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2011 Volkswagen Jetta

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  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Wow!! I am so impressed with this car! It handled so well out on the open road! Just when I thought on the hilly parts of the drive it would up shift and it did NOT have to pretty much at all. It was so strong and smooth when it did have to upshift that you barely noticed. I know it is part of the 6pd auto and the 5cyl engine. My G6 4cyl 4spd would be abruptly shifting and lacked power. Felt really strained. This car felt strong all the way, it seemed powerful. Plus, the option to put it in S mode and manual mode assisted in quick maneuvers which my G6 did not have.

    The engine and the car felt solid! The steering is gets tight when at higher speeds. Which I am not sure thats really good, but keeps it solid. Suspension is tight and forgiving. I could see myself easily venturing up to over 80 if I wasnt carefully watching. Which my G6 wasn't like. Also, you barely hear or feel the engine at all.

    The seats were a bit tough though> Our rears were hurting by the end of the 14hr trip.

    I am very impressed! Love it! Great choice for me. Felt good to have the roof open and safe in a nice car.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Update: 2011 Jetta SE.
    I am very impressed with my Jetta! I love it! The engine is so smooth and it handles so well. I look down and I am speeding sometimes! This never happened in my G6. I am loving the white gold paint. It is constantly changing. I think it looks like one of the better colors for this car!

    I have nearly 6,200 miles already! That is from going to FL mostly. It handles so well out on the interstate and rarely upshifted and if it did then you could hardly tell. The cabin is quiet and the car feels solid. I really enjoy the interior with the cornsilk! It looks better than the black! It has a more upscale look. Although, I do agree that VW made a bad move on cheapening the few areas of plastic. This was not neccessary! They even got rid of the VW icons within the head lights! :) The door handles could have been a little better! Oh well! Its all about the look I guess, rather than the feel.

    I do love the stereo system, but they did get rid of speakers too! The rear tweeters are gone, they look like they exist(even on the SEL), but gone. The previous model has 2 speakers in the front doors and the separate tweeter, now there is just the 1 speaker and tweeter. Not a huge deal, but again, why are we doing the cost cutting in areas where quality mattered? It still sounds awesome though! Alert! My stereo did have a WHITE SCREEN on Monday and I immediately showed my dealer. Apparently others have had cases like this. It is back to normal now, but this was odd and annoying! (RCD-510)touch screen.

    Gas mileage seems to be pretty good, though I haven't really checked it officially. I am really liking my Jetta! Great choice for me and my family when they are with me! Lots of rear space!

    I do think VW could have taken it easy on the cheapening! I still believe consumers would have paid the premium for the car. You can't mess with the soul of VW. They are almost doing this if they are not careful though.

    If you are looking for the 2011 Jetta! You will love it! A nice well rounded car, that still has bang for the buck! Especially the SE. However, we bought out our 2008 Jetta SE!! We love it!! VW family!
  • samm43samm43 Posts: 195
    If you would like to know real world mileage just keep track of the figures and I will do the math for you here if you'd like.

    All you need to do is:
    - when refueling, reset one of the odometer trip meters and keep it dedicated till the next time you refuel.
    - so on next refuel, simply mark down that odometer reading, and gallons you added (include 2 decimal places) then reset it again for next fueling.

    Each time you reset the trip meter, mark down the reading and how many gallons you added at that time. Hopefully the gas nozzle trips off at the same point when refueling, as some cars react to different pumps differently. I have had cars that up to 3 gallons (yes, THREE!) could be added after the first nozzle trip off. If you always refuel at the same station and pump, that helps because also the ground is the same level of grade or flat. One thing I would not do however is continue to trip the nozzle over and over for quick spurts as you do not want to overfill and risk contaminating the charcoal vent filter. When I refuel I try to listen to it. You can usually hear when the gas is getting closer to the downpipe because the sound changes. At that point I simply slow down the flow and that way you can get a more consistent shut off point without overfilling. If you refuel often from only a half tank or less, then these measure will naturally be more significant in getting an actual true reading. Keep in mind that if you keep track of all your records, you could check mileage on a monthly or even yearly basis if desired. Then you can see the difference cold weather or A/C weather makes.

    I know, too much information right? If so, just go back to the first two steps and ignore the rest. It will make sense the more you do it. ;)

    Sam
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    I might just do that! Thank you! This information is very helpful! I just do know that I don't have to fill up as much as my 08 G6 4cyl. This engine is so much more efficient and powerful.

    I am just amazing on how similar the engine specs are in terms of HP and torque and yet the VW feels night and day stronger and refined. You would think the numbers would be different.

