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Honda Accord, Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
Jul 21, 2008 (8:32 am)
I own an 03 Accord EXL 2.4 and an 03 Passat GLS 1.8T (Wagon). I bought the Honda new and the Passat in 2005 for $9000 (I think I stole it.) I've been very satisfied with the Honda. I also like the way my Passat drives and rides and looks, but I cannot say I'm very satisfied. On average over the last year, I spend more on unscheduled maintenance on the Passat per month than I've spent on the Accord in it's lifetime. Let me make this clear. On the Passat, with me doing all the labor, in the last year, I've replaced the door latch (about to replace it again), both CV axles, both rear window clips, front brake rotors, and a few other things I can't think of off the top of my head. From what I've read on the Passatworld.com forums, those same problems happen on almost all Passats and according to consumer reports, the Jetta is worse. On the Accord in it's lifetime, I've replaced one O2 sensor and I did the self repair on the radio backlight. The Passat has 97,000 miles, the Accord 118,000. If you go with the VW, get the extended warranty, or get a good tool kit. You'll need a set of triple square drivers.
On the VW routine maintenance is also more difficult and I would assume more expensive at the shop. Synthetic oil is a requirement on the turbo engines and you dare not go over 5000 miles before an oil change. Changing the air filter on the Passat is also a lot more troublesome than any other car I've ever owned.
All that complaining aside, I still like my Passat. I think the ride is superior and the cabin is quieter than the Accord. The only thing malfunctioning on it at the moment is the driver side door latch (doesn't always lock with the remote). I've afraid to repair it (for the second time) because every time I fix something, two more things break. I test drove a Passat and a Jetta back to back, but it's been 7 or 8 years ago. I don't think the Jetta's cabin will be any quieter than the Accord.
#225 of 245 Which car?
Oct 25, 2008 (4:57 pm)
I wondering if I should get a 09 Jetta SE/Wolfsburg edition or 09 Accord EX-L??
Which model is leasing better? The VW is offering a Sign and drive event, I think I could get into a Jetta for $330 or so on the SE and a bit more on the Wolfsburg edition. The Accord, I think if I am right I can get into one for $330 up to $370?? I am not sure of the real numbers on the Accord. This would be the 4cyl, navi.
Also, not in the same class, but the dealer offered a deal on the Tiguan, nice smaller SUV, never drove it, but big sale on it I guess. Not sure I want an SUV type car.
I really want an Accord back, but I will also tell you that the VW dealer has a possible customer that would take over( assume ) my current lease on a 08 G6. So, then they would take that off my hands which is very HARD to do, then go to a new lease, but I am not sure if I should get an Accord, which I have always wanted or get a VW. My mom has an 08 VW so I am familiar with it, I love them too.
Let me know what you guys think. Or do you guys think I am crazy getting out of my G6, which has everything I want, leather, roof, sound, but wanting something else.... I never wanted a G6 anyway though... lol. If you were able to get out of a G6 lease with only 6mth into it, would you do it? Or do I seem greedy? lol AHH!
Let me know!
#226 of 245 Re: Which car? [bvdj84]
Oct 26, 2008 (6:47 am)
I got to thinking.......
I am starting to think that I want an Accord back, but if the VW being easier and having a better lease program, than I might go that route. Though getting at least an EX-L on the Accord, with $340 payment would be easy to do I think.
The only issue I got to thinking is that if I go the Accord route, and say the customer that the wants to take over my lease says YES he wants to take over the G6, then what am I supposed to do as far as the processing fee, which is $595, I think really he should have to pay for it all, if he wants it. Then, I feel the VW dealer got nothing from me. Now, the ball is in the VW's court, as they will try to get my out of the G6, and into a VW, then they are getting something out of the deal. If I go the Accord route, they really won't, the customer will get a good lease on a car, but that is it. As GMAC is not leasing or leasing badly now, as they are fading that out.
Its almost like if I don't take this opportunity to get out of a lease, then it will become more impossible to get out, more miles, more age. Now my car is still young with only 8500 miles. So its like now or never perhaps, its really hard to get out, plus, I can;t trade it, as I am so upside down.
Also, if I get an Accord Which TRIM do you think I can get for under $400.
I would want the navi, or go all out and get the V6 Navi... What do you think, maybe I can get more for my buck!
Thanks again guys! I am going to get answer tomorrow if the customer wants my G6. I want some solid advice to go in with. I know, I write alot..lol srry.
