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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Sedan FWDReview
Mehdi writes:
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Vw Jetta — 95 000 km, black\black, teint windows, 18 inch rims moddified taillight and headlight, sun-roof, 2 year warranty, automatic only 270$\monthly

Pros: small,luxe,easy for moddification

Cons: in the winter it stock a lot when you have 4 season tire

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Wagon FWDReview
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So-so Car — It's a pretty fast car with good handling (unless its winter) but I don't feel quite as safe as I do when I'm in my dodge RAM 1500.

Pros: runs on diesel: tank lasts alot longer

Cons: FW drive: not so good on icy roads

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Great Ergonomics, Diesel Economy Is Exellent, Car Actually Appreciated After I Bought It! — I bought this car certified used at 55K, and now have 109K on it, and LOVE the car. Same coloring and body style as my wife's Avalon, but over twice MPG, and plenty of room for the two of us. We take it on trips instead of the bigger Avalon, because we don't need the room and the car feels great. Now the Avalon is more comfortable, but the Jetta is more than sufficent for the oil consious (patriotic American at a time of war). I will buy another Jetta next time, expecially if they make a diesel HYBRID in the near future! All the efficency of the Prius without the complication or need to replace batteries. A little less prestige, but a great buy.

Owner for 2 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:35,000

Pros: economy, style, sturdy, all around great car.  the best i've bought

Cons: crank seat adjustments in front a pain.  cup holders a little awkward.

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Sedan FWDReview
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A Good Option For A Socially Conscious Driver Whose Bank Account Is A Little Bloated. —

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, a narrow power band, and a loud rumbling engine. I was pleasantly surprised. Volkswagen has done a good job of tuning the engine to keep it more user-friendly for drivers used to gasoline engines. The small turbocharger helps spread out the power band without introducing any lag, and the engine is reasonably quiet and consistent in volume throughout the rev range. I thoroughly enjoyed driving this car. The steering is sharp and the body stays completely level in sharp turns, likely due to the low center of gravity and tight suspension. The engine’s overall power (100 hp, 177 lb-ft of torque) isn’t overwhelming, but the 5-speed manual transmission and wide power band make it easy to accelerate quickly when needed. Exterior styling is one of the Jetta’s low points. The design is an evolution of the “folded paper” look of the original 1979 model. Volkswagen seems to think that slightly rounding the creases is an acceptable way to modernize the Jetta. Unfortunately, it still just looks like a boring metal box. The interior is a stark contrast to the exterior. Soft black plastic with silver accents covers most surfaces. The smooth curves of the dashboard and center console have convinced me that this car was actually designed in the 21st century. It only gets better when the headlights are switched on, as everything is bathed in a mellow orange glow. The best part of owning a diesel vehicle is the fuel economy. You really can’t go wrong with the Jetta’s EPA ratings of 31/40 mpg, which put it on a par with much smaller and weaker gasoline-powered cars. After 3 hours of city driving, the fuel gauge needle hadn’t moved a millimeter. For Amy, the ability to run the Jetta on biodiesel is the major selling point of the car. She doesn’t like to support middle-eastern countries that harbor terrorists by buying their exported oil. “I don’t want to give my money to the terrorists”, she says. That may be the best reason to buy a diesel car today. Independence from foreign oil and zero emissions make it a great choice for a socially conscious driver. I think the Jetta can also appeal to those who just want a reliable car that will save them money at the pump, but the purchase price could be a problem. In the US, Volkswagen has always sold the Jetta TDI at a much higher price point than the gasoline model, and used examples have held their value well due to the high quality. Perhaps once diesels begin to catch on in this country prices will become more reasonable.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

Pros: Well-tuned engine makes the transition from gasoline easier
Great handling
Fuel economy puts subcompacts to shame
Modern interior

Cons: Bland styling
Expensive

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Sedan FWDReview
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I Love My 2004 Vw Jetta Gls 1.8t — I like everything about this car. Most importantly it is safe and it handles great. Versitle, you can drive this car on the daily commute or take her for a joy ride to the coast for some fun. I would recommend this car to anyone.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Excellent brakes and handling. Fun to drive yet practical. Safe, reliable.

Cons: I hear service costs are high, but this is to be expected. I have not had any major issues.

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Sedan FWD Review
jkdk3 says:
works all the time, has 222,000 miles on it, getting rust on it though. we bought it when it only had a few thousand miles on it.
vs2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Sedan FWD winning categories:
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Looks/Style Ranked 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI better.
"just snazzier, it is also bigger"
Value Ranked 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI worse.
"starts better, the electrical components are better, but that could be a fluke if someone had messed with the -06 jetta. Jettas do not handle any electrical change well.. friends of ours changed the radio and the electrical never seemed to work as well."
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Wagon FWD Review
Guru151N says:
Has been one of the better cars weve owned. Incredible fuel economy, fun to drive. Higher than average fussy repairs--things that arent part of the power train that need attention, but still worth owning. Great visibility. Comfortable seats, if a bit low to the floor. Good cargo capacity, love the racks.
vs2015 Nissan LEAF SL
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Power Ranked 2015 Nissan LEAF SL better.
"electric vehicle!"
Handling Ranked 2015 Nissan LEAF SL worse.
"weight and design"
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T Sedan FWD Review
Guru9YGQ37 says:
Loved the look and feel of this car, but can’t say the same about the reliability. I really enjoyed this car for the 3 years I owned it in terms of handling, responsiveness, acceleration, it was really a fun car to drive. What wasn’t fun was the endless repairs, high cost of parts/repairs and the overall cost of ownership. Had I purchased the vehicle new instead of used maybe it would have had a different outcome. Purchased in 5/2009 traded in 5/2012. I didn’t miss it when it went.
vs2012 Nissan Versa 1.8 S Hatchback
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Power Ranked 2012 Nissan Versa 1.8 S Hatchback worse.
"Better horsepower, torque, transmission "
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Sedan FWD Review
GuruSPQ4T says:
Crazy good on fuel, has a lot of low RPM torque, especially with tune. Better backseat for friends and easier to get into and a lot easier to find parts for.
vs1991 Audi Coupe quattro AWD
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Power Ranked 1991 Audi Coupe quattro AWD worse.
"With a tune in the Jetta, the turbo spools right away and it just makes it speed up a lot faster!"
Handling Ranked 1991 Audi Coupe quattro AWD better.
"In the winter the Audi is unreal and so much fun, the Coupe just is made for the corners and it just feels good even though it leans!"
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