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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#682 of 12749 Hondas and holdbacks
Jan 06, 2001 (9:01 am)
Ahh yeah. It was tough to pry our 1991 Accord from my wife's hands. Even tougher to keep her from walking across the street (from VW) and picking out her 2001 EX. She refused to test drive the Jetta. Now, I barely get a chance to drive it.
There's no doubt the Accord is a great, reliable car. There's no argument there. They are not the super-car they were 10 years ago, but they are still near the top of the list.
But man! How long can you keep the same basic style? I told my wife there was no reason to trade in the 1991 for a 2001. They only thing that looked different were the headlights and taillights! And our 1991 was probably more reliable than a 2001! Sidebar: My neighbor has a 2000 Accord and it has been in the shop way more than my 1991 ever was. Airbag problems, brake problems, and CE lights (smog stuff).
Test drive a Jetta and a Honda. IMO if you leave the dealer driving a Honda instead of a Jetta, you're in a coma.
As for the holdback, just run a price check here at Edmunds and they will tell you the holdback in your area. From there then you take all that info and find a dealer that will talk with you.
#683 of 12749 Accord vs Jetta
Jan 06, 2001 (11:00 am)
Well, this is what my decision boils down to.
Accord LX VTEC 150hp auto, CD player, silver (sunbelt, dark not an option and hate white) - 18k
Jetta 1.8T 150 hp auto, no CD player, no silver (impossible to find or must pay list price), questionable reliability - 20K
Sorry but 10/10 people will say that the Honda is more reliable than the VW Jetta. I've simplified the comparison but for me, those are the decision factors and all other options are pretty much identical. I'd still prefer the Jetta if price were a non issue. If I can find a silver VR6 for a great price, I might have to go for it.
#684 of 12749 Reliability is relative
Jan 06, 2001 (7:10 pm)
I'm sure not going to hold a gun to your head as I really could care less if you bought a Honda or a Jetta. And I do not mean that in a nasty tone. It's just a simple fact that neither of us know each other so who cares? As far as you know, I drive a 1965 Ford Galaxie.
Anyway, you can look at statistics all you want and yes, Honda has better stats than VW. In my travels around the net I see many, many satisfied VW owners as I also see satisfied Honda owners.
But, there are also more problems per 100 VW owners than Honda owners. But, the simple fact is, is if YOUR Honda is one of those that ends up having several problems (like my neighbors) then all those stats go right down the toilet. Your 88% (made up number) chance of getting a perfect Honda means squat and you have 100% lemon.
You can read Honda horror stories here on this forum also.
All I am saying is that Honda does make lemons. You might get one, you might not. Same with VW, Saturn, KIA, Mercedes, whatever manufacturer.
So anyway, pick what's best for you and enjoy it.
#685 of 12749 New Jetta Owner Questions/Comments
Jan 07, 2001 (6:35 am)
Picked up 2001 Red GLS 1.8T yesterday. Feel I got pretty good deal:MSRP of $24,300, Invoice of $22,146, Edmunds TMV of $23,185---paid $22,300.
Have a couple of questions(appreciate posts here and/or e-mail):
1-Car had $1050 Leather Package which is supposed to include Multi Function Steering Wheel. My car doesn't seem to have anything special on the wheel-manual shows a picture of multi function steering wheel which has lighted buttons for cruise control and radio volume. Any thoughts on what's going on here???
2-Even though I specifically asked salesman about gas requirement (he told me "regular-87 octane") I now see that 1.8T "requires" 91 octane (premium). (I have to admit that as much as I did research on the car I missed this point) Anyway, any opinions-can I alternate on fuels, maybe regular one time/premium the next, or use plus (89octane)? Premium generally runs $.20 more per gallon than regular here in Orlando area so this is of some concern BUT of course I don't want to trash an engine to save a couple hundred $$ over the life of the car.
Thanks for your info/opinions,
#686 of 12749 hogie 46 Leather Package
Jan 07, 2001 (6:45 am)
I just picked up my 2001 Jetta vr6 with the leather Package/mulit-functional stering wheel you describe. I know there is a leather package without the multi-functional wheel. Sounds like this is what you have...
#687 of 12749 bluejetta
Jan 07, 2001 (6:57 am)
Hey thanks for the response, I took a look a look at your car at wour site, nice. Anyways I picked up my car yesterday at the dealership, I felt like a king. They had a "VIP Pickup" area where my car sat patiently waiting for me too drive home in the front\center of the dealership. I knew I made the right choice in car, as far as looks go, when people were fixated on it as they walked by, what a nice feeling.
As far as aftermarket parts go what is availible right now for this generation of jetta? With cars I've had in the past I've relied on magazines to do my research on aftermarkets parts and mods, is there any magazines availible for the Jetta enthusiast?
#688 of 12749 To ccs30 re: Multi Function Steering Wheel
Jan 07, 2001 (11:02 am)
Thanks for your response - what was the MSRP on the Leather Package you got? And did it have the multi-function steering wheel?
My package was $1050 MSRP-it said it had the steering wheel but it clearly doesn't.
Dealer is kind of clueless-says they are going to check it out.
Jan 07, 2001 (12:10 pm)
Hey...email me and I'll email you a pile of places to shop for aftermarket dub-stuff...
#690 of 12749 CD Player (Single Disc-NOT Changer) for Monsoon System
Jan 07, 2001 (1:45 pm)
Anyone know of reasonably priced source/product that will absolutely work with the Monsoon system??
Just want a single disc player.
Thanks-answer here &/or e-mail to hogie46aol.com
#691 of 12749 Where to get our '97 jetta serviced in the No. VA area?
Jan 07, 2001 (9:22 pm)
Can anybody recommend a good independent mechanic to do the regular maintenance on an automatic '97 jetta GL (JAZZ edition), which now has 22,500 miles on it, in the northern Virginia area? We recently bought this car as a third family vehicle for our 17-year-old daughter to drive. I don't think the previous owner had the brake fluid changed, even though the car is well pass it's 2-year birthday. We'd like to get the full 2-year maintenance done on the car before our daughter puts too many miles on it. I've checked the yellow pages for garages "specializing in VW repair," but I'd have a lot more confidence going with a place that has received an enthusiastic recommendation from a fellow jetta owner. I'd be forever grateful if one of you could steer me in the right direction.