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Volkswagen Jetta 2005 and earlier



  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    "... is also 8000 times more fun for me than the 2002 325Ci with sport suspension, too. it actually requires some skillfull driving....the flat cornering cars take out too much of the fun factor."

    Then you must really like the Chevy Malibu!
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    "...take the Jetta any day and twice on Sunday over the Prelude's low seating position, cheap interior and bland styling. But that's just me..."

    It sure is. I find the current Jetta styling VERY bland compared to our 1996. It just blends in with all the other jellybeans.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    "Come on. It was sarcastic: slaughtering a Prelude and out-cornering everything on the plant"

    Please tell that he didn't believe you. C'mon!
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    Actually, the Buick Le Sabre is my car of choice for leaning through corners. I like to take the corners so fast in the Le Sabre that the wire hubcabs scrape the pavement and the Uniroyals are ready to dis-mount themselves from the steel wheels. Another great cornering vehicle is the old body style Ford F350 super duty turbo diesel dually. Those dual wheels in the back really help the grip and the diesel has excellent torque to pull you out of the corners. I tell ya, in the real world, I can go around ANY corner in the F350 just as fast as any other car out there. I used to do it every day when I worked at the Ford dealer.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I will take on Blueguy's Astro van ANY day of the week.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    #5985 of 6005 vcjumper by blueguydotcom
    "Is it RWD? oops. LOL. I've never driven one. Never driven any minivan for that matter. Aren't most FWD now?"

    That is the trouble today, not enough RWD cars.

    About the only affordable ones left are Camaros, Mustangs, and Miatas.

    I long for the days of the Cordoba, Magnum, Thunderbird, Capri, Lemans, Nova, etc.

    Why can't they take all the knowledge they have today, and use it to make a fun, AFFORDABLE, 2 door, rear wheel drive car?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Most people prefer FWD for its efficient use of space, better traction, and handling. Those who don't know about how a RWD car handles don't really care which wheels drive it. I never knew the difference between the two until I gave my co-worker's 2000 323i a workout. What a sweet ride! :)
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    Then you folks will LOVE

    look under "reviews" or "one liners".


  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    turbo+4 cylinders =
    6 cyl power with less fuel consumption than 6 cyl

    Apparently you've haven't seen the fuel economy of the WRX.

    turbo + 4 cylinder = 6 cyl power with fuel consumption of a 6 cyl
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    It was one week yesterday that they had the car, no calls or anything. I don't know what's going on, but I am about to call now about it.

    I wish VW would get off the pot. But after all the trouble I have had with this car, I don't want to chance another one. They can keep them.

    Interestingly, I talked to someone on AOL the other night who has a 2000 GLX. He said it has 16K on it, and it's been in the shop like 20 times already. He said the AC went up, the tranny died, the wheel bearing went bad, etc. I felt really bad for him, but I was then glad that my only problems were rattles. Luck counts when buying a car though. There are good and bad cars of all kinds.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    But the WRX has the power of an 8 cylinder engine with the fuel economy of a 6, if you really think about it.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    Anyone know of a source for axle beam bushings for a 1996 Jetta GL? Preferably urethane, performance type.

    Also, how to do it?
    Our local shop says they can mount the part, but don't have a machine to press out the old bushing and the new one in.

    Anyone else have this problem? It causes a BIG BIG clunking over bumps, even with new struts.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    #6009 of 6014 RWD... by vocus

    "Most people prefer FWD for its efficient use of space"

    I prefer more room in the engine compartment myself.

    "..., better traction, and handling."

    Huh???? THOSE are EXACTLY the reasons I'd prefer the RWD!!!!!!

    " Those who don't know about how a RWD car handles don't really care which wheels drive it."

    Probably true, unfortunately.

    " I never knew the difference between the two until I gave my co-worker's 2000 323i a workout. What a sweet ride! :) "

    My 1978 Dodge Magnum had a 318, and probably made 150 HP new, 120 when I sold it, and got maybe 17MPG. But, it rode nice, and was sure fun to power through the corners! Eventually, rust did it in. I bought a 1985 Corolla as a replacement. Much different experience.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    is 'safer' for street driving because of its tendency to understeer when pressed, which is much easier to correct than an oversteer from a RWD car. Understeer is also more desirable in wet conditions (again ease of recovery), hence FWD is preferred.

    but in terms of pure performance handling and fun factor, FWD is BAD, and RWD reigns supreme....
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    Nobody has mentioned that FWD cars are cheaper to manufacture. I'm sure that is a HUGE reason for the abundance of FWD cars.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    Yes, but note from my original posting:

    "Why can't they take all the knowledge they have today, and use it to make a fun, AFFORDABLE, 2 door, rear wheel drive car?"

    Emphasis on the AFFORDABLE was in the original. Why must we suffer?
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I think right now, the car that fills that bill is the Miata. I see what you are saying though. Every car I've owned (except for the Mustang) I wished were RWD. I thought my Integra would be absolutely awesome were it RWD. I wish my Protege ES was RWD with 50 more hp. Mazda could build in on a stretched Miata chassis. That would be one pimpin' little 4 door that even less people would buy. ;0
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I wrote a certified letter to VWoA and sent it Friday, talked to them about the car, and have been talking with the dealership about it as well. They said today they still have NOT found out what's making the noise in the rear of my car though, and do not know when it will be done.

    I talked to a lawyer today on the phone, and he said he didn't really need to get involved at this point, because I did everything that he would have done already. He did tell me to feel free to call him back if I needed him though.

