2006 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Good but not Great

2006 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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TDI Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 6-speed Automated Manual)

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Good but not Great
By Howard on


2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


I leased this vehicle to take advantage of the mileage in repetitive crosstown commuting. I have not been disappointed in this respect, avg 34mpg. Several areas have been disappointing. The auto transmission mother board quit functioning at about 2000 mi. Took 3 weeks to get one shipped from Germany. The tan leather seat dye rubs off easily. Replaced driver seat 3 times, finally gave up. The AM section of the radio is very weak. Dealer checked and can't find any problems. 50,000 watt stations fade in and out. Access to front seat difficult with driver seat in position to allow my 6' 245 lb body to drive. The center post is too far forward. Visibility poor, large blind spots.

Best Features

Mileage, firm handling, acceleration, fit and finish of interior.

Worst Features

Redesign position of center post to provide easier access for larger individuals. Work on positioning windows to eliminate blind spots. Put a decent AM radio in the vehicle.
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