2004 Volkswagen Jetta Top Comparisons

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Review
EP7 says:
Moms old car, drove it twice. The power comes on a little weird, but just takes time getting used to. The steering has a lot of feel and has more heft than the Honda I drive. Reliability wasnt a problem until at 80k miles when the transmission went, as well as a bunch of other stuff. We ended up putting about $2,000 into it before the transmission went, which was the same price as the value of the car. The interior is nice, but not the prettiest. The guages light up a cool blue-violet and the leather stood the test of time. The solid feel is the best point of the car, as it makes you feel like you got a quality product, not just a great value. Basically the cheapest way to get into great German engineering.
vs2004 Honda Accord
2004 Volkswagen Jetta winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Power Ranked 2004 Honda Accord worse.
"The turbo in the Jetta would smoke the Accord, but the Accord was more consistent through-out the gears in its power delivery."
Handling Ranked 2004 Honda Accord worse.
"Tighter, more Germanic handling with much more feel made the Jetta more fun. The Accord was easier and better to park, but the handling couldnt be pushed like the Accord."
Looks/Style Ranked 2004 Honda Accord worse.
"The nicer paint color, with chrome accents and a more traditional appearance make the Jetta more attractive than the Accord. THe Accord aged better, though, with a more timeless design than the 2000s-looking Jetta."
Front Seats Ranked 2004 Honda Accord worse.
"The support was moderately better and the leather was, in my opinion, better than the cloth in the Accord."
Back Seats Ranked 2004 Honda Accord better.
"The space was better and the cushioning was softer."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2004 Honda Accord better.
"The Accord is a size-category higher than the Jetta, so it wins for sheer space. The Jetta did have hydraulic hinges for the trunk, which looks nicer and doesnt squish things in the trunk when compared to the fixed hinge of the accord. The Jetta also had a lined trunk that was higher quality and was lined on the top as well as the bottom. But you cant beat all the cubbies and sheer space of the Accord."
Family Car Ranked 2004 Honda Accord better.
"The space and overall softness couldnt be touched by the Jettas more performance-oriented nature."
Value Ranked 2004 Honda Accord better.
"The space you get and reliability for the same price as the Jetta put the Accord ahead of the Volkswagen."
Would Buy Ranked 2004 Honda Accord worse.
"The air of quality and better handling on top of more luxurious features make the Jetta my pick when compared to the Accord. The Honda wins logically, but the Volkswagen has all of the in-tangibles that make it nicer."
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Sedan FWDReview
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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

Pros: such a pleasure to drive, six air bags up front WOW.

Cons: Car has no sirus xm radio, no power seats.

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL Sedan FWDReview
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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

Pros: Reliability
outburst of the 2.0

Cons: Some materials look cheap
Bad headliner quality

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Wagon FWDReview
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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

Pros: Great car! Handles and drives great .  Clean lines. Love the real leather seats and interior layout of this car.

Cons: Back seat a bit stiff.

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Sedan FWDReview
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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

Pros: fuel economy and aesthetics.

Cons: limited leg room, manual dial to recline seats.

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Sedan FWDReview
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I Love My 2004 Jetta — I like everything about this car. I am only selling it because I bought a 2012 Jetta and I have no room in my garage. I wish I could keep it. The brakes and handling on this car are just awesome.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Safe, practical car that has a fun, sporty side. This was my reliable commuter for many years. I would recommend this car to anyone, and especially a new driver who wants something sporty, reliable, safe.

Cons: Not too many cons other than the obvious maintenance costs, which were not bad since this car rarely gave me trouble. In general, the costs of maintaining a VW can be high, but less than a BMW or Mercedes. It is worth the cost.

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Sedan FWDReview
Brandon writes:
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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

Pros: Diesel engine

Cons: cost of parts/interior smells

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL Sedan FWDReview
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Loveit. — The VW Jetta is just a solid piece of everyday ordinary driving pleasure. Not much in the way of mechanical difficulties in 6+ years of driving. This car still sounds tight after almost 75,000 miles of driving. One brake job, original exhaust and battery still in car. interior still looks new. Ready for a second set of tires. The mileage is good as well; 30 mpg daily driving 33+mpg on highways, can't beat it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Reliable, well built, economical to drive.

Cons: none that I know of.

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Wagon FWDReview
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Great — awesome car lasts forever only 6 years old and has 300 000kms on it still breaking it in diesels run up to a million kms has a great stereo and can tow 1800lbs ya we abuse her but she still runs lots of torque

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: tdi

Cons: nothing

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Sedan FWDReview
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04 Jetta Tdi Recommendation--overall Good — The only issue I have is the way it starts in cold weather when it is not plugged in. When plugged in it starts great. It is a hoot to drive and handles very well for a small car. Surprising

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fuel mileage

Cons: Cold weather starting

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