    The stereo screen has not turned white since monday. That is good.
  • mariobgoodemariobgoode Posts: 114
    Just got my '11 Jetta TDI in red (after 5 months) and was looking for the temp gauge like you did. When you turn on the engine, the readout is there, but after a few minutes, the display changes to something else, like mpg, etc. To get the temp button at that point, there's a RESET button on the underside of the wiper control lever. Press that button once AND either the top or bottom of the end of that lever, until you see the temp display. If you can't get it this way, read the owner's manual for directions. Good luck.

    I found that if I stay between 55 and 60 mph and avoid sudden starts or stops, I can get about 60 mpg and approx 700 miles per tank. I drive a stick, so that may or may not influence my results.
  • pacs1pacs1 Posts: 2
    Got Jetta S today at Sunnyvale VW. Paid 15,700 $ (+ Tax + Title)
    The car is little sluggish when AC is on, but manageable.
    It's a good car for the money I paid.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
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  • luisdiazluisdiaz Posts: 2
    Just bought a new jetta 2011 se with less than 250 miles car pulling hard right, dealer did an alignment and tire rotation which is crazy for a new car problem not fixed have gone to dealer 3 times in total, they say nothing they can do they blame it on front wheel drive and city streets. I'm left with a $24,poo loan purchase and $400 payment for a car that will wear it's tires every 6 months. I HAVE FILED FOR LEMON LAW PROTECTION WITH VOLKSWAGEN. Other people have driven my car and say my car can jump. 3 lanes on expressway right without having to turn steering wheel to the right to exit expressway. I have tested the demo at the dealer and it also pulls right salesman was not aware because he says he does not drive demo only potential buyers he said he was going to take in for alignment. This problem might cause for a recall on all 2011 jetted. I rather pay Volkswagen $1,000 to take it back than keep it drifting right. I have had 17 cars some new and some used and never have had a problem like this on a brand new car. Next step will be to get the state arbitration defected auto dept. Involved if volkswagen does not fix or take back the car
  • mariobgoodemariobgoode Posts: 114
    Contact the Natl Transportation Safety Board and see if they have received complaints similar to your. Check with your state's Attorney General and ask if they can help you resolve the problem with VW.

    Did not have that same problem with mine. I've driven it 1,200 miles already. Works like a charm.

    Good luck.
  • lahilanilahilani Posts: 1
    Thanks for your post, pacs1!

    I'm also in the South Bay and looking into getting a 2011 VW Jetta S. I've been driving a Honda Civic for the past 10 years and even considering getting another...
    But after hearing the outrageous asking prices and seeing the lack of bargaining that can be done for the new Civics (strange to say that considering the price ranges for the two car models have always been reversed), I'm now looking into other options.

    I'm still learning about the Jetta and which amenities are generally installed beyond the "base" model. Would you be able to share a liitle about what came with the car (e.g. AM/FM stereo/CD player, heated seats, etc.)?

    Thanks!
  • al63017al63017 Posts: 149
    Fred's TDI forum for VW TDI has one 11 Jetta story and VW of America replaced the car with zero hassle according to the story. Just tell the dealer you want another car you are not stuck with anything and should not have to go through the lemon law mess. VW of America is making amazing efforts to keep VW owners satisfied. I had a recall on my 11 TDI no big deal Cruze by chevy just recalled 170,000 they all get recalls and VW send me a 50.00 Visa Cash Card for the inconvenience. 1 month after buying my Jetta VW sent me a gift card for Starbucks. Never had any car company give me anything. My TDI has 6000 miles and it is flawless, well other than the recall, but that just seems normal for all cars these days. Had Honda Accords for years and they had recalls.
  • My Jetta has stalled on me twice, while the vehicle was still in motion. Power just died. Not a warning. The dealership has not changed a thing. I've asked for a replacement and they declined. The tell me the car is fine, same thing as they told me the first check. They are holding out until it happens again. Even if it means that I may be involved in an accident.
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    Before you exhaust yourself persuing a legal remedy, you might want to take it to an independent alignment shop and have them take a look at it. It'd be worth $60 or whatever to perhaps put this issue behind you. Good luck -- I'd be frustrated too. :(
  • pacs1pacs1 Posts: 2
    Hi lahilani,

    The car I got from VW Sunnyvale had nothing extra. It was stock Jetta S (with automatic transmission). You can compare what's in the trim at following.

    http://www.vw.com/en/models/jetta/trims-specs.html

    I liked the fact that even the lowest trim had all the safety feature I was looking for.
  • snoopywgsnoopywg Posts: 2
    edited May 2011
    I'm shopping for a 2011 Jetta SportWagen SE on the internet and think I've found a good deal from a dealer willing to bring the car in from another state. But the dealer isn't the one I would be using for service (they're about an hour away and there is one about 10 mins away). Are all VW dealers required to honor the Carefree Maintenance Program even if I didn't purchase the vehicle there? Do you think this will be a problem for either dealer?

