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Volkswagen Jetta, Future Vehicle, Sedan
#181 of 268 Re: 2011 buying decision [stgenis]
Feb 08, 2011 (9:12 pm)
For me personally, I know that VW Jetta has been a well made car. I have tested,shopped and compared Mazda 3, Corolla, Honda Civic, Chevy Cruze, and many other. Nothing (price)comes close to well equipped bare essential than VW Jetta Model S. Also I always thought that Jetta is higher class than all the car mentioned above anyway. A plus like bvdj84 said, 3 years free service. Though many will say it's downgrade in quality compare to 2009 but I personally still think interior is still better than Corolla,Civic or Cruze. Not sure about Mazda 3, but I love my Jetta.
#182 of 268 Re: 2011 buying decision [phissith]
Feb 09, 2011 (7:42 am)
I am replacing a ten year old Sentra that has been reliable, and mostly trouble free. Out of necessity, I'll be keeping my next car for at least that long. Some good friends recently counseled against the Jetta, or any other Volkswagen product due to the number of problems they had had over the years with their Passat wagon. They purchased it new in 2003 and got rid of it last week. Over the last seven years, the Passat had been in for several repairs and they traded it for a Camry because the latest round of troubles would have cost over 4k to repair. Do you think that the new "de-contented" Jetta will be reliable? The other car I'm looking at is the Subaru Impreza, which feels a little dated to me, and is not nearly as roomy as the Jetta. It does have a reputation for reliability, though, and is a sedan that can still be found with a manual transmission. Did you test the Impreza during your process?
#183 of 268 Re: 2011 buying decision [stgenis]
Feb 09, 2011 (8:24 am)
I'm a big fan of the Imprezza and drive them regularly when my Mercedes is in for service (Mercedes and Subaru are at the same dealership where I live). That said, I bought the new Jetta S for my daughter's first car. It is much less expensive, has a smooth and more comfortable ride, and feels just as well put together.
Reliability will depend on model and how it is driven. The 5 cylinder models should be fine, no better or worse than most new cars today. The base 4 and the diesel should both be exceptionally reliable. Diesel just because they tend to be overbuilt, and the old 2.slow because it has a 20+ year reputation for reliability.
I like the car so much that I actually use it for longer trips to keep the mileage off of my Mercedes.
#184 of 268 Re: 2011 buying decision [stgenis]
Feb 09, 2011 (10:52 am)
Of course the new version of the Jetta is somewhat of an unknown, but for it's predecessor CR predicted new car reliability was rated as "better than average" in their April 2010 issue. The imprezza was rated one notch higher (provided it is not a turbo) at "much better than average".
Imprezza WRX was rated "worse than averge".
#185 of 268 What is convenience package on 2011 Jetta SE
Feb 09, 2011 (12:40 pm)
We test drove the 2011 S and SE.... Both are great, but since we want the 2.5L engine, the S is out.
I asked the dealer about the model I test drove, and he told me it was the generic SE with alloy wheels (which seemed to have blue tooth and the audio aux-in port)
Now there is the following, but we are having trouble distinguishing what all the different options are:
- SE w/ convenience package
- SE PZEV
Can anyone shed some light as to the differences between the above? I think PZEV is just emissions, and if so, any pros/cons about that.
ANY help is appreciated.
#186 of 268 "edmunds" it
Feb 09, 2011 (1:53 pm)
just like the phrase 'google it' just 'edmunds it'. they review about the various trims and package details on the model's page.. gotto to love edmunds..
#187 of 268 SE (w/ Conv. & Sun) vs. SEL (w/ sun) $1500
Feb 10, 2011 (3:42 am)
What should I get? What's the difference between these two cars? MSRP seems to be $1500 more for the SEL.
My Concerns / things I'm not sure of:
1. I don't really want the GPS (Garmin or an Android phones is probably better). - Is the screen the same size as the screen in the SE or is it actually smaller?
2. Is bluetooth functionality for both cars the same?
3. Is it worth it to have the rear disk brakes?
4. Other thoughts comparing these two cars?
Extra credit question: Should I figure out a way to wait (my lease on my current vw is coming to an end soon) and get the GLI for several k more?
#188 of 268 Re: SE (w/ Conv. & Sun) vs. SEL (w/ sun) $1500 [search4car]
Feb 10, 2011 (8:15 am)
I know that the lease prices between the SE and the SEL was huge. The lease cash wasn't available on the SEL and the SE had a better lease rate.
SE/w conv- Has the entertainment package: 6 disc CD changer, Surius Radio, Bluetooth for phone and streaming music from Iphone or device. Traditional AUX jack input, Voice commands. Larger screen.
SEL-Navigation: Similar features as SE, but allows use of navigation and directions. Same Bluetooth, Voice Commands. sunroof.
Push buttom start option. You do not put the key in the ignition. You can have the key in your pocket and place thumb on car handle and open. Get in car and press button to start without the key. Key has to be on you though.
Fancy, but yet not necessary.
4 disc brakes- Perhaps ever so slightly stronger in performance.
GLI: Will more than likely be worth the wait!! However- it will be a little more expensive. A bit more than the SEL. It is an SEL, but with added performance, such as the upgraded rear suspension, wheels, 2.0T engine. Slight interior upgrades, mainly cosmetic. It will be a very fun car! If you are willing to wait and pay more! However, don't plan to lease it. It will not lease too well.
I see the SE/w conv with the biggest bang for the buck!! The SEL seems to be a bit overkill. Both SE and SEL have same bluetooth. Your really not getting much more. Push button, Nav-which I really don't need. Unless your pushing this car really hard, then the rear brake drums are not going to be an issue. I took forever choosing and I love my car. White Gold/cornsilk interior, Conv/sunroof. Chrome tipped exhaust. It is great!!
So I would either decide on the SE or a GLI at this point. If your going to spend a little bit more, then go with the GLI! Though the price on the SEL isn't too much more, it was the lease numbers that kept me from getting the SEL. Making it too expensive and unnecessary.
#189 of 268 Re: SE (w/ Conv. & Sun) vs. SEL (w/ sun) $1500 [bvdj84]
Feb 10, 2011 (6:14 pm)
Great tip on the differences in the lease rates. Perhaps I should head over to the lease forum and do some research on what the lease rates are for the two. Also, My plan now is to lease the car, so if the lease rates will not be good on the GLI then I either need to consider purchasing or go with the SE. Sounds like I may be going with the same thing you got.
What's the scoop on color? Any colors that the dealer will put a higher premium on? I've never had a black car so i was kind of thinking of going all black. What's your thoughts?
#190 of 268 Re: SE (w/ Conv. & Sun) vs. SEL (w/ sun) $1500 [search4car]
Feb 11, 2011 (8:16 am)
Yes, really cannot go wrong with the SE. But, definitely look into the GLI, If you are going to go for upgrade, then opt for this trim. Otherwise, the SE offers a great balance in features. Loaded for the price. The SEL was going to set me back about $70 more a month, so does that justify the few extra features? No, not really. The push button and nav are not a deal breaker. Why do I have my fancy Iphone 4?
I thought about black! It would look great with tinted windows. If your wanting black, then the Jetta looks really dark. Remember that it will need forever washing. The only color I see them having a hard time getting would be the Red or White Gold. But, do not see them putting any more of a price tag on though. It is just harder to get. Black and Red most likely come with cornsilk interior, it does look very classy! In my opinion a class up from the black interior. But, can't go wrong either way.