2006 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Not so bad - I don't get the o

2006 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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TDI Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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6 of 9 people found this review helpful
Not so bad - I don't get the other reviews
By backhoebob1 on


2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


131K miles.
The car had a couple of problems, but I don't understand the reviews.
Yes, you have to change the timing belt every 80k or 95K miles.
Same for my Camry.
The difference is I've spent $5500 less in gas to cover the same miles!
(43 vs 28 mpg, $3.8 vs $4.1/g).
I've put a wheel bearing on it ($300, my bust for using a dealer) and four glow plugs ($440).
I'll have to cam it in 50K miles or so.
I'll have saved $8500 at that point.
Three sets of shocks, plugs and O2 sensors on the Camry - $800.
No squeaks, firm, smooth, tons of leg room (6'8").
I can't believe people complain about $3K in maint for 200K miles with $5000 in their pocket.

Best Features

50 MPG highway at 80 MPH 44 MPG around town Leg room Firm Ride No squeaks or rattles

Worst Features

Six speed (oh, they did that). More power (oh, they did that too). Improve dealer service (honestly, they're embarassing). Do I really need my VIN to order a part? (yes you do!) Try to be less special (who else still uses triple square drives?)
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