2004 Volkswagen Jetta Overview


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GL 1.8T
Avg. Price: $5,431
GL 2.0 Wagon
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Avg. Price: $4,350
GL 2.0l
84 national listings
Avg. Price: $5,253
GL TDi Wagon
Avg. Price: $4,021
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GLI 1.8T
15 national listings
GLS 1.8T
Avg. Price: $5,675
GLS 1.8T Wagon
9 national listings
GLS 2.0 Wagon
Avg. Price: $5,029
GLS 2.0T
Avg. Price: $4,988
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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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Shawn Jackson

Motor Swap

i have and 2004 jetta with a blown 1.8t and recently came across a totaled 2001 jetta with a vr6. i was just wondering how much would have to be changed to swap the motors????

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The Front Doors On 04 Jetta Will Not Latch. Any Ideas?

Windows work and lights in the doors work they will not latch

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2004 Vw Jetta Alarm Gos Off

2004 vw jetta alarm gos off when I walk by with my remote i havent push any button

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I Have A 2004 Vw Jetta Tdi. I Took It To O'reillys Today To Get A Code Chec...

Help pleaseeeee!!! 2004 jetta tdi 1.9l turbo diesel

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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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