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2008 Volkswagen Jetta

Anyone having problems with this one yet! I am considering buying one but am waiting to see how many problems arise!


  • boyd82boyd82 Posts: 3
    No problems at all. Love the spunky engine, stellar interior, handling, and comfortable seats!
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    Even the consumer reports that constantly mark down all good cars says that the jetta with the 5cyl engine is a good car. If you check insideline for the Longterm Jetta they had a few years back, you'll see that they had only minor problems. Overally, the A5 jetta(2005.5+) is a reliable car anyway you look at it. It has 2 recalls and 11TSBs on minor things also. Compare that to the Audi A6 with 42 TSBs and counting.

    In fact, i'd love to own a 2008 Jetta SE, Any non silver or white Jetta Wolfsburg from 2007, or any non silver or white Jetta Period! As long as it doesn't have the 2.0T engine. (IMO, the higher insurance for <50hp isn't worth it.)

    Hope you get one and try it for yourself! I'm sure you'll be happy.
    ps if you buy and dont like and want to give it away, I'm available 24/7!
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,724
    Even my mothers 04 Jetta has been trouble free! Their amazing cars!! I have been looking at the Accords, but the Jetta, is another option for me.
  • The Jetta was on the top of my list until I visited Montesi Motors in CT. I can only descrbe my time there as...bizarre. They showed me dealer invoices that had absolutely no relation to reality, and the salesman was incredibly rude and well...nasty. I said thank you, and left. A good car let down by another terrible VW dealership....when I got home, I looked at Jetta sales for the year 2007. They are down ALOT from 2006. I will try another dealer about 40 miles away from me because this car is a tremendous value, and to me at least, a class leader. If you are in CT, avoid Montesi Motors.
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    I hate dealerships like that! The only thing I really dislike reading is consumer reviews in which the buyer had like a small problem and ends with "OMG I will never purchase a [insert car company name here] again!" That really makes me want to throw a wrench at someone! (Not literally but it sounds better than the old "toss my cookies" phrase...)

  • gmangman Posts: 5
    Has anybody seen or bought the '08 Jetta Sportwagen yet?
  • is there any mods like air intakes for the 2008 jetta yet???
  • um.. no. But it does look good for the family.
  • The jettasport wagen will be available in spring. I wish that the panorimic sunroof in the jetta wagen er wagon and tiguan was available in the rabbit! I'd so get it.
  • nofeernofeer Posts: 381
    i know the tdi will come out this summer but when is the redesign planned for the jetta?? my wife loves this car, more than a civic or altima, but i don't want to buy if it's going to be redesigned next fall. when is it due, this has been out since 2005.5
  • The Jetta Sportwagen isn't out yet. Should be on the showrooms about July or August
  • homerkchomerkc Posts: 113
    I've driven a 2007 Jetta for almost a year and a half, and it's been a great car. My son just took my car on a road trip to Houston, and got 35 MPG (not in Houston traffic). He drives at the speed limit, and most don't, but still that's tremendous for a car that weighs over 3K, has every safety feature, 5 cyl., etc. It's a great road car. I've had only minor issues, fixed quickly under warranty. I'm considering another for my wife. They seem to have turned the corner on quality.
  • bkjettabkjetta Posts: 1
    Hi, I just bought an '08 Jetta today and must park the car on the street in Brooklyn. I am trying to find the best bumper protection possible. I'm planning on buying the bumper bully. Does anyone know how well the 3M Scotchguard paint protections works for the front? If so, can you recommend an installer and a ballpark idea of cost. Also, any opinions on stick on bumper guards. Any good brands to recommend? Do they damage paint?

  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    No redesign but some changes. A new touch screen navigation system is coming out. Also there will be bluetooth. This navigation system can fully integrate with the new bluetooth module. Touch screen dialing and 6 phone presets. The new touch screen navigation system has a hard drive and a SD card slot. Stores the maps on the HDD and you can have some room for music.
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    Its like every year VW makes the Jetta more appealing to me! I think I'll just get an 06 and call it a day! Maybe the new TDI if $$ permits. The 08s get more power and smake tails, the 09 touch screen Nav.

    VW should sell Xenon lights in the jetta or projector beams from Hella that have the celis light bar...

    Maybe next comes A6/MKVI jetta... :blush:
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    How does a new USB based iPod adaptor sound. It's going to be far better than the non USB unit that mimics a cd changer and doesn't work well. It's very expensive though. The iPod cable is extra. Plays USB devices like thumbdrives. Hope this helps. It works with the RCD and RNS-510. Should have full integration of the iPod :).
  • tdibobtdibob Posts: 12
    Jetta Owners:

    Has the reliability improved over the years? Jetta is listed as one of the worst cars (consumer reports) as per an article in MSN auto. I will appreciate comments. I am about to buy a Rabbit. Thanks
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I'm not sure, but I believe as of the 2006 model, CR has the Jetta rated as "average".

    For some perspective on the differences, you can look at Edmunds repair and maintenance cost estimates. For the Rabbit the 5 year 75,000 mile total is $937 repairs and $3569 maintenance. Comparing that the the reliability benchmarks, the Civic is at $732 for repairs and $3283 for maintenance, while the Corolla is at $732 and $4374.

