Hit and miss reliability
By jldude on Tuesday, May 10, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Will burn rubber and do 140mph all day, every day"
Cons: "Expensive and frequent repairs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"I previously owned a 2007 Jetta 2.5L that I absolutely loved and it was the most reliable car I ever had for the 5 years I owned it, I was blown away.
So naturally I assumed a 2010 with just a tad higher miles would be of similar quality, and it may very well have been...at one time. Unfortunately for me, the previous owner seems to have neglected the regular maintenance, because the car has been in and out of the shop like clockwork, and I dread the next repair, it makes me increasingly nervous the more I drive it because I know something very expensive is going to fail any day now based on my experiences in my 4,000 miles of ownership thus far.
Don't get me wrong, it DEFINITELY has it's qualities, the turbocharged engine is a beast when driven hard, the car will haul serious you know what when pushed, and rides like a dream at high speeds. The car is rated 200hp, but feels like a lot more when boost spools up(this engine has been dyno tested to make about 220hp from the factory), and with the awesome DSG transmission, it's a blast to drive fast.
It's a good looking car, and I love the touchscreen radio and the dash and gauges look great compared to some other cars in it's class. And the side mirror LED signals are a great touch that no other compact car had in 2010 and still look handsome.
Insurance is actually cheaper than a base model Mazda3 and Nissan Altima so that's another plus. And it's so, so, so much more fun to drive than a Civic or Corolla(I've tested multiple Japanese competitors).
It's a well built and well designed car, it's just expensive to operate and maintain(requires top tier premium fuel, synthetic oil, strictly German OEM parts), and I think too many people neglect maintenance because of this, which only leads to even more expensive repairs and a bad reputation.
Bottom line, don't be afraid to buy a Jetta, but MAKE SURE IT'S BEEN MAINTAINED by previous owner(s) and taken care of, or you'll be mortgaging your home to fix it. And learn from my mistake, and aim for one that's still under warranty of some kind."
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