"I bought my jetta with 80,000 miles on it- it's been a maintenence nightmare. I've replaced the timing belt 2 x- I've put 2 catalit converters on the car, replaced all sensors, replaced the alternator. ONLY volkswagon dealers can tell you anything about the car. Every part on the car has to be Volkswagon parts NO Auto parts from any store like advance willl work. All parts have to be volkswagon or your problem will not be fixed."
"I owned this car for two years, and it was my first car. I got it for my 16th birthday and was so happy. it's a cute little girly car, all of my friends loved it. But it was not worth the maintence prices at all. It cost me over $3,000 dollars in the two years i drove it. First the catalytic converter failed and then pretty much anything that could have gone wrong after that did. My shifter used to get stuck in park and not come out. I was constantly afraid of the check engine light coming on everytime i drove to school or work. I do not recommmend this car !!!!!"
"I owned a non-turbo Jetta that couldn't get out of it's own way, but got great fuel mileage and lasted forever (my first son was 1 yr old upon purchase, the car was his first car on his 16th birthday). The TDI is the best of both worlds--great mileage AND plenty of power. The only thing I would change is the inside roominess. The older Jettas were much more comfortable for long trips. However, 675 miles on 13.5 gallons is hard to pass up even if it is at the expense of a little comfort. It's actually due to the fact that you end up in a sitting position for much longer stretches since fuel stops are few and far between."