2005 Volkswagen Jetta Top Comparisons

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDiReview