2006 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Worst Vehicle Owned

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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Worst Vehicle Owned
By Kelly on


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


I drive about 40,000 miles per year, I thought I would get a lot of miles out of the TDI, I currently have 115,000 miles on it and I would never buy another VW Diesel. The maintenance costs are outrageous; timing belt, filters and special oil. I had to replace a head at 103,000 miles, cost $7,000, why, VW could not answer that. I suspect that they used the wrong oil on one of the changes. Make sure you read the maintenance manual about the oil, VW was the only one who serviced my engine, but who is to say they used the correct oil. I'm sure the 2009's are similar. Replaced Belt and routine filters and maintenance @ 80,000 and that cost around $1500.

Best Features

42 MPG

Worst Features

Needs to be timing chain instead of timing belt so you don't have to replace at certain intervals. Too much maintenance required for this vehicle.
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