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Volkswagen Jetta 2006+



  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Yeah, I do not understand their campaign that refers to 4* rating. However, I would give far more weight to the great rating by IIHS on their much tougher front and side crash tests.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,744
    I believe their campaign refers to the IIHS tests in which they scored "Good" (the best result) in side impact and offset crash testing.

    The 4 star rating is based on the NHTSA frontal impact test. The Jetta got 5 stars in the side impact test.

    The IISH is more realistic because NHTSA tests for direct full frontal crashes whereas the IIHS tests for frontal offset crashes.
  • shopgirl5shopgirl5 Posts: 7
    in so. cal, inventory levels of 2006 models seem very low, at most 5 cars listed in stock and most of the time its in the colors that I don't want. does anyone know how often the supply is replenished?
  • heel2toeheel2toe Posts: 149
    It's probably regional -- with the exception of the TDI automatics (DSG), pretty much every Jetta model is available in big quantities here in Texas.
  • shopgirl5shopgirl5 Posts: 7
    How is the acceleration on the VE? and real mpg? reason being that I'm from L.A. and acceleration is important especially when driving on the freeways here, i don't want to be a turtle. And does anyone know what PZEV is? what's the diff besides $?
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    VE is same engine and trans as "normal" 2.5. Acceleration is adequate for us. The reported 0-60 time is around 9.3 sec., IIRC.

    We have gotten 24-27 mpg in mixed driving. We got about 31 mpg on a 2000 mile mostly freeway trip at 70-80 mph. CR got 17/34/24 mpg for city/highway/mixed.

    I beleieve that PZEV = partial zero emission vehicle.
  • Hello...I'm in the market for a new '06 Jetta, but I'm having trouble determing which model to go with - the GLI or 2.0T. I don't see much of a different between the two vehicles other than a slight different in MSRP, front grill, and some other minor options which come standard on each vehicle. So beyond that, is there any difference? I know they're essentially identical cars, but I would like some sort of breakdown as to the pros and cons of each before I buy. Any help you guys can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  • heel2toeheel2toe Posts: 149
    Based on a few test-drives of both the 2.0T and the GLI, I'd say the GLI suspension is definitely stiffer. The GLI sport seats are very different too, and in America, the cloth seats don't have the super-aggressive bolstering found on the leather model. On DSG-equipped cars the GLI should have the paddle-shifters.

    There are a few other changes, but you should probably drive the cars and see what you like.
  • beth1323beth1323 Posts: 1
    I'm thinking of purchasing a 2006 Jetta 2.5 but I keep reading reviews on the poor reliability of them. I know VW has had trouble in the past but I'm hoping they have corrected them. Any thoughts or suggestions?
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282

    There are still some issues with the New Jetta. But, all cars have their issues. Go back in this thread and it will give you a good run down of problems people are experiencing with these jettas.
  • 2460124601 Posts: 8
    I leased a 2006 Jetta 2.5 Automatic last December. I currently have 8500 miles on it. The only issues I have had is that one of the keyless entry remotes stopped unlocking the doors. It will lock the doors and open the trunk but will not unlock. I have noticed the speakers will somtimes rattle a little, even when the stereo isn't on. I get about 24 mpg 50% freeway/50% city. On long trips I get about 29mpg doing 75 mph. I did my own oil change at 5000 miles. Used Castrol Syntec 5W-40, purchased it at Autozone for $5.49/quart. So far no other issues. Tire tread is still very good. I really like the car. If only it had a little more power it would be almost perfect.
  • tko1965tko1965 Posts: 4
    I recently purchased a '06 Jetta 2.5 which I am having a ball driving. Anyway, my problem is the driver's seat causes me a great deal of uncomfort. There seems to be a metal bar located at the back of the seat cushion, not exactly in the seat but just behind. When I drive for any length of time my rear end begins hurt around where this bar is located. The soreness will last all day. I am a bulky muscular type guy, so I've been thinking maybe I am too big for the seat which is rather small. Soon I have to drive 600 miles and, at this time, I am dreading it. The dealer told me it is just the way the seat is designed. I have tried every seat position, no luck. Now I have a towel stuffed between the seat and back. It helps a little but not by much. Has anyone else noticed this problem? I hate to get rid of this car because I am just too big for it. I really like the way it drive. I guess the test drive was too short because I had no problems then. Any recommended solutions?
  • cosmocosmo Posts: 203
    You stated that you have tried every seat position. Does that include trying various adjustments of the lumbar support? The "bar" you describe may be the lumbar support set to maximum support.
  • manywvsmanywvs Posts: 1
    According to the 2006 VW Owner's Manual the owner should receive 2 master keys, a valet key and a key tag. I did not receive a key tag. Have they stopped issuing key tags?
  • I bought a Toyota thinking that the car could be driven for years but that did not happen.
    I am considering the Jetta or the Mazda 3. The Mazda dealership would not deal on it and blew me off and said wait for the 2007 model. Also, they talk about good reliability but a bought a toyota and had problems (many major).
    I want to know if the new Jetta has improved with reliability and if there are problems/recalls with the car please be honest and tell me.
    I don't want to make the same mistake twice.
    (Also my moms Mercedes-Benz has no problems with it so maybe that reliability is not really true and it is just the luck of the draw when buying a car now)
    I am planning to go to the dealership tomorrow to MAYBE buy the car.
    please write back soon!!!!
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Reading this forum will provide a good overview of the problems and issues people are having with the new Jetta!
  • mitchcmitchc Posts: 39
    I also had a problem with my key fob not working within a couple of months of buying the car. It worked only on certain functions. I diagnosed the battery as being dead, but because of the design, the owner can't change the battery. Had to take it to the dealer who replaced the battery and performed a full check. Suspect you have the same problem. This is common on any kind of remote with a low battery charge - some functions work while others don't.
  • mitchcmitchc Posts: 39
    If reliability is your major criteria, you need to look for a consumer reports recommended car. If toyota is off your list, then try Honda, Acura or even Lexus. Although I own a VW and have owned BMW, Lexus, Toyota, Honda, Acura, Chevy & Volvo - my experience with german cars are reliable power trains but "little things" break. Ironically, the only new car I ever had a major problem with was a Toyota 4runner. Once the problem was fixed, however, the car gave years of reliable service.

    I believe reliability has more to do with your odds of ending up with a lemon rather than every car or model from that manufacturer having a problem. A problem car is more likely with a VW than with a toyota. That said, they all produce lemon cars. Recent studies have shown that the reliability of the worst brand is now exceeding that of some of the best cars 10-20 years ago. If you're completely "risk-averse" or "gun shy", stick with the first two brands (Honda & Toyota). I personally was not willing to give up so much driving pleasure, and after years of boring driving have switched to the "less reliable" brands.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I believe reliability has more to do with your odds of ending up with a lemon rather than every car or model from that manufacturer having a problem.

    I look at this the same way. Odds of having few problems have been greater with Honotas. But you could still get one with problems. Then you have a car you don't like and "reliability" problems as well.

    The way I look at it is I would rather buy a car I like, since that is a sure thing.
  • 2460124601 Posts: 8
    I was just wondering if anyone has found a way to pause the CD with the 6-disc CD MP3 player in the 2006 2.5 model? To stop/pause a CD I have to push the power button and then turn it all the way off. When i turn the volume all the way off it just mutes it and still plays the CD. Weird. Is there a secret pause button?
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