2009 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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  • Performance: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
  • 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:4.4 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
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 19 reviews
"power" 18 reviews
"handling" 9 reviews
"interior" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"expensive car" 5 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"high maintenance" 4 reviews
"doors" 3 reviews

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JasonPDX writes:
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Review
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5

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Excellent torque and sufficient power with high MPGs! Ride is just a little sporty yet still very comfortable Good looks that age well (I still get compliments, which is nice ;) Quiet (TDI quieter on the road than gasser version) DSG automatic is super fast Upgraded sound system still sounds great Heated seats Good visibility Letherette ages better than real leather Good safety features (lots of airbags and good ratings)

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Crawling at slow speeds with a DSG is a little lurchy (unavoidable with dual clutch automated manual but could be refined a bit more) Maintenance costs at dealer are a little inflated Even with cold weather package, cabin takes a good five minutes to warm up on cold days (again, comes with the territory with diesel, but supplemental heating element could be more powerful) I had to install bluetooth for an extra $400! (Fortunately, VW fixed this oversight later I think)

JasonPDX
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Still Smooth Sailing After 5+ Years — My 2009 TDI SE has treated me very well for over five years and 70K, and I am still happy with it. The build quality on this generation is really, really good (unlike the dumbed down start to the next gen after): the interior is premium and the exterior is quietly upscale and distinctive in a good way. Having heard from some about VW's prior reliability problems when I bought it, I wondered whether I'd be in for some unexpected bumps in upkeep. But this car has been 100% reliable, with no time in the shop except for the regular maintenance, a new set of tires, and (just recently at 70K) a new pair of rear brake pads. And I still get about 43 highway and low 30s city MPG-- above EPA.

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AshleyRussell writes:
2009 Volkswagen Jetta S PZEV Review
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Great space, Great MPG, Great style, Great german engineering.

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Cloth Interior, but even that isn't horrible!

AshleyRussell
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Love It! — I previously drove a 2000 VW Jetta VR6, with having the power of the VR6 I was skeptical the new 5 cylinder engine would be sufficient to the power I am used to. I was pleasantly surprised! Still has the great handling, the smooth transition between gears, more space than my previous Jetta, and stylish too!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gary92021 writes:
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Review
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Fun car and great fuel mileage

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Wind noise will drive you nuts

Gary92021
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Test Drive Any 2009 On The Highway Before You Buy - The Noise Will Make You Rethink The Value. — This is our 4th Jetta TDi. It was one of the best cars for the price and fuel mileage is excellent. The '09 has the new diesel engine which finally gave it the HP it needed. The complaint nearly every 2009 owner has - excessively high wind noise at the A-Pillars. VW does NOT want to fix it since most the 2009 do it - so it is by design. Do a Google search and you we see the high level of complaints on the 2009. Wrote to VW and the answer was "do bad so sad..." They should learn their lesson from Toyota!

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Lovethecar6 writes:
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Precise handling and brakes, power and features

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Lovethecar6
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I Am Very Impressed With The Design And Soundness Of Construction. — I like the precise handling and braking. The suspension is a good balance of comfort and sportiness. The manual transmission and clutch operate with precision. I got the cheapest model available and it still has all the power features, terrific 8-speaker stereo, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, stability control, traction control, electronic differential lock and heated seats. Plus, it has front seat and side curtain air-bags. I don't understand some reviewers complaining about expensive service, the maintenance is pre-paid for the first 36,000 miles! Yes, it takes more than 6-quarts of expensive synthetic oil; but for anyone wanting to take care of their car, that's a good thing. The standard 2.5L engine has 170-hp, way more than anything in its size/price category. Because of the standard safety features and anti-theft device, insurance is cheaper than my Honda!

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rocketman_1 writes:
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Review
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great gas mileage. Very comfortable ride. Really good sound system. Fabulous DSG transmission.

