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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#7166 of 12749 My envious co-worker...
Jul 27, 2002 (4:33 pm)
I had mentioned him before, the one with the 1991 Honda Civic LX. He said he and his gf are in the market for a new car, but they want an SUV because they need the cargo room. He has gone absolutely crazy over my car in the past 2 weeks. I mean compliments just flood from him when he rides in it. From the comfort, to the power, even to the stereo system.
I told him if he liked my car so much, he could go and get one of them. He said he needed cargo room though. I conveniently reminded him that VW now makes a Jetta wagon with the same 1.8T engine that I have, and it has more cargo room, more power, and better fuel economy than the Subaru Forester he likes thus far. I think I have encouraged him to try one out. We shall see what happens though.
#7167 of 12749 New designs copying VW...
Jul 27, 2002 (4:35 pm)
Anyone notice recently how most other car companies are copying VW's styling themes? They all now have the radio antennas on the back above the back window like all VWs have had for awhile now, and they all now have those door handles like all VWs that you can slip your hand through, that don't break nails (my best friend is grateful for these, she used to lose about a fingernail a week in my previous car's door handles). I would also think that the VW handles would be alot easier to use for someone with a hand disability as well.
It's pretty nice to drive the original, instead of a carbon copy of a design, eh?
Jul 27, 2002 (8:21 pm)
seven posts in a row! is that a record?
there does seem to be a lot of new cars using VW's door handles. not so much with the antennas though. i prefer having it integrated into the rear windshield myself. some people think WV's antennas are for cell phones.
have your friend try out the gulf too. if you don't need to use the back seat, it'll have a lot of space too.
Jul 28, 2002 (8:11 am)
Vocus, I almost always have my AC and/or defroster on (which is the AC anyway) and I get about 25 mpg with shifts at 4-5k rpm, jack rabbits starts and running in the 80s-90s on the freeway. The AC shouldn't impact engine performance that much, not in this day and age. Try using 91-92 octane gas - I won't use anything but premium in my turbo.
#7170 of 12749 Venus...
Jul 28, 2002 (10:48 am)
The reason I suggested the Jetta wagon to my friend was because he liked the power and feel of my 1.8T engine, and it isn't available in the Golf anymore. I told him about the TDI, but he said diesels are dirty and he doesn't want one of those. I also told him they are clean enough to be sold in California (in limited numbers), but he still doesn't think they are clean enough.
#7171 of 12749 Blueguy...
Jul 28, 2002 (10:50 am)
I have been going back and forth between 87 and 89 octane gas, to see if there is a difference in my fuel economy. According to the gauge, the 87 I have in there now seems to be going a little faster than the 89 I had in the last tank. I will also probably try 93 octane to see what happens.
I used 87 all winter with no problems, but maybe the heat and all makes the engine work harder and use more gas in the summer. I don't know, but I will definitely try 93 next tank. Thanks.
Jul 28, 2002 (1:19 pm)
well, on a 100 degree day today Justin went out and test drove convertibles. as much as i adore the Cabrio - just can't do it. no 5 speeds ANYWHERE on the east coast. i have checked. and the automatic Cabrio I drove today was just awful. maybe it was the heat and a/c, i don't know. just awful. the car literally sounded awful, so much that i hated to make it downshift, which it needed to do in the worst way, considering i was rolling backwards down hills....
i also drove a Miata. perfect car. even though they are having kick butt finance deals, i the Miata I want MSRP's at over $26k. not sure i want to go through all that right now, especially now that summer is half over. beatiful car though.
gotta say, even with the manual tran, the Miata has NOTHING on my autmatic Jetta, "get up and go" wise....
unless Mazda calls me and offers me the deal of a lifetime, me and my Jetta will be looking at another winter together.
#7173 of 12749 thoughts/feedback
Jul 28, 2002 (1:40 pm)
i am not a complete idiot for REQUIRING ABS on any car, right? i know some here for would say, "No Justin, you are a complete idiot for SOOO many other things....haha", but seriously, so many people say if you really know how to drive, you don't need it.
it makes me feel better, period. am i just a freak about not "giving" on that requirement, or does anyone else feel the same way?
thanks - J
Jul 28, 2002 (2:01 pm)
If you're willing to go used, look at 2000 or 99 Miatas...you can pick up a 99 with 30000 miles for about 12-15k. There's a local mazda dealer, Hine, in san diego that sells off lease miatas for a song. I've been tempted several times...better handling, the san diego sun, perfect reliability (my family has owned two Miatas).
And if you think a feature is a must, then nobody else has a right to tell you otherwise. You gotta drive it - you make the payments so it should be exactly as you want it.
#7175 of 12749 2003 Jetta changes
Jul 28, 2002 (3:48 pm)
new to this board... after talking with the dealer and seeing how few GLS leather models were left from the 2002 model year, I am going to wait a few more weeks for the 2003's. Will actually make an official order next week for a GLS 1.8t w/ leather and Monsoon (luxury pkg is standard on new GLS's).
Anyone know of any changes in the 2003 model (I know a body change is expected in '04)
So far, I have heard the price is about $300 cheaper, the GLS comes with the luxury package, and the keyless entry may have an option to lower windows. Has anyone else heard of any other changes? Just curious as my dealer isn't sure yet, and I'm very excited.