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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Overview


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GL 1.8T
6 national listings
Avg. Price: $6,083
GL 2.0 Wagon
Avg. Price: $6,201
GL 2.0l
Avg. Price: $6,054
Avg. Price: $6,853
GL TDi Wagon
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $6,489
Avg. Price: $7,384
GLI 1.8T
Avg. Price: $7,095
GLS 1.8T
Avg. Price: $6,913
GLS 1.8T Wagon
Avg. Price: $6,478
GLS 2.0 Wagon
Avg. Price: $5,737
GLS 2.0T
Avg. Price: $6,493
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Based on 44 reviews

Easy To See Why So Many People Own A Jetta. Not Easy To Explain Why So Many Others Are Missing Out. by Adam
 — Performance - The 1.8L Turbocharged engine delivers a very satisfying flood of acceleration, it pulls hard in the power band for all 6 gears. The brakes are ferocious: more than enough to stop the... Read More
A Good Option For A Socially Conscious Driver Whose Bank Account Is A Little Bloated. by RE
 — My friend Amy recently lent me her 2004 biodiesel-powered Jetta for the afternoon. This was the first diesel vehicle I had ever driven, but I had an idea of what to expect—lots of low end torque, ... Read More
Not Your Average Vdub. by Jacob
 — I'm reviewing my personal Jetta, not the one you would go pick up at uncle Joe's discount auto emporium. Mine was decidedly quick for a 1.8 liter engine. Granted there was over $12,000 stuck into the ... Read More

2004 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagens have long been known for their diesel engines, and for 2004, the Jetta wagons and sedans got a more powerful TDI (turbo direct injection) diesel that still achieved around 50 miles per gallon on the freeway. The 1.9-liter diesel, available in the Jetta GL and GLS sedans and wagons, saw its horsepower upped from 90 to 100, giving the diesel-powered Jettas a bit of an extra kick off the line and a bit more help when passing at highway speeds.

The standard engine in the GL and GLS sedans and wagons was a 115-hp, 2.0-liter gas engine. A five-speed manual transmission was standard across the line, with the exception of the high-end GLI packages, which came with a six-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission was optional with the gas-engined Jettas, while a five-speed automatic was optional for Jettas with turbocharged engines.

Standard features for the base Jetta GL package included air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, front and side airbags for the driver and passenger, anti-lock brakes, a tilt/telescoping steering column, an anti-theft alarm system, a keyless entry system, cruise control, and a stereo system with a CD player. Higher-end Jettas added such features as a power sunroof, stability control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a power sunroof, and heated front seats.

The Jetta's acceleration, handling, braking, and safety features were cited as positive points by drivers, although some noted that frustrating quality-control issues persisted with the car. The electrical system and automatic transmission were singled out by some drivers as particularly troubling.


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Why Does My 2004 Jetta Shake When I Put The Pedal To The Ground?

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2004 Jetta Will Not Go Into Park

shifts last time got out of park real hard now wont go back in

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My Jetta Won't Start?

Tried to go to work this morning and my Jetta wouldn't start. I have had this problem before and we have replaced the starter, alternator and battery. It doesn't turn over at all, the lights on the da...

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