    Thanks.
  • mariobgoodemariobgoode Posts: 114
    Never had any problem taking my VW to another dealer and requesting warranty service. For that matter, other car brands, as well. The deal is with the carmaker, not the individual dealer. Good luck.
  • fho2008fho2008 Posts: 393
    They bring it in from out of state, so what? You will be BUYING the car from your dealer, and they will service it dor you.
  • snoopywgsnoopywg Posts: 2
    Actually, I would be buying from a dealer in-state, but not the dealer I would be getting the service from. The selling dealer is over an hour away from me...

    But I did get my answer: the 90-day Courtesy Inspection would have to be done at the selling dealer, the rest of the Carefree Maint. can be done at any VW dealership in the US.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    I am still wondering about the 10,000 mile interval for oil changes. It seems so far apart. For me, this mean I havent changed it yet. I have had it for 6 months and have about 7,200 miles on it. Went through winter, road trip to florida. I feel that the oil needs changed. But, at way over $100 to get the oil changed and rotation.
    $25 just to rotate. Which I need to get done soon!!! I lease my car, but still feel obligated to take care of it.

    I will probably wait for 10k, but rotations at every 10k is a long time! $25 is robbery too though...lol. I'll pay it, its worth it for your tires.
  • fho2008fho2008 Posts: 393
    As long as you do the maintenance as scheduled you should be ok.

    I remember changing oil every 3k, then with synthetic going to 5k I was worried at first but the synthetic at 5k was cleaner than regular oil at 3k!
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
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  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    My horn does not work! :) I am not sure what happened. Though, today I honked my horn because someone did pull out in front of me. Then, when trying to lock the car, the horn did not beep.

    Any reason why this would happen? lol
  • fho2008fho2008 Posts: 393
    If youre under warranty have em fix it.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Yes, I am not worried about that. It is scheduled to have the oil changed on Tuesday. I will mention the recall that is currently out for my car too. It could be related to why this is happening.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    The ONLY time my horn ever gets used is during the annual state inspection. There are hardly any other cars on the road in Vermont to beep at - LOL
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    haha! Yeah, I bet.

    Update: The recall was the culprit to the horn not working correctly. It all relates to the wiring harness. The recall was fixed! It took them several hours to get it done. If you have this recall then I would go in and have them update your car so that this doesn't affect you.

    I am all good to go.

    I have been very happy with my car! Now my horn works! lol
  • I am having the same issues with my 2011 Jetta SE. My car is pulling to the right and I noticed it within the first five days of purchasing the call. It's now been seen by the dealer twice: The first time they did an alighment, which did not fix the problem. The second time, they put on different tires and it did not work. The service guys do not see the problem. They say it meets all their specs. My sales guy drove the car and he agrees with me that there is a major pull to the right, which should not be there. The GM at my dealership stopped returning my cars. Called VW of America and start a claim number to have a District guy look at the car. The dealer's head service guy is now involved and they are going to have the District guy and a enginer from VW look at the car. I think there is a problem with the stearing that VW is not telling the public. I want my car fixed or replaced. What is going on with your car. - Daniel
  • My 2011 VW Jetta SE did the same exact thing, but my car was pulling to the left. I really noticed the car pulling when I went over 50 to 60mph and the steering wheel vibrated, as well. . I, also thought it was the alignment. However, it was the rear axle beam that needed replacing. I have had my car for less than a month. I suggest you having the dealer look @ the axle. I hope this helps.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Update: My horn does not work again. I am not sure what happened.

    Taking it back in soon!

    lol...wow! Oh well. Like my dealer said its all under warranty, but I have little time to leave my car there. At least it is the horn. :) Hopefully, it stays that way.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    I drove a 2011 Jetta TDI twice in January and liked it a lot--just decided something else would work better so I bought something else. That being said, we're starting to think about buying a car in the Spring for my daughter who turns 16 next year. I think the Jetta SE is high on our list. We like the way it looks, it has good safety scores and the 3 years of free maintenance is one less thing to worry about. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to see how they seem to be working out for you all.
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