Last post on Jul 17, 2009 at 3:49 AM
You are in the Volkswagen Jetta
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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
Dec 16, 2008 (9:33 am)
Does anyone think Jetta's are any good?
What sort of problems?
We have the first model year of this car (which was actually 2005, despite the discussion title). We had a few things in the first year, which was not unexpected, since it was a new model. But we are happy with the car.
Actually VWs reliability reputation was in the toilet. It is this new Jetta (and the Rabbit) that have been better, with average or above in reliability, according to CR surveys.
#1405 of 1441 Satellite Modulator in 2006 Jetta
Dec 31, 2008 (2:38 pm)
When I purchased my 2006 Jetta (package II) back in Nov 2005, I received a 3 month trial subscription to XM. Since the trial, I have NOT had XM service. However, my dad reactivated the account as my Christmas present this year and since, I have been unable to get the satellite radio to work properly. When I activated the service, I was allowed to hear channel 01 and 247. I tried refreshing the signal about (4) times over the course of a week and every time received a "FAILURE" message across the factory installed radio's screen. I've come to the conclusion that there must be something wrong, whether it's the modulator or the wiring or the signal, I don't know.
Can anyone please shed light on the situation? Of course, when calling the dealer they immediately assumed the satellite modulator is bad and tried to sell me a new one for $500 uninstalled.
If I can receive channels 01 and 247, does that mean the modulator is working? Any advice would be greatly appreciated...
#1406 of 1441 JETTA REAPIR COSTS
Jan 01, 2009 (1:53 pm)
I am considering buying a new Jetta. How are the repair costs compated to Japanese cars?
I have heard horror stories about repair costs for BMW and Audi.
#1407 of 1441 Re: Satellite Modulator in 2006 Jetta [lightsey]
Jan 02, 2009 (7:34 am)
Yes, if 01 and 247 are working, that sounds consistent with your satellite receiver/demodulator performing exactly as expected for one that has no valid subscription.
call sirius and tell them the serial number of the receiver and they can help you.
also you can probably lookup your account/serial-number via their web site.
Sirius customer service is outstanding in my experience.
#1408 of 1441 Re: JETTA REAPIR COSTS [smallcar1]
Jan 03, 2009 (8:04 am)
If you click on "TIPS & ADVICE" and then go to "true cost to own" you can get edmunds estimates of average repair and maintenance costs for 5 years/75 K miles. To me, this is a better way to compare, rather than anecdotal information that you will get from individual owners.
We have had no repairs that we had to pay for on our 2005.5 Jetta 2.5 (except for a flat tire). I don't think our maintenance costs per proceedure have been unusually high, but they do ask for some things to be done more often than some other manufacturers: change brake fluid at 2 years, change spark plugs at 40K mi or 4 years.
#1409 of 1441 Considering buying 06 2.5
Jan 07, 2009 (9:00 am)
I appreciate that I can read through the various posts, and have done so, but was wondering if anyone out there had an 06 2.5 manual and what their experience was with it? My company has one for sale and I am seriously considering buying it but there seems to be a lot of contradictory info out there regarding reliability. Also, how often does the timing belt have to be changed?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
#1410 of 1441 Re: JETTA REAPIR COSTS [jeffyscott]
Jan 07, 2009 (10:04 am)
I owned two different Golfs in the early and mid-part of this decade, and learned a couple of things from my ownership:
VW's are great fun to drive and have a - hate to use this word but its the most accurate - cachet that Corollas, Hondas, Scions can't match.
VW does almost everything "it's own way" and it's NOT a good idea to use an oil shop or independent garage - except maybe one specializing in VW's - for services.
VW dealers can charge quite different prices for the same service, so it pays to shop around.
For example, the oil used in VW is not only supposed to be full synthetic, it is an unusual grade - 5W-40 - and has to satisfy a specific VW specification as well. The VW drain plug is supposed to be completely replaced at every oil change, not just the washer, to prevent oil pan damage. VW coolant is different. And it goes on.
Fortunately the fluids and parts and services are competitively priced (my dealer oil changes were only about $50) and service was good - I had no desire to use a Jiffy Lube, for example, and if you use their fluids, you can go the recommended oil change intervals (an initial short 5,000 mile interval, followed by 10,000 mile changes). My 40k "major tuneup" at which plugs were replaced only cost me $300, same as or less than the 30k mile "service packages" the Toyota and Honda dealers tried to push on me WITHOUT a spark plug change. And changing the brake fluid is a good idea than more manufacturer's should embrace - brake fluid is hygroscopic - naturally draws water vapor out of the air - and moisture is brake fluid's worst enemy. True, the resulting problem might only arise coming down a mountain where the brakes are constantly used, but VW seems to care more about performance than other makers, so I applaud them for their caution.
You will probably occasionally hear a story of VW "repair hell", which is, imho, mainly a result of VW's market share - they are a "thinly" sold line, and there aren't all those expert mechanics like they have in Europe to quickly solve problems. You can avoid repair hell by selecting a good dealer with a good service department that has low service staff turn-over and a good reputation. Once again, VW is not a brand to be blase with about choice of after-market service, and not a brand to take to Jiffy Lube or the gas station mechanic - it's a specialized product, and if you shop as carefully for service and maintenance, and do what the owner's manual asks (which isn't that much), you'll almost never have a problem, and minor problems will be quickly fixed.
#1411 of 1441 Re: JETTA REAPIR COSTS [micweb]
Jan 07, 2009 (10:10 am)
I should add that I had to purchase an extra bottle of oil after my oil changes and add half a quart or so every 3,000 miles. Since as a matter of caution I had the dealer change my oil at 5,000 miles instead of 10,000 miles, one quart was enough. VW's design philosophy is that a little oil use is good, it means more is coating the cylinder walls and valve guides, an engine that doesn't use oil probably has rings and seals that don't let enough oil into the places that don't usually get enough lubrication, if you drive hard. Keep in mind VW assumes hard drivers, other makers assume tame automatic drivers.
#1412 of 1441 Re: Considering buying 06 2.5 [weaselinsuit]
Jan 07, 2009 (5:14 pm)
how often does the timing belt have to be changed?
Never, the 2.5 engine has a timing chain not a belt.
#1413 of 1441 Re: Considering buying 06 2.5 [weaselinsuit]
Jan 08, 2009 (6:04 am)
im getting ready to turn in my 2006 lease. i have not had any problems w/the jetta, the maintenance cost has not been too expensive. The oil changes should be done by either the dealer or someone who speicalizeds in VW.