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Volkswagen Jetta, Wagon
Oct 09, 2010 (5:21 pm)
Snow handling depends far more on tire type than vehicle - within the same category that is. Front Wheel Drive cars.
It should be fine with all seasons and will do better than most SUV's if you give it 4 snow tires.
#198 of 246 insurance on the Sportwagen
Oct 10, 2010 (9:05 am)
Does anyone happen to know if the Sportagen is classified as a sports car for insurance purposes and, as a result, cost more to insure?
#199 of 246 Re: insurance on the Sportwagen [connecticut2]
Oct 11, 2010 (4:07 pm)
We compared Sportwagen TDI (no sunroof, no nav system, factory Bioline wheels)insurance with Subaru Forester (2.5X Premium) insurance and Sportwagen was higher by only 5%. I think the difference had more to do with Sportwagen's somewhat higher price than it's sports credentials. The Sportwagen TDI is indeed a blast to drive tho -- the torque comes on in gobs and it sticks to the road like no car we have ever owned before.
If you want a comparo in your case, visit Dealers on a Sunday so that you'll not get hassled, and jot down the VINs for models you wish to compare. Give your insurance agent the VINS and they'll likely be able to run your numbers.
Oct 12, 2010 (4:48 am)
I understand the SE model does not come with DSG, but with a different 6 speed auto transmission. Is that because the DSG was specifically designed for a diesel engine? If not, what's the difference between the two?
#201 of 246 TDI and SEL comes with DSG
Oct 12, 2010 (5:08 am)
My '09 SEL has DSG and a few other upgraded features the TDI doesn't have (18" tires, real leather, 3 position memory drivers seat, controls on the steering wheel, dual air, faster motor, etc....it's actually much closer to the Audi.) I don't know why they don't have any SEL's in their '11 line-up. Sure it costs more - but for us, we could see the value.
Two years later, after all the research, we're getting rid of her and going back to an SUV. Just need more passenger space. So sad!
#202 of 246 Re: TDI and SEL comes with DSG [colammy]
Oct 12, 2010 (9:22 am)
I know exactly what you mean ..There's no car in the $25000 range that drives the way these Jettas or Passats are driving; - the way they're hugging the road, etc. My concern is just like yours - lack of space, as I have a wife and 2 kids...very gut-wrenching decision ...
#203 of 246 Cargo Length?
Oct 31, 2010 (6:56 am)
Can anyone tell me the cargo length of the Sportwagon: the length from the front seats to the back door in inches? I need more than 60".
I am planning on using it commercially and putting around 72k miles a year on it if its cargo area is adequate. Do you think the sportwagon is a good option for this, or would you recommend another vehicle? I am a little concerned about build reliability and cost of repairs.
The sportwagon seems to be the most cargo space with the best mpg currently from my research so far. Thanks.
#204 of 246 Faulty door locks on 2009 Sportwagen?
Nov 01, 2010 (4:31 pm)
Is anyone else having issues with the automatic door locks on the 2009 Sportwagen? This issue becomes apparent after trying to lock my car via the remote and it not beeping. If you open the door the alarm still goes off, but the door opens.
I had my rear passenger lock go out about 6 months after buying the car, and recently my driver door is showing the same symptoms. I'm about 3k miles from the warranty expiring and am going to have the lock replaced ASAP. But I'm wondering if this is a widespread problem or if it's just my vehicle since it was one of the first Sportwagens. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
#205 of 246 Re: Faulty door locks on 2009 Sportwagen? [kimmc11]
Nov 05, 2010 (8:27 am)
YES!!!! Our car is at the dealer now and they are telling us it's going to cost $450 to replace the "faulty mechanism" in the passenger back door. Our warranty has expired but they admitted it's due to a faulty mechanism. We are waiting for the service manager to call us back. We experienced the very same thing with the driver's side door a while back (we've had the car now for a little over 2 years) and it happened periodically. I'm furious that they are suggesting we cover this cost when it seems to be a common problem in certain vw models. I suggest you speak with your service provider about it so when you're warranty expires they have documentation that this is a pre-existing condition.
#206 of 246 Re: Faulty door locks on 2009 Sportwagen?
Nov 05, 2010 (4:44 pm)
You are funny - this has been a "preexisting condition" in VW / Audi for over 10 years.... welcome to the club.
With my wifes 2003 Jetta, we have to use the key inserted into the drivers door to enguage/disenguage the locks and alarm. It is farrrr cheaper than having it 'fixed'.
It all started years ago after the drivers window was left open and there was a summer thunderstorm. The drivers-door lock has never been the same since.