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#12712 of 12749 To sell or not to sell
Jul 15, 2008 (2:21 pm)
I have a 2005 Jetta (before they changed the body style). I'm coming up on 50,000 miles and I'm wondering if I should keep it after the warranty is up. I know VWs are expensive to have worked on and a real pain when they get major problems. I'm just wondering if mine is at the mileage when problems will start. It has also been in an accident, (about 1 yr and a half ago) no real deep damage, but I never know if somethings lurking beneath the surface. Cosmetically it looks great and is valued at a good cost for selling right now, so should I jump on the chance to sell before any issues surface? Or, bide my time and hope major issues won't start til more like 70000 miles? Please help me decide! Thanks.
Jul 15, 2008 (4:37 pm)
Are you trying to talk yourself into a new car??? Maybe.
If you have taken care of your Jetta no reason to think it won't go another 50,000. If your starting to hear gremlins then trade. Of course tomorrow it could blow up, or it could last another 5 years.
If you want piece of mind trade. If you don't have any problems now keep it.
My reply is clear as mud right? Sorry to confuse you more. If it was me I'd hang on to it till the first sign of trouble.
#12714 of 12749 My first VW
Dec 31, 2008 (5:17 pm)
I traded in my 2000 BMW 328Ci today on a 2005 Jetta GL, silver blue with black interior, 47k miles. Decided to go with something more practical, and lower cost for repairs and maintenance. The Jetta is an automatic while the BMW was a stick. Personally I prefer a stick, but my wife sometimes has to use the car and she has "issues" with a stick (she destroyed one in another car... and yes, I've tried to show her how to properly use a stick.) The Jetta is VW Certified and has a 2-year, 24k mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. The dealer had 2.99% financing available for 5 years for all VW Certified cars, so that was icing on the cake. (Rate on the BMW was 5.29%.)
I've owned many different brands of cars but never a VW. I guess I was scared away by the reliability reputation (or lack thereof), but the warranty helps there and I like how the car drives. It's nimble if not quick, and seems very solid and also pretty smooth and quiet for a small car. I would have preferred a New Jetta, but I wanted to do an even-up trade for the Bimmer or as close to it as I could get, and a New Jetta with low miles and a warranty was a stretch there.
I'll miss some things about the BMW such as 6 cyl. power, bun warmers, styling, xenons etc., but I won't miss the upcharge for premium fuel and the repair and maintenance costs ("OK, we looked at it sideways... that's $1000 please." ) One reason I traded for the Jetta is that the dealer sells a lot of pre-owned BMWs and gave me the KBB "excellent condition" trade-in value. Everyone else I talked to said things like, "We can pick tons of these up at auctions for $6000." The car is in pretty good shape and has been well maintained, but has quite a bit of minor body damage (many scratches, dinged-up rear bumper, several door dings) and the moonroof shade doesn't work--quote to fix it was $1000 just for parts. The interior is very good except for a couple of small tears in the door padding. Plus the clutch slips occasionally and I suspect it will need replacing soon (over $1000 for that, from what I've heard). I'd rather put my money into car payments.
I'll pick up the car tomorrow as we were not able to complete the paperwork before closing today. A "new" car for the New Year.
#12715 of 12749 Should I buy a 99-04 Jetta?
Jan 14, 2009 (6:51 pm)
I really like this gen Jetta and am thinking about buying one to use as a daily commuting vehicle to and from work. I must admit though I have ALOT of concerns about buying this vehicle due to all of the negative posts I've read. It seems that most people have a "love/hate" relationship with these cars. They love them but with all of the problems the hate them as well. I just recently test drove a 01 VR6 and loved the way it accelerated and handled. I just don't know though, should I buy a older Japanese car of the same size instead, say a Corolla, Sentra, Civic?
I look forward to seeing the replies and I apologize if this thread was previously started.
#12716 of 12749 Re: My first VW [backy]
Jan 14, 2009 (6:56 pm)
I'm thinking about buying an older one 2000-2003 with an automatic. I test drove a 01 VR6 yesterday and was somewhat impressed with the performance and handling.
#12717 of 12749 Re: My first VW [gforce211]
Jan 14, 2009 (7:13 pm)
I like the way the car handles also, and I have just a base GL. It has a solid, firm yet compliant ride. But mine is a 2005 that must have been driven gently because it looks brand new inside and out. A 01 VR6 might have harder miles on it. Be sure to have it checked by a good mechanic.
#12718 of 12749 Re: Should I buy a 99-04 Jetta? [gforce211]
Jan 14, 2009 (7:26 pm)
In general, German vehicles NEED to be meticulisly maintained. The mindset in Germany assumes that everyone will follow the suggested maintenance plan to the letter. This includes using PREMIUM fuel in the VR6 and turbocharged engines. Also specific oil should be run those engines. If one does this, a VW should give you well over 100K miles of enjoyable driving.
Also, you should expect to look for a mechanic that KNOWS how to maintain a VW. Othewise you may be asking for trouble.
On the other hand, Aisan cars are designed to be pretty much ignored. If you are the type of person who just wants to get to your destination and not be worried about using the proper oil or following the owners-manual for maintenance, then a VW may not be for you. Also, most Asian cars are kinda booring to drive compared to VWs.
Personally, I have owned over 5 VWs since my 1979 VW Scirocco. They have all gone over 100K miles. My current 2003 Jetta TDI has over 100K miles on it now and I fully expect another 100K.
BTW: If you live in an area where they use salt on the roads in the winter, VW dips the entire body in electrogalvanizing at the factory. The body on all VWs is waranteed for 12Years/Unlimited milage. This is somthing that NONE of the Aisan cars offer.
#12719 of 12749 What's the buzz?
Jan 14, 2009 (7:45 pm)
When I open the driver's door on my 2005 Jetta GL 2.0, there is a brief electronic buzzing sound. I have never heard anything like it. Anyone know what it is?
#12720 of 12749 Re: Should I buy a 99-04 Jetta? [bpeebles]
Jan 15, 2009 (6:55 am)
Thanks for your reply bpeebles. Good to know about the dipping thing since I live in Mn. Salt is a constant on the roads here in the winter. I don't mind giving a vehicle attention as I do that anyway with my current vehicle (04 F-150 4x4 Supercrew). I run full synthetic AMSOIL in it and detail it almost weekly.
#12721 of 12749 Re: High Mileage 2000 VW Jetta? [mochalatte]
Jan 15, 2009 (7:02 am)
I'm looking at a 02 Jet with the 1.8T. AUTO, 80K miles, in Mn. Car is in excellent condition. Dealer is asking 5999.00 (below book, NADA and KBB)
Is this a good deal? Is this 1.8T less problematic than the VR6? or more?