    I hope this is resolved, and they buy my car back. I know everyone gets tired of my rantings on this board, but put yourself in this position. I am sure everyone (or almost everyone) would feel the same way if they were making a payment on a 7-month old car that sits in the shop more than it sits in front of their own house.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    i hate to sound "cold", but jeez, do you realize that you are assigning all of your issues and problems to a car? a car that runs and performs fine. a car that, yes, has a RATTLE or three.

    i know in here, with all of these whiners and complainers, you are getting loads of sympathy. but in the real world, i think people would think you are indeed making this way too hard on yourself..
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Actually, you couldn't be more wrong. Everyone that I have talked to about this totally agrees with me. Even the lawyer I spoke with (and yes, I did tell him what was wrong with the car). And we will see if VWoA agrees or not.

    Also, I am not making it hard on myself at all. I am trying to get what is pretty much due to me as a consumer.

    If anyone thinks this is whining, then that's their opinion. And opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    "but in the real world"

    He actually means Planet Justin, not the real world. Justin seems to offer a lot of advice regarding the "real world". Justin's reality isn't necessarily everyone else's reality though. Just my 2 cents.
  • drivinisfundrivinisfun Posts: 372
    Vocus, if VWOA accepts to buy your car back, do not expect a full refund offer at first. I think that if they agree to get your car back, they will swap you for another VW model....think about if this is what you actually want to do in case they comeback with that kind of offer.

    Be prepared also to have mileage deducted from the final settlement. Depending upon state law, the manufacturer can deduct mileage in the order of $.20 to $.30 per mile. The clincher here is to make sure they deduct mileage below the first reported dealer visit. For this reason it is crucial that you keep all your paperwork in order and up to date.

    If VWOA in the end refuses to buy back or swap the car, then you need to get rid of it and take a hit on a trade in. Again, let this be a valuable lesson to you. Just think all the money you have spent alone in cars. Also realize that money could have been better invested into savings, CDs, bonds, etc.

    You are very young. Start saving for your retirement NOW, not when you are 65.

    Best of luck.
  • bpibpi Posts: 120
    "If VWOA in the end refuses to buy back or swap the car, then you need to get rid of it and take a hit on a trade in."

    Why does he need to get rid of it, especially if wasting money is a main issue? OTOH, I have no first-hand knowledge of how unbearable the rattles are. Without dumping additional money in, he'll be driving a $15K car. I'll take a "loaded" Jetta with 15K miles and 2-3 rattles over a new $15K car.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    There is no way I am going to trade the car in and take a hit on it. That's not an option right now. If they don't give me another car or a full refund (I would rather have a refund), then I will have to keep it. But at that point, I would get my lawyer involved.

    And with the mileage, these problems started at ~4500 miles. I have EVERY piece of paper from this car since the day I bought it, and have made copies for VWoA. I sent that letter before. I have opened a case with them back in April about this car.

    The dealer called me today and told me that they found the thing making the noise in the back (finally). Figures, they slam the barn door shut after the horse ran out already. Too little, too late.
  • drivinisfundrivinisfun Posts: 372
    It is just the way these cars are made. Poor assembly I think is partly to blame. Questionnable design and fit of interior trim pieces is perhaps what makes up the other half. Poor assembly is easier to correct than cost cutting and design issues.

    If in the end VW refuses to buyback the car, get rid of it. You'll never be happy with the thing. Once you hate a car is very difficult if not impossible to regain trust in it again. It is not worth it.

    I hope your lawyer makes a good Lemon case. Since rattles are merely annoyances (But not safety issues) don't expect an easy resolution to this. Your best argument is to say that the rattles dimish the value of the car to would be buyers of your Jetta. If you present the rattles as a safety related issue, then expect to have the suit flushed quicker than a running toilet.

    If I were you I would no again for another VW. But if you must, pick a Passat by all means.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I drove all of the VWs as loaner cars, and I found the Jetta to be the most comfortable. I would definitely have to get another Jetta because it's the only one I like.

    And as far as assembly quality, someone in the Protege forum used to work on the port in Ca. where the VWs come in. He said 38% of them had assembly defects when arriving, the most popular being broken/missing dashboard clips (one of the problems with my car). I find this astounding.

    I definitely will go for the value thing (I was going to anyway) in the case. Who in their right mind would buy a used car if they found out in was in the shop 8 times in 7 months? Not me.

    Also, if they do not buy it back, I will get rid of it sooner or later. I would try to sell it privately first though, because I would get the most money for it that way. But this would be a little down the road, like I said.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    i hear what you are saying. but no matter how many people agree with you, no matter what you think too, are you HAPPY RIGHT NOW? HAVE YOU BEEN HAPPY RECENTLY? based on your posts, i would say NO.

    here on Planet Justin (otherwise known as Prima Donna as someone said), your happiness should come above all else. :)
  • drivinisfundrivinisfun Posts: 372
    Planet Justin?

    Planet Jetta?

    Beam me up, Dr, Piech!
  • bpibpi Posts: 120
    Is vocus unhappy because his Jetta is a POS?
    Or is he unhappy because he incorrectly thinks his Jetta is a POS?

    So should he get rid of his Jetta so he can be happy again?
    Or should he keep the Jetta, get on Planet Justin and be happy again?
  • hoodornamenthoodornament Posts: 114
    And on this planet are there atleast Passats, GTI's, and soon to be Phaetons ?? hahahahahah

    Vocus, what the hay, get as much as you can, not to mention have you ever wondering how many times the dealer mechanics ripped apart your dashboard, interior door panels, etc just to find this rattle? They probably CAUSED one or two of them .... hmmmmmmmmm, a previous poster had a good point though, wouldnt you rather drive a "nice" Jetta with a few rattles and creaks than a 15k new car? Drive with the radio on ?
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