    I don't know about you, but an expected difference of $100-200 per year would not affect my choice of vehicles.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,724
    My mother is turning in her 04 Jetta lease, and she has had no problems with it, and she has not be too obsessed with maintenance either, so that is good.

    I am too looking for a new lease, I will be trading my 06 Accord Lease this month, maybe this weekend, and I am not worried about it the VW. I love VW's! I was going to get the 08 Accord, but, the leases are way too expensive now, when I can lease a $29,000 VW for much less a month, and with $0 down! I am looking at the Passat, and now looking at the "NEW" Wolfsburg special edition they have out, with DSG, it is truly amazing!! Just like the GLI, but for $$ less. I am also looking at the GLI, perhaps the EOS, but that ventures a little about what I want from leasing, but NOW, would be a great time to lease a VW.

    I get the following incentives!!
    I live in the same household of my mother which owns a VW lease $2,000
    I am trading in an 06 Accord $1,700

    I get a total of $3,700 off the price, which I am getting the car at Invoice!!

    Some how, I think I would be crazy if I didn't make a deal on that!! Truly amazing!

    I have always loved VW, and feel totally confident in them, also this day in age, I think most cars are pretty good, and up to code.
  • jp548jp548 Posts: 1
    I just puchased a Graphite Blue Jetta SE from Crestmont VW in Pompton Plains, NJ. The MSRP was 21,575 and I paid 20,900. The color was what I wanted and hard to find so I was wondering if I got a good deal or not. What do you think?
  • nofeernofeer Posts: 381
    yes you got a KILLER deal, that's very near invoice or at invoice, what options did you get, auto, ipod adapter etc.
    i just got an SE auto but had to look very hard for a red one....paid 500 over invoice had to travel to cincinnati to get it. but i could have got a silver at 200 over invoice at 21050 so you did very well....... looks awesome in red.....great stereo
  • shirotorishirotori Posts: 51
    Hey to all thinking about a Jetta; don't forget about the Rabitt. It is a very versatile car as it is able to hold more things since it doesn't have a trunk to contend with. It holds as many people just as comfortably and is at least a few thousand dollars cheaper than the Jetta. I love my Rabbit (2007 5spd 4 door) and highly recommend it.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Bluetooth will be avaliable for 09 but maybe later. More like September-October. Will require the MFI aka MFD and the steering wheel audio controller. Mainly for SEL models or models that have the MFI and MFSW. The Bluetooth kit can be installed in earlier models but they need the MFI and MFSW. It's made by nokia and will turn on that mystery phone button. It gets even better with the new RNS-510 navigations system.
  • 600kgolfgt600kgolfgt Posts: 690
    Consumer Reports agrees with you, too - they list the Rabbit as one of their recommended vehicles...
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    I dare to be different... well at least now I do. Going from the stones throw accord to the jetta or rabbit or tiguan or... to a Vw :) . Also I have a Zune instead of an iPod so the iPod adapter is of little use to me. Thanks though!

    Also heres a question. I have heard that not all Jettas have the AuX jack but its by year instead of trim level. When did the jetta get an AUX jack? Would older jettas with Package 1 or 2 have them? I have a Zune and like listening to it in my car. I currently use a cassette adapter as I hate those expensive and unuseful FM transmitters.

  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    The 2door wabbit :blush: just won 1st place in a Car and Driver comparison too! In fact, I've never seen a comparison in which the rabbit hasn't won... If only I could get a rabbit the way I want it:

    Jetta or R32 Grille, heated Leatherette or Leather, panoramic sunroof, tdi engine. Would be perfect. Also VW should give the Rabbit better color choices... VW should also bring back the deep sea green for the Jetta too... And the old metallic red...

  • popadopolispopadopolis cnyPosts: 15
    I just purchased a new 2008 Jetta SE with 16" alloy wheels. Here in upstate New York I feel secure driving with snow tires on all four corners. My question is can I put 15" steel wheels off a 2008 Jetta S. The wheels are brand new takeoffs and of course in excellent condition. If they come off a Jetta S will they fit the SE. Anyone know if the Jetta S has disc brakes all around? Any help would be appreciated.Thanks and Have a great day!!!!! :)
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Yes. No problem. The tires and wheels involved have the same rolling diameter, and there should be no issue with the brakes - there are no differences in the braking systems across the Jetta line, with the possible exception of the GLI - certainly no differences between an S and SE.
  • I got my 2008 Jetta right when they came out - and I love it. I have had not ONE problem with it (I had a Landrover Freelander before and it had more problems than I could count). I purchased it at New Country in Greenwich CT and now that I have moved into the city a month ago - it is even a good city car to have. My brother had a Jetta in College about 5 years ago and didn't have one problem throughout his entire lease. I would def. recommend the Jetta SE 2008. :)
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,181
    The '08 Jetta SE auto is currently on my list of potential cars that I'm looking at to buy sometime in the next three months. I didn't see a thread on the Jetta forum regarding real world mpg experience on the 2.5 auto powertrain. Love to hear some realistic reports on mileage as well as opinions of the '08 or Jetttas in general. Thanks.
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