I can see for this part is to deter you from changing you own oil (containing about 16 star screws)..
This car has had all oil changes and inspections by dealer ON TIME..
At 63,000 miles, check engine light came on and a visit to the dealership came back with a $2000+ engine coolant system repair.
$1030 for the fans and an additional $1000 for all wires, connectors, and sensors, $340 for CV boot (reportedly cracked and leaking) on front axil.


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Now, how does a car with 63,000 miles (just past warrenty) have fouled wires and fans after being dealer maintained??? A trip to an independant imports mechanic - and a completely different estimate all together. NO evidence of any problem in the CV boot at all, wire harness working fine and still running one of the fans. To replace the fan assembly - $850...


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