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Volkswagen Jetta 2006+



  • VW is in dire straits, and I couldn't be happier.

    Not sure why it would make you happy to see VW in dire straits, but I don't want to go there, because it seems awfully personal. I have always been able to work out any problems I've had with manufacturers in a mature and professional way, so emotional statements like this typically raise red flags with me. But that's just me, of course...

    Then again, VW is pretty much the opposite of being in dire straits. Stock prices are up 54% for the year, and no one less than Porsche just announced they are buying 20% of common shares in VW. The Golf/GTI is selling like hot cakes, so much so that the introduction of certain drive train combinations is delayed in the US because of the strong world wide demand. I guess all those tens of millions of Europeans who buy VWs are either delusional, or simply don't know any better.

    Sure, tendency over the past few years has been that there are somewhat more reliable cars available in the US market. But are there many competitors that offer the balance of safety, comfort, design, and performance at the price VW does? Not many, in my view. To some people, going to the dealer for a repair (even if under warranty) once more per year or per two years than with another manufacturer is a big deal. To others, it is just a percentage difference that is more than balanced by other things VW has to offer. Again, reliability is just one out of many parts of the equation for car buyers, and for many, the statistical differences published (not anecdotal information) concerning VW are not enough to scare them away.
  • I have a 2006 Jetta TDI that I've owned for about 3 weeks now. I love it, but have a question. I have the 5-speed, and notice a underlying low frequency hummmmm very briefly when engine is cold, am turning the wheel and just starting out from 1st or reverse. It only happens when cold and in lower gears. Other than that, I LOVE my car. Has anyone heard about this condition? It isn't related to the engine noise itself( ie noise is independant from the sound of engine noise)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    Well said. Having owned a 2001 and 2004 Golf, I agree that the standard fit and finish, materials, ergonomics, and standard safety equipment go far beyond what you kind find at that price point or, indeed, a few price points higher.
  • - Engine noise after a cold engine start- first 10 seconds is annoying

    I started using 89 octane for several days and the problem went away.
  • Bob,

    From your description, it sounds like I have a similar 'moan' from my steering when turning at low speeds in my '06 2.5. I first heard driving out of the lot when I took delivery! I called several dealer service departments, and finally someone had dealt with this. Apparently, there is an incorrect viscosity gear oil in the front diff or transmission. This dealer had a car with the same problem, swapped out the oil with the correct viscosity, and problem solved. There's supposed to be a TSB from VW forthcoming.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Edmunds undertakes a long term test of a 2006 Jetta. Check it out here Long-Term Test: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta and tell us what you think.

    That's the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A) edition. You should also check out the First Drive: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI post.
  • dino001dino001 Tampa, FLPosts: 4,516
    Twelve hundred miles is hardly long term. I noticed Edmunds started posting those supposedly "long-term test" with 1000-2000 miles driven. Come on, guys!
    Long term test, as the name suggests, should be revealing impressions and issues that come up with driving a car during extended period of time, not just one trip around Soutwest! Drive 30K miles then you can call it long term!

    I understand urge to publish something, but choose your words a bit more carefully. Call it "One long drive"or something like that. :P

    2018 330i Gran Coupe

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    That is the beginning of the series. The long term tests go on for one to two years with an update posted every three months. Check out other long term tests on the site and you'll see.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Hey, that is the exact car my wife got...graphite blue VE with ESP and automatic, except her's is a 2005 Value Edition. We paid about $400 less, without even negotiating, though :D .

    But, why is it that Edmunds wanted a specific color? :confuse:

    And I will point out again that this forum is poorly named since the new Jetta actually came out as a 2005 (that could be referred to as a 2005.5).
  • I Guess It would depend if you are American or Canadian. The US introduced the new Jetta as a 2005 1/2, But here in Canada, it was introduced as a 2006 model only. Hopefully this puts all confusion to rest! To prove this to yourselves just visit and
  • I just bought the 2006 Jetta with package 1. Basically, its the 2.5 Jetta, with a Sunroof, and the radio is Satillite radio either XM or Sirius. I got the Sirius its much better. The other features different from the Value Edition are 16 inch alloy wheels and leatherette.
  • >>CONS:
    - Engine noise after a cold engine start- first 10 seconds is annoying
    - Tried changing settings for interior and exterior lights but didn't work. I still don't have footwell lights even after I set it to ON and at 100%
    - Opposite to the exhaust, on the right side facing the back of the car, there's a missing small cover or panel.
    - Wind noise on the freeway
    - Auto-open trunk door is temperamental. It works and it doesn't.
    - Suspension on bumpy road is between average to uncomfortable
    - Called Service 4 times in 2 days to setup an appointment and always gets the voicemail. Still waiting to call me back.

