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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#1191 of 1441 Re: 2.5 Jetta Performance [jeffyscott]
Apr 28, 2006 (1:52 pm)
I had two VW Golfs, both with stick shift, a 2001 and a 2004. Despite fairly mediocre city mileage EPA ratings, they actually gave me good commute mileage - 30 for the earlier one, and 32 for the second (I wondered if the change to electronic throttle helped). Later I saw a study by the Auto Club that confirmed that VW's match their EPA ratings much better than some other cars. So I think VW doesn't try to "game" the driving cycle with gearing etc., just goes for a good driving experience, and real world numbers turn out good for mileage. Glad to hear you are getting 31 mpg on the freeway, that is super.
#1192 of 1441 Re: 2006 changes [jeffyscott]
Apr 28, 2006 (11:24 pm)
I just found out on the VW web page just how many features they STOLE form the 2005.5 2.5 model. The features that got deleted for 2006 are:
-automatic rear mirror
-maybe even more
These were the luxury features that made the 2.5 special. I admit that I was lucky enough to get my 2.5 before they stripped them. I do understand VW strategy though. Most car reviews of a new model are done within the first half year of that model (that is a guess) and are in the books now. All reviews praised the incredible standard feature content so that the car was a shining star in that regard. Smart but disappointing.
The 2005.5 was a great deal. The 2006 is only mediocre in comparison (I am still a Jetta lover though). If I had to choose today, I might upgrade to a 2.0T, but back then the lower price + luxury features won out.
#1193 of 1441 Sir ding Bat
May 11, 2006 (5:54 pm)
#1194 of 1441 Re: 2.5 Jetta Performance [micweb]
May 12, 2006 (9:56 am)
I drove a 1995 Golf rated 24/31 - a car that consistantly delivered 35mpg highway, and 25 city (consistantly over 100K miles that I owned it.)
Is the mid-20s/low 30s MPG range that I've read here common for a 2.5/5 spd combo? I think I've talked myself into another VW, looking at Jetta or Rabbit. Is anyone seeing better than 25/31??
#1195 of 1441 Re: 2.5 Jetta Performance [homerkc]
May 12, 2006 (10:02 am)
Dude, these things have gotten a lot heavier and more powerful over the past few years. For the mileage you want, you need a Polo - which of course isn't sold here. At least the current generation aces the crash tests.
#1196 of 1441 Re: 2.5 Jetta Performance [homerkc]
May 12, 2006 (11:05 am)
25/31 is about where we have been. In 2000 mi of mostly freeway travel at typically ~75 mph, we got 31 mpg.
In normal suburban cummuting got 27 in warmer weather and 24 in winter. This is on non-congested roads.
CR measured 33 highway (I think they do this at 65 mph), 17 city. Note that their city mileage is pretty much worst case and Jetta actually did slightly better than some cars that are rated higher. For example, Accord is rated at 24 city by EPA, but CR measured 16, IIRC.
#1197 of 1441 Re: 2.5 Jetta Performance [jeffyscott]
May 12, 2006 (12:22 pm)
Motorweek, testing a Jetta 2.5/Auto, claimed 30 MPG on their test loop. If you look at other test cars' mileage on the same loop, that 30 MPG was very good (our only evaluation, since we don't know what makes up that loop.)
#1198 of 1441 How much is a good buy on new Jetta 2.5?
May 18, 2006 (11:06 am)
I am in GA and I was offered 21K for a white Jetta 2.5 with no additional package.
Tax, Tag & Title not included.
Is it a good buy?
How much did you pay for yours?
#1199 of 1441 Re: How much is a good buy on new Jetta 2.5? [lvn098]
May 18, 2006 (6:52 pm)
I'd personally wait a few months for a 2007 model. VW just dropped pricing dramatically on the 2.5 Jetta's for 2007. I would almost say the 2006 models will lose some value. Here's the pricing ..
Jetta 2.5L(Value edition) 150 HP
5-speed manual $ 16,490
Tiptronic $ 17,565
Jetta 2.5 2.5L 150 HP
5-speed manual $ 17,900
Tiptronic $ 18,975
#1200 of 1441 Re: How much is a good buy on new Jetta 2.5? [chrono]
May 19, 2006 (3:25 pm)
Presumably there will be some de-contenting with the lower prices??? If so, the better deal may depend on what you want on the car.