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2009 Volkswagen Jetta

I want to buy a new (or certified 2008 used) Jetta SE or Wolfsburg soon. I am trying to research the 2009 Jetta, to see if I should wait another few weeks and buy that model instead.

I'm trying to research the 2009 models, but have had a hard time finding solid info online. Does anyone know if the 2009 Jetta SE or Wolfsburg will be different in any way from the 2008 models? From what I've gathered, they sound exactly the same. Has anyone seen a 2009 model?



  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,951
    From what I've gathered, there are few if any differences in the car but the bumper to bumper warranty is being reduced to 3 years vs. 4.
  • Wow, if that's the case, perhaps it's best to buy a certified used 2008 Jetta SE/Wolfsburg, that way I get the original factory of 4 years (less the time/mileage already accrued by the car), plus the 2 year/24k certified used warranty on top of it.
  • ndmike88ndmike88 Posts: 155
    If the B to B is being reduced from 4 years to 3 years I'm glad I bought several weeks ago. ;)
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,951
    My understanding is that VW will provide all routine scheduled maintenance for the 3 year warranty period like oil changes, rotations etc. So you have to kind of weigh the extra year of warranty vs. saving a few hundred in service. The almost new certified used is actually not a bad way to go either.
  • ndmike88ndmike88 Posts: 155
    I'd rather pay for the routine stuff and carry the extra year of protection.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,951
    I guess you could take the money saved on routine maint and apply it towards an extended warranty which isn't a bad thing to have with a Jetta it appears.
  • I'm factoring in the extra year of BtoB (with the 2008) vs. the routine maintenance (2009). But how about the future resale value?

    If I buy the 2009 over the 2008, what is the resale value of selling the car that's a more recent model year? So in 2011, how much is the 2008 Jetta WE worth vs. the 2009 version?
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,951
    Well in 2011 the 2008 would still have a year of b/b factory warranty left. But I think it's pretty much like buying any other much better deal can you get on the 08? From what I've seen the Jetta holds value pretty well so two cars in excellent shape 3 years down the road probably won't be more than $1000-1500 different. If you can an additional $1000-$1500 off on the 08 than you can on the 09 I would say it would be a pretty good deal.

    I'm not familar with the exact differences between the 08 and 09 Jetta SE. Is there any equipment advantage there?
  • I have a 2007 Rabbit with the 4 year warranty. The owner manual says maintenance every 10,000 miles, but the dealers always insist on every 5,000 miles. I would be interested to find out if those same dealers will continue to insist on 5,000 mile maintenance when the car owner will not have to pay for it. My thinking is is that they will start to follow the owners manual recommendations.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,951
    Oh, they'll probably try to talk you into paying every other oil change at 5000.... "just to be on the safe side". ;)
  • Folks,
    I am planning to trade in my old 2000 Corolla to get a new Jetta SE. I had ZERO issues with my Corolla for last 9 years and maintained it very well.

    I am wondering if buy Jetta, what would be my experience of maintaining Jetta? This is going to be my 1st VW.

  • I have 2001 Civic and barely have any problem. I have test driven a Jetta 09 SE yesterday. I like the car and the price, but not sure about the size of backseat and the maintainance cost. Anybody have any insight to share? :)
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I believe VW is including free maintenance for 36 mo./36K mi. with the 2009 models.
  • I am completely torn which Jetta to pick. I currently drive a car with a manual transmission but sitting in traffic every day takes the fun out of it. So for the Jettas, I like the 2.0l automatic transmissions (switches gears much nicer) much better than the 2.5l. However if I buy a manual 2.5l I could get the best price and switch gears myself. But looking at the gas mileage, the TDI is best. Cost is an issue, but obviously not my main concern. I just wanna make the right decision and not regret it in 5 years. Any advice?
  • ndmike88ndmike88 Posts: 155
    Go with the TDI with the auto. It will last you a heck of a lot longer than the 2.5. Plus you get the $1,350 tax credit.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Bluetooth is now going to be available. It's a factory installed option. It might be like the Skoda unit or it might just be a factory installed volk-l.
  • I just got a new 09 Jetta with the iPod port in the center armrest. According to the owners manual the car is compatible with the iPod 60GB and iPod 160GB (both version "6.0"), but I have a new iPod 120GB which is a version "6.5". Other iPods will work in this car but it doesn't recognize mine. I'm trying through VW and the dealer to find a VW software upgrade. Help!
  • mcdolemcdole Posts: 3
    I have 9500 miles on it and have had 5 incidents of hesitation pulling out in a hurry. Have gas pedal pushed down but nothing happens for a second or two. Anyone else experience this problem? I'm taking to dealer next week and I'm sure they never heard of any VW doing that!!!
  • doug_mcdoug_mc Posts: 2
    We test drove a 2009 Jetta S with the 5 Cyl & Auto. Acceleration from stop was non linear. Is that normal? By non-linear I mean that the ability to make a smooth constant acceleration from stop was not possible. The car moved forward but seemed to have an elastic band holing it back in 1st gear. It rapidly switched to 2nd gear and then there was some acceleration. Is that normal for this car?

    What do owners experience?
  • dvsgelatindvsgelatin Posts: 2
    I bought an '09 Jetta S w/5 Cyl & Auto a few weeks ago and I have the same acceleration issue. I just assumed it was normal for this car. It is kind of weird to get used to actually. My wife's 2009 CR-V seems to have much more get-up-and-go than this Jetta. Once you get up to speed it rides very nicely, but initial acceleration from an idle is exactly how you described it.

    I also am having a loud squeal when I brake and I was told "the brakes on a vw are vented rotors, no squeak or rust prevention can be used on them or it wont vent the heat of the brakes properly. The noise you hear is surface rust being removed from the rotor."

    I wonder if other people have had this issue and if this is a legit explanation.
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