    Additional problems. The driver side one-touch up/down power window stopped working. And the front passenger keyless entry is not working. I need to unlock it from the inside.
    Once again, I got their voicemail when I called to sched an appointment and I still need to receive a return call from them. Their service sucks and I am very dissapointed. I bought the car from Van Nuys Volkswagen in San Fernando Valley. I need to have my car serviced. Is there anybody who knows another place I could have my car serviced?
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I'd just try a different VW dealer.
  • Just finished driving 2.0T Jetta w/Pkg #1. 1st one in the lot. Not as aggresive look as the GLI, but full of features. Power seat, wood trim etc. Not to bad. Anyne else care to chime in?
  • asatasat Posts: 4
    The start up noise could be the time it takes for the engine's sensors to adjust for the low octane fuel. Check and see what the German car needs. Bumpy ride. Mine was unbearable and I checked the air pressure and it was at 45 psi instead of 32. Believe me my back didn't like it either. I have 05.5 tdi with the dsg package 2 and I love it. My 23 year old son begs to drive it. I love the car. :shades:

    Don :)
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    GLI has a sportier suspension. Also, the GLI comes with either cloth or leather, but the 2.0t only comes with leatherette (vinyl) or leather. The manual trans is 6speed in both the GLI and 2.0t, but the auto in the GLI is the DSG and the auto in the 2.0t is just a regular 6speed slushbox.
  • the auto in the 2.0t is just a regular 6speed slushbox.

    Are you sure about this? This is news to me, and also a bit surprising given VWs dislike of creating unnecessary options and combinations. Then again, I have not seen one at the local dealer, yet.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    VW has indicated the start-up noise is due to the time it takes to pressurize the hydraulic valve lifters. Not a terribly good explanation since other cars with hydraulic valve lifters do not make this noise (including the 2.0 from VW itself).

    I recommend full synthetic oil, which leaves a good lubricating film on internal parts even after most of the oil has drained back into the crankcase.
  • I just bought a 2006 Jetta in Reflex Silver with Package 1. Im thinking of getting a auto lock for it or something. The dealer didnt give me a good review of the security system can anybody tell me how the Immobilizer 3 works? And can anyone recommend something to buy instead of a club for the car?
  • So help me a little, the noise when you first start the car is normal for the jetta?
  • So the noise on start up is normal for the 2005 Jetta?
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    Well, I haven't actually seen a 2.0t with AT yet either. The scales guys at my local VW dealer thought the MT on the 2.0t would be a 5speed, so I guess you never know with VW until the cars show up on the lot. Maybe they'll put the DSG in the 2.0t, we'll have to wait and see. The VW web site doesn't have the info yet.
  • lorelore Posts: 17
    So the noise on start up is normal for the 2005 Jetta?

    Yes, the pump is turned on and pumps the oil at the bottom of the engine back to the top.
  • David,

    Could I ask which dealer helped you? Apparently VW hasn't released a TSB yet, and mine seems to think that the noise is competely normal. I could do the call around routine, but I'd rather prove them wrong, just on principle :).

  • My new 2006 jetta does the loud start up when the engine is cold in the morning. Is it normal for the RPM's to be unusually high too? They hover just under the 20 line. After about 10 sec. it is back under the 10 line. Has anyone put premium gas in their new jetta's? Manual recommends it, so could the use of regular gas be causing the noise?
  • David,

    Yes, I was referring to the steering moan - sorry for being unclear there.

    I'm in Seattle. Working with the dealerships around here can be "wheel-of-morons" at times, and the one that I usually deal with is considered the "good" one.

    I may give Louie a call just to see if I can get some info about the supposed upcoming TSB.

    Thanks again!
  • joevwjoevw Posts: 3
    Actually the 6 speed manual in the regular Jetta 2.0 is the same as the GLI. Its just you will NEVER find one. The 2.0 model is an upscale model that is suppose to be more luxury then sport.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    "Actually the 6 speed manual in the regular Jetta 2.0 is the same as the GLI. Its just you will NEVER find one. The 2.0 model is an upscale model that is suppose to be more luxury then sport."

    Never say never. I have already driven a Jetta 2.0t 6 speed manual. The guys at the dealer were surprised when it was delivered, as they thought it should have the 5 speed.
  • Just checking. Is the jetta a good car. We are looking at the Accord and the Camry. I drove the Jetta. I liked it. I liked the Camry. I just want to know if you owners are happy and satisfied. I keep hearing about road noise and the engine knocking, speakers rattling. etc. I like the car's look etc. especially the sport package with the spoiler and ground effects,. So is it a good car a great car or just an ok car. Thanks your input its appreciated. we are DFW so if you guys had a good experience with your dealer let us know whom to speak with at the dealership.
  • The noise is gone! Have your dealer call VW. There's a new transmission fluid formula that they are using. It seems the tranny gears are square cut and 'moan' under load (when you're making low speed turns). The new fluid lubes better I guess.

    Good luck,
    David ;)
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