2004 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

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    2004 Volkswagen Jetta Review
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    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.
    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 Review
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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 2.0l Review
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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 GLI 1.8T Review
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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.)

    Pros: It is quick for a stock 4cylinder

    Cons: I have had a lot of trouble with the head gasket

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    2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Wagon Review
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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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    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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    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 Review
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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 GLI 1.8T Review
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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

    Pros: 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.

    Cons: 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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    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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