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DSG trans needed a $300 oil and filter change @ 50K.  I figure I have have saved over $3400 in fuel costs vs. my old Acura , which averaged 21mpg.

rocketman_1
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Great Gas Saver! — handles well, is well made, absolutely no problems so far. Considered a Prius, but this is much more fun to drive. We have driven this Jetta from FL. to NM twice, and found it to be very comfortable. Really good sound system. Fabulous DSG transmission. I have recently taken this car on a two lane road with a lot of fast sweepers. This car handles amazing well. Brakes are excellent too. (I used have a Boxster S, and was a Porsche Club track driving instructor for over ten years). Local dealer suggested I replace timing belt @ 82K. Manual says 120K. Another customer with the identical car said VW would "stand behind" a timing belt failure that occurred before the recommended mileage. Service manager seemed to confirm this. I have mostly cleared up my scratched headlights with a Mother's powerball kit. It took about 2 hours. You could probably get it done professionally with less effort.

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csmtaylor writes:
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It is a great car. It handles very nicely, the fuel mileage is out of this world! It is styalish and comfortable as well.

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It is a little expensive to repair, but what foreign car isn't. The fuel savings more that makes up for the repair expense.

csmtaylor
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Fantastic Car! — I really enjoyed owning this car! The look and comfort are great and the fuel milage on the highway averaged between 500 and 600 miles per tank. I plan on buying another Jetta TDI as soon as I find the one I want! I travel a lot for my work so I tend to put miles on my cars. Another nice thing about this car is that as long as it's maintained properly, high miles aren't a problem.

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RoanMissKitty writes:
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4

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Four Door, so easy for my 5 year old daughter to get in and out

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Any parts....very pricy

RoanMissKitty
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Cool Mom Car — I would own another one for sure. I like my sun roof and it does pretty good in snow. I wish parts weren't so expensive and oil changes were cheaper. But, car is very reliable and I have not had any problems with it.

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VFernandes writes:
2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE Review
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I love my 2009 Jetta. I plan to upgrate to a 2014 Jetta otherwise i would not sell. The front heated seats are awesome! It drives AMAZING, the blue tooth is easy to use and super convenient. The sunroof is cool to have on nice days. Great MPG. very roomie trunk and back seat. This is a very conformtable and reliable vehicle.

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Tail lights go out about once per year.

VFernandes
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Simply Amazing! — I adore my jetta and plan to have another jetta in the near future! The front heated seats are awesome! It drives AMAZING, the blue tooth is easy to use and super convenient. The sunroof is cool to have on nice days. Great MPG. very roomie trunk and back seat. This is a very conformtable and reliable vehicle.

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team48 writes:
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38 miles to the gallon in town, 40s on the hiway.  I do mostly city 90% and always do 38 or better. ben a good car with 95000 miles now, no repairs to date. I did brakes pads, but they still had 40%. they were cheep so I did them. easy job. 09 had 4 wheel disc. car has great torque, harley never downshifts, even on hills. pulls strong. you would have to drive one to be a believer. pulls better than most 6 cyl without having to rev the motor.

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door locks switch click sometimes,but not a problem. solid car

team48
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No Complaints, Could Ride Alille Better But Its A Small Car, Rides Better Than All The Rest I Dr — love the power and mpg. ride could be a little better,but rides better than any other small car i have drove, and i road tested a bunch. hard to beat 38 miles to the gallon every time, city hiway,and running it hard. will pull 100mph with out a problem (uphill) Its an amazing power house. time will tell on how reliable they will be. i trade in a 100,000 i consider a 100000 miles trouble free pretty damb good. hope the next car will be so kind. i am gonna try a toyota hybrid next time. (avalon) They still get good miles per gallon and alittle better ride for theses old bones.

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brakes and stability

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acceleration new civic is wonderfull

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Je3etta Golf Be Shanta — look all ppl i know its slow a bit but really amazing on road excellent stability perfect brakes perfect quality appearance exterior nice i like it and interior i really love it cost a little bit high gas per mileage sexy on highway i hate it at town anyway i love that car i feel comfort driving these car i love my car :D:D

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