2004 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

2004 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 16 reviews
"power" 14 reviews
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"handling" 9 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 6 reviews
"seat" 5 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"turbo" 4 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Review
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5

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Diesel engine

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cost of parts/interior smells

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I Would Buy Another For Sure — I love the diesel! Cold starts are kinda rough however there is a spark plug recall. Parts are expensive but worth it. Decent stock sound system, nothing fancy. I like my standard transmission. The fuel economy is mostly my favorite!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Adam writes:
2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8T Review
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This car has a combination of acceleration, sporty handling, ride comfort, quality feel, excellent gas mileage and fun factor that is unmatched by ANY other compact sedan on the market - period.

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It's a 2004 model so it doesn't have the MP3 player aux jack.  It's very low to the ground with makes steep driveways and speed bumps a challenge.  The warning bong for seatbelts not fastened, doors open and headlights on with doors open will drive you insane.

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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. — 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 weight of the car and anyone or anything inside. Handling is superb thanks to a beautifully balanced weight distribution, solid suspension, and 18 inch BBS wheels with wide Z rated tires. All you have to do is think about a lane change and the car will respond quickly and smoothly. Build Quality - I bought the car with 85,000 miles and had to replace the water pump and timing belt almost immediately. Since I had done research on the car and knew this was something it would need, it was not an issue. The car now has 91,000 miles and the only rattle comes from the trim around the radio where it meets the center console. My overall impression of the build quality is: EXCELLENT. This car is in better condition than other cars with less than half the miles. I was built to last, and it IS. Appearance - One word: gorgeous. The body kit and big wheels on the Red Badge GLI model I have make the car look agressive and sporty. Volkswagen's wing spoiler on the decklid is sporty without making the car look like a rice-burner. The factory black metallic paint is stunning in direct sunlight. The inside is well-appointed in black with black cloth seats but somewhat monochromatic. Minimal use of cheap plasctic panels combined with brushed aluminum and fabric trim give the inside a quality feel. The best part of the interior is the two factory-installed RECARO racing bucket seats up front. These seats are the best passenger car seats available for lateral support and are infinitely adjustable with lower back lumbar support Cost of Ownership - Insurance is cheap since it's a small 4-door sedan. It only added 3 dollars for six months to my policy coming from the Saturn ION sedan I had there previously. If driven conservatively, the car will average 30-32 mpg highway and 25-27 mpg city. Premium fuel is required due to the turbocharger, but conservative driving will more than offset the increased price for premium fuel. Maintenance is about the same as what you'd pay for any American or Japanese compact sedan. I know, I've owned them all. Fun Factor - I could go on forever in this section but I'll try to summarize. This car blew my mind on the test drive. The balance between sporty driving/handling and ride and noise comfort is better than any other car I have ever driven, or ridden in for that matter. The 6 speed manual shifts smoothly and deliberately, and the clutch is very forgiving. Traction is superb in the dry and wet, and the top speed is eye-watering yet surprisingly comfortable. What else can be expected from German engineering? Autobahn tested, Autobahn approved.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Mariepod writes:
2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Wagon Review
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Great car! Handles and drives great .  Clean lines. Love the real leather seats and interior layout of this car.

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Back seat a bit stiff.

Mariepod
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For A Wagon The Gas Milage Was Quite Good. Normal Repair Costs. — Volkswagon always makes a great product. I have owned several and love them all. They have clean lines and handle well on the road. very solid feel to all the materials in the car, not cheap feeling like so many cars today.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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nickynap20 writes:
2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Review
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such a pleasure to drive, six air bags up front WOW.

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Car has no sirus xm radio, no power seats.

nickynap20
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A Classic Vw Jetta Only A 5 Speed Tranny Wish It Were 6 — It's just a great little car to drive around, nice look & fun too drive!!! On the parkway it goes around turns 65, 68 mph no problem, car is glued to the ground, handle good in rain & snow to, that's German engineering!!! This is a lot of car for the money!!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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e_cantu writes:
2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0l Review
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outburst of the 2.0

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Some materials look cheap
Bad headliner quality

e_cantu
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Love. — I simply love my car because it has an excellent design it always looks good everywhere we go, Vw has an excellent reliabilty and it got a good reputation to people. Jetta always looks good depending of what things you do to it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jason writes:
2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8T Review
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It's a fun little car that is good on the eyes and can hang with it's fair share of other cars for having a small engine.

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Turbo lag. If you aren't going to put the money into the car and complain about it, don't get the car.

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The Car Is Only As Good As The Driver Wants It To Be. — For being a stock car, it has some potential. The acceleration is decent, but because of the turbo it obviously has it's ups and downs. Really there is no problems mechanically. Suspension is tight, as it should be. Interior and exterior is both good for style, but I will have to say it is not made for truly carrying 4 people. usually just two. You can fit 4 but it's not a very comfortable ride for them. Cost of ownership is all dependent on the driver and how much he is willing to spend. Cost of gas is higher for me because I only use premium or equivalent to 91+ Octane. Maintenance is normal probably a little more for me because I clean(wash, and vacuum pretty much every week, and wax once a month) it more than the normal driver. Overall it's a pretty fun car to drive.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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michaelgross writes:
2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8T Review
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It is quick for a stock 4cylinder

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I have had a lot of trouble with the head gasket

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Sleeper — it is a nice car. it does what it needs to and when you get on it it takes off pretty fast. it is all stock and maxes out around 135. when you pull up to someone they will never expect it to launch how it does!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Wade writes:
2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Review
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Amazingly fun to drive!

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Aftermarket products for it are quite expensive

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Jetta Gls Tdi — I love the fact that I can drive anywhere from 800 to 1200 km (depending on my lead foot) on a single tank of diesel. And the torque coming from this little thing is amazing! I have alot of work to do appearence and performance wise still, but it's a work in progress. This car has seen everything from class city commute driving, to gridlock, to interstates all across america and highways all across Canada, it has even seen a fair deal of offroading all across Alberta to get to rig sites. Let's put it this way: i put a skid plate on it to go some of the places that I've taken it, and it still runs like a dream!

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Kimberly writes:
2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8T Review
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Exclusive extras, exterior design that can't be beat, insane brakes, no turbo lag

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Could have used a little more power stock.

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2004.5 Vw Jetta Gli 1.8t — 20v Turbo, 6 speed manual, Recaro seats, Audi TT brakes w/ red calipers, 18" BBS wheels, factory body kit, lowered sport suspension, brushed aluminum interior accents, perforated leather steering wheel/shift knob, black headliner.....it's perfection. Stock has 180hp/173ft lbs torque, APR software brought it to 215hp/247ft lbs torque on 93 octane. Stock MPG was about 30-31 highway, with APR software I can now get up to 33 highway. A true sport sedan with great gas mileage.

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shoys2000 writes:
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fuel economy and aesthetics.

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limited leg room, manual dial to recline seats.

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04 Jetta — Purchased the vehicle prior to having children. If I would have waited I would have realized how small the passenger compartment is. infant carseat nightmare. Other than that it has been great. Average 48 miles to the gallon when the tires are inflated properly.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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