#227 of 245 Re: Which car? [bvdj84]
Oct 26, 2008 (11:28 am)
do you guys think I am crazy getting out of my G6.... I never wanted a G6 anyway though... If you were able to get out of a G6 lease with only 6mth into it, would you do it?
Crazy, I don't know...mayber foolish...probably. If you never wanted a G6, why do you have one? I'd never lease, but no I'd never buy a new car and trade it after 6 months.
Or do I seem greedy?
No, just fickle.
#228 of 245 Re: Which car? [jeffyscott]
Oct 26, 2008 (1:39 pm)
Well, I won't bore you with my long story of why I am in a G6. I never thought I would be driving one. Lets just say I did something nice for someone... I am very fickle. I am actually liking the G6, but I really want an Accord I think, because I gave up my 06 Accord so I could do this nice thing. So coming from an Accord to a G6 was a hit. My mom already has a VW Jetta, so if I want to drive a VW here and there, I can. So I could get an Accord, and our family have the best of both worlds.
So at the same time, I feel I deserve to get what I want after what I did and went through to do this nice thing, and at the other, I feel greedy, selfish, but I should no way feel that way.
#229 of 245 Re: Which car? [bvdj84]
Oct 28, 2008 (5:18 am)
I see, so you are crazy but for a different reason than I had thought .
I don't know much about leasing or getting out of them, but if you do change cars I think you should get whatever you want, can afford, and are willing to pay for...so that you don't feel like you want to do this again a year from now or something.
The new Accord is quite a bit different from the 2006 that you gave up, isn't it?...it is a lot bigger for one thing.
#230 of 245 Re: Which car? [jeffyscott]
Oct 28, 2008 (5:45 am)
You are completely right when it comes to getting what I want, I should do it from the start, so that way I am happy. Perhaps keeping a car for its whole lease.
The new Accord is different, but I found it handles really well, I like the size of it.
Really, I would totally buy a Civic SI coupe in the newer blue type color they have. That is one sharp looking car! Someone would have to teach me to drive a manual though. I know its not too hard to learn!
Only if they offered the SI in the automatic and then placed paddleshifters on the steering wheel. beautiful car! See I take pride in cars, a Honda, I can really take pride in it. But still considering a VW if it looks better lease wise. Sign and drive event.
#231 of 245 Re: Which car? [bvdj84]
Oct 28, 2008 (8:20 am)
Perhaps keeping a car for its whole lease.
Who knows, if you really like it maybe you'll even keep the same car for 10-12 years. Just think of all the money you could spend on other things, if you were to do that.
#232 of 245 Re: Which car? [jeffyscott]
Oct 28, 2008 (8:54 am)
Yeah, I know, Its crazy how much money we all really spend on a car. That is money that I would love to use for something else. But, with that said, it is nice not having to spend $$ on repairs, and having something new every so often. You know time goes by so fast, that years can fly by like yesterday. I don't have to have a brand new car, but I do. I could do fine with a used, but its easier getting a new.
Who knows, your right, I could keep it that long. Having it paid off. Put the money into a interest account.
Another guy I know was at VW/Audi/Mercedes dealership, he was in his I think 03-05 honda convertible, I was like, "you enjoying your car on the last few warm days?" He replied," yes, I am trading it in though" I am like cool, which car? He goes" I'm getting a Benz". LOL I laughed to myself inside, but I didn't reply back. He was looking at a 350 model. He can afford that car more so, since he is trading that Honda, which holds quite a bit of good equity. But, getting a Benz. I am not a big fan of them, I think most of them are plain ugly, and scream out too loud of status. I look at someone driving the car as if they had paid way toooo much for a car. I would so be looking at other cars. Their nice, but really worth the status factor?? not sure. Even then, their still ugly, with those bugged out head lights. That the best you can do? Am I really supposed to think you are all successful, or just think, Man, your in serious debt. Both enter my mind at the same time.
Anyway, we all have our own priorities, a certain look. Not bashing anyone who drives a Benz. You may be the most amazing person, but just want a nice car. So kudos to you. Go for it. For me, the Benz is lower on the list.
#233 of 245 Re: Jetta vs. Accord [allhorizon]
Jun 16, 2009 (5:47 am)
Of course, the Accord is bigger (should be compared to the Passat) and slightly more reliable.
Bigger doesn't mean better, not everybody needs and like modern behemoths like new Accord. I had accord and acura tl before, never again. Both cars had small annoying issues. Now I'm driving unreliable German car and have 0 issues.