are vw jettas STILL low quality POS's??

  • rnch

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    Jan 23, 2010 3:40 PM GMT
    i keep being drawn to a new (or nearly new) volkswagen jetta. i love their upscale, almost audi interiors, unique 5 cylinder engine, manu-automatic transmission, the fact that it's NOT a camry or accord.

    BUT

    i have heard horror stories about mexican assembled jetta's quality control--or lack thereof. it seems like these cars don't "mature" gracefully or trouble free as they accumulate 50K plus miles. icon_confused.gif

    just wondering if the newer jettas (2008-up) are any better than the older models?

    comments, please!
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Jan 23, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    I'd also like to hear from current Jetta owners, once my '02 Corolla conks out, I want to buy one.
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    Jan 23, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
    Supposedly they are MUCH better today than the '02-'03 models. My ex, the car salesman, says he would never let one of his customers ride off in a Jetta any earlier than 2007.... but take that gem of wisdom for whatever you think it is.

    Personally, I really like the aesthetics of the Jetta too, but I'm not sure if I would buy one for myself.
  • bmw0

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    Jan 23, 2010 8:51 PM GMT
    I'm somewhat of a car guru. The base model Jetta was the one with the problems. When they went to the new body style in '05 they got a complete overhaul. After a few months of buggy-ness they worked out the kinks.

    I took my sister car shopping in july, and she got an '06 and has had no issues.
    www.edmunds.com has a consumer review section and gives a 9 out of 10 rating to it. I reccomend checkin the consumer reviews there before making any car purchase. icon_smile.gif
  • Glorfindel

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    Jan 23, 2010 9:16 PM GMT
    My best friend has a Jetta, so does his wife and his parents. He has over 200,000 miles on it and hasn't had any issues with it other than the wear and tear from that kind of usage. From everything I've heard, the Jettas have definitely improved and are well made cars now. The TDIs are definitely the way to go as well.
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    Jan 23, 2010 9:26 PM GMT
    I have a 2008 Jetta Wolfsberg Edition and totally love it. It's low mileage, yea, but it might be hard to find Jettas this new with more than 50k on them. And love the winter package (being in Boston it's necessary). Interior is very luxury, suspension is very sporty.

    In fact this is my baby, same color same rims.

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    Jan 23, 2010 9:43 PM GMT
    All the reason not to buy one.
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    My brother has a VW...Made in Mexico. It is the worst car he has ever had, such low quality.
  • jrs1

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    Jan 23, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    jlly_rnchr saidI'd also like to hear from current Jetta owners, once my '02 Corolla conks out, I want to buy one.


    I just got an '04 VW Jetta. I won't be buying anything else 'til it dies. it's expensive to repair ... but I'm driving a couch ... with the engine of a cheetah.

    '04 VW Jetta GLS 1.8T: 5-spd Manual. * sigh * I love my car.

    I hate the newly designed Jettas, Passats, GTIs, and Golfs ... so the only other car I could see myself having this much fun in is an '07-'09 Audi A4: 2.0-3.2T: manual.

    again: if you're getting a german car ... please be mindful of the costs of repairs. they're not nightmares ... they are just costly in terms of manual labor and parts. I cannot say this enough.
  • jrs1

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    Jan 23, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    jmals23 saidAll the reason not to buy one.
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    My brother has a VW...Made in Mexico. It is the worst car he has ever had, such low quality.


    fml ... it's true. my car was manufactured in Mexico City, MX. * hangs head *

    but ... I love her.
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    Jan 23, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    I have a 2009 VW GLI (a glorified Jetta) I absolutely LOVE IT!! I looked at a BMW and a Mercedes and Audi. I paid around 30k for mine and had a lot of features standard that the others did not. I have had no problems and would definitely buy another one. Fun to drive too!
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    Jan 23, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    well i just went to the detroit auto show. not sure if your into a coupe. but their new CC is absolutely beautiful. one of my favorite cars at the show!
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    Jan 23, 2010 10:21 PM GMT
    jmals23 saidAll the reason not to buy one.
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    My brother has a VW...Made in Mexico. It is the worst car he has ever had, such low quality.



