Last post on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:37 PM
You are in the Volkswagen Jetta
What is this discussion about?
Honda Accord, Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#191 of 245 Re: Anyone comparing these? [venus537]
Nov 04, 2007 (6:36 am)
I won't. VW's earned big time laurels with the 1.8T in the late 90s (kinda like the 2.0T is getting now), and I almost ended up picking Passat over Accord. A decade later, I am glad to say that I didn't. In fact, I have comprehensive experience with Jetta (two of them) from 2002-2003 model years. One of them is gone, and for very good reasons. The other is about to.
The engine sucks. Sometimes it feels that the check-engine light itself needs a recall for popping up too often (and this started in both cars after the dreaded 80K mile warranty). The mileage went down around 90-100K mile (based on my friends' calculations, and whatever I saw of it). The turbo lag, which was literally non-existent in 1998 Passat, had become a nuisance. Handling and steering? I would take my 182K mile '98 Accord over Jettas with half the life (and miles), anyday. Thats just the reality.
I considered VW in Fall 1997. It won't make my list now. At least for next six years or so, which will be an evaluation period.
#192 of 245 Re: Anyone comparing these? [bob757fl]
Nov 04, 2007 (8:10 am)
I said I just needed to look over the Consumer Reports reliability ratings since that is very important to me.
If that is all you care about, why waste your time and the salesman's time? Why wouldn't you just look at that data first and test drive only those cars that are supposed to be above average in reliability ?
#193 of 245 Re: Anyone comparing these? [elroy5]
Nov 04, 2007 (8:53 am)
...but luxury-compact just doesn't sound like two words that go together.
Why??? Just because a car is compact doesn't preclude it from being a luxury brand. I commend VW for offering a compact car that's tops in fit and finish, interior decor, driving dynamics, safety and features AND is relatively affordable. Consumers who buy compact variants of the Acura, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus or BMW don't seem to have a problem putting luxury and compact together.
#194 of 245 Re: Anyone comparing these? [robertsmx]
Nov 04, 2007 (9:07 am)
Your comments about the 1.8T ring true. With my Jetta I experienced turbo lag and like everyone else had the ignition coils replaced. But the big time laurels ring true when it comes to the 2.0T engine. It is an absolute dynamite power train! Well at least it is in the configuration I have it.
#195 of 245 Re: Anyone comparing these? [venus537]
Nov 04, 2007 (9:25 am)
How many miles do you have on it?
#196 of 245 Re: Anyone comparing these? [robertsmx]
Nov 04, 2007 (9:45 am)
#197 of 245 Re: Anyone comparing these? [thegraduate]
Nov 04, 2007 (10:37 am)
Give Satan time, and he will make them a winner. You can bet on it.
#198 of 245 Re: Anyone comparing these? [elroy5]
Nov 04, 2007 (12:09 pm)
Heeeeyyy, not cool man. Not cool.
Don't be hatin'! lol
Nov 05, 2007 (8:36 am)
how 'bout we just stick to the two cars?
#200 of 245 VW trim quality
Nov 08, 2007 (1:11 pm)
I recently spent some time in my brother's new 2008 VW GTI. What a neat car - not practical, but neat! The paddle-shifters with no torque converter are awesome!!! I was uber-impressed with the interior fit and finish. I parked it next to my brand new 2008 Honda Accord EX-L and there was no comparison. The GTI's leather interior was significantly better! (IMHO, I don't think the Accord's interior is bad -- it just isn't up to snuff with the VW).
Is the Jetta's interior of similar quality to the GTI?
(I like the GTI and my brother puts a premium on speed and handling. But, I can't imagine spending $29k on a hatchback! That's a lot of $$ for not much interior real estate! Of course, it will run circles around my Accord!)