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#30294 of 35353 Re: 2013 VW Jetta GLI impressions [stickguy]
Feb 16, 2013 (7:30 pm)
Yeah - those are great. I really liked the hatchback as well. Seems like those wagons are excellent used car buys. Too bad they're not bringing the new 6 wagon to the U.S.
Back in '04 I almost bought a Mazda6 V6 manual - went for the TSX instead, but have always been fond of the 6.
#30295 of 35353 Re: 2013 VW Jetta GLI impressions [stickguy]
Feb 16, 2013 (7:35 pm)
But of course! 6 cyl and a moonroof. Can't beat it. I've wanted one for as long as they've existed!
Yeah, it's a shame that the new 6 wagon isn't coming to our shores. The pool of cars that I want keeps shrinking! (Not that I need it to expand!)
#30296 of 35353 Re: 2013 VW Jetta GLI impressions [corvette]
Feb 16, 2013 (7:47 pm)
Update: My first mod! I disconnected the cable to the "soundaktor" and the engine is almost silent below 3,000 rpm. It's difficult to tell from the sound whether it's a four or a six. The engine no longer growls at low (or high) rpm. I'm going to leave it disconnected for now, but I wish there were some sort of "in between" setting.
I suspect VW tuned the exhaust and intake to be quieter than they normally would have, knowing that they would install this device to create artificial engine noise. With it disconnected, the level of engine noise would be acceptable even in a Lexus.
#30297 of 35353 Couple Saturday test drives
Feb 16, 2013 (7:48 pm)
Had a couple free hours this afternoon, so the wonderful wife suggested I go drive some hatchback candidates.
Ford Focus (auto) - I'm not so sure what all the fuss is about with the 6-speed auto. It seemed fine to me. Nevertheless, I just couldn't get into it - roadburner summed it up pretty well with saying that the car doesn't have much personality. The rear seat room seems skimpy compared to the competition, and I like the interior overall in the Hyundai much better.
Impreza - surprisingly nice with probably the best rear seat room of the hatch's I've looked at. The 36 MPG (highway) is impressive considering the AWD and a decent amount of pep. I drove it right after the Focus, and the Subaru did seem more engaging. The CVT would take some getting used to, but I suppose that's why it nets the high MPG. Still not a big fan of the exterior styling, but it could grow on me. I'd like the sport model without the roof rails (maybe they're removable).
So at least I crossed the Focus off my list, but the "long-shot" Impreza moved up, so I still have a few hatch's in consideration.
All in all, I'm not in all that much of a hurry, considering the E39 I'd give up, while somewhat redundant with the 335xi I just added, is still more engaging as a second car than any of these cars.
#30298 of 35353 Re: 2013 VW Jetta GLI impressions [corvette]
Feb 16, 2013 (10:35 pm)
Congrats on the Jetta. I am impressed with some of VW's latest offerings, especially the Jetta and GTi.
In Canada the GTi tops out at $40k for fully loaded 5 door with DSG and Nav. Even though it's pricey I think it's one of the (if not the) best hatchbacks/sports compacts you can get on the market right now. Even compared to an Audi A3, the GTi just seems like a much better and nicer car.
Enjoy the car!
#30299 of 35353 Re: 2013 VW Jetta GLI impressions [fezo]
Feb 16, 2013 (11:16 pm)
Congrats! I love the 6 wagon- wish there was an MS6!
#30300 of 35353 Re: 2013 VW Jetta GLI impressions [corvette]
Feb 17, 2013 (6:11 am)
DI engines clatter a lot, no wonder they synthesize the noise. Still great tech.
#30301 of 35353 Re: Couple Saturday test drives [breld]
Feb 17, 2013 (6:13 am)
The 2.5i Limited doesn't have roof rails. Told ya that back seat was surprisingly roomy. I liked the sedan I test drove.
#30302 of 35353 Re: 2013 VW Jetta GLI impressions [fezo]
Feb 17, 2013 (6:45 am)
Congratulations on the 6/stick/wagon -- quite a find.
I believe that's a V6 -- a friend was interested in these and said there's a nasty problem with the PCV system; something about a valve clogging up, or the oil pick-up clogging, and in the medium term, bye-bye engine.
It sounded like one of those things were forewarned is forearmed, so you may wish to check one of the fan sites and see whether there's anything to it. I really like those as well. What keeps me from Mazda up here in MI is their tendency to rust -- aside from the fact that, like Nissans, they are fairly thin on the ground.
One of these days I'll get my Outback, but I'm really not sold on the need for AWD.
Good luck with the Six. FWD wagon FTW!
#30303 of 35353 Re: Couple Saturday test drives [ateixeira]
Feb 17, 2013 (7:31 am)
You were certainly right about that backseat. At 6' 3", I need all the seat travel possible in the driver's seat - in the Impreza, the back seat still had reasonable room for the kids in back with the driver's seat all the way back. In the Focus, the front seat was practically touching the back seat.
My wife, who has a dislike for Subarus, actually likes it. What she really likes is the tangerine orange XV Crosstrek . Too bad the XV gets 3 MPG worse than the Impreza - how can that be? Just ride height?