    I also vacation in Mexico once a year.

    Look, everything you buy can turn into a lemon. Just educate yourself, read reviews, make sure you know what you're buying. The reviews of new models of Jetta are positive, even ones that acknowledge that it's German engineering assembled in Mexico. Mine is awesome! Olé!

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    Jan 23, 2010 11:47 PM GMT
    I have an 02 Jetta 1.8T. I had a "small" problem with the engine going out at 75,000 miles (something with a fautly oil pump). This was covered by the extended service contract. Up to that point, I had no issues with it. The dealership I took it to, Stan Olsen Volkswagen in Omaha, "fixed" it but turned it into a lemon. I switched dealerships to Performance (again in Omaha) and once they fixed everything the previous dealership screwed up, I've had no problems with it (other than things that wear out over time). I have 211,000 miles on it and it still has the original struts and shocks, never had to service the A/C yet, and replaced my front brakes at 193,000 miles. I will drive this car till it drops dead, but honestly it's still better than my parent's honda and my brother's new altima. I love how it handles on the snow and ice and the turbo is a blast. I think if I had not gone to the first dealership, I would not have had near the problems with it. No other car that I've owned or driven is as much fun to drive or as intuitive. Mine was assembled in Mexico, but I have not had issues with it feeling cheaply made--in fact it still looks fairly new.
    I asked the service tech if it was worth it to keep it due to the mileage and he said definitely (as opposed to a new jetta). I guess my point (like stated above) is that any car can be a lemon, but just take it to a place you trust for service.
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    Jan 24, 2010 3:08 AM GMT
    Get a GTI. It's more fun to drive. Or a CC, if you don't mind spending the extra cash.

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  • jrs1

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    Jan 24, 2010 3:26 AM GMT
    MaxFitMike saidI have an 02 Jetta 1.8T. I had a "small" problem with the engine going out at 75,000 miles (something with a fautly oil pump). This was covered by the extended service contract. Up to that point, I had no issues with it. The dealership I took it to, Stan Olsen Volkswagen in Omaha, "fixed" it but turned it into a lemon. I switched dealerships to Performance (again in Omaha) and once they fixed everything the previous dealership screwed up, I've had no problems with it (other than things that wear out over time). I have 211,000 miles on it and it still has the original struts and shocks, never had to service the A/C yet, and replaced my front brakes at 193,000 miles. I will drive this car till it drops dead, but honestly it's still better than my parent's honda and my brother's new altima. I love how it handles on the snow and ice and the turbo is a blast. I think if I had not gone to the first dealership, I would not have had near the problems with it. No other car that I've owned or driven is as much fun to drive or as intuitive. Mine was assembled in Mexico, but I have not had issues with it feeling cheaply made--in fact it still looks fairly new.
    I asked the service tech if it was worth it to keep it due to the mileage and he said definitely (as opposed to a new jetta). I guess my point (like stated above) is that any car can be a lemon, but just take it to a place you trust for service.


    could not have said it better myself. das auto.
  • JP85257

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    Jan 24, 2010 4:24 AM GMT
    Theyre crap. Trust me. I used to do service at a VW dealer. They are AWFUL cars.
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    Jan 24, 2010 10:16 AM GMT
    Ok, yeah the quality of VW is much better than it was in previous years...but it's still "Made in Mexico" with cheap Mexican labor.

    I'm proud that my Acura was "Made in USA" by Ohioans who are earning decent wages.

    Consumer Reports states, "On average, Honda continues to make better all-around vehicles than any other automaker. The reliability of all Honda and Acura models is still the best of any automaker, although Toyota follows closely behind."
  • PipHop

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    Jan 24, 2010 10:23 AM GMT
    Since '91, I've owned several Jetta's, the current generation withstanding, and can say that the cars are great. The only reoccuring problem that seems to happen regardless of the year is that the electrical system will have some sort of bug that manifests itself in different ways. One car, it was the 'service engine' light. Another, it was the window control unit. Still another one, the temp gauge sometimes ran hot regardless of the actual temp. I still loved them all, and once they do something about the amazingly boring styling of this version, may well get another one.