Used 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews

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Well Engineered-Poor Man's Audi?

RogerK, 07/03/2021
1.8T SEL 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
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Bought CPO during pandemic (July 2020) before used car prices skyrocketed. The 1.8t TSI engine has adequate power; will spin the front tires from a stop if floored. Engine uses a timing chain, so no need for a timing belt replacement. This car was a former lease car, and apparently no service was done by a VW dealer. Since service record doesn't exist, replaced air and cabin filters myself, had brake fluid exchange done by a VW dealer. When rotating tires, wire brushed hubs, and applied thin coat of anti-seize grease. To mitigate any carbon buildup on valves, have done and will periodically continue to do "italian tuneup" (4th gear at 3500 RPM for 10 minutes); monitored oil temp in trip computer during "tuneup" on highway (max 205 F). Engine runs fine. Got 38 mpg on a trip with premium gas, usually run regular gas, and get 31-36 mpg. Ride is smooth, some engine noise at speed, some wind and tire noise at speed, but can still use radio. Original equipment Pirelli P7 tires handle well except in snow; at 43,300 miles, expect to get 50,000 miles before replacing with Pirelli P7 Plus II (70k mile tread wear). Silk Blue metallic paint looks great with 2 thin coats of Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray Coating (Green on bottle face). If I could afford it, would have an Audi A3, but this is a great compromise at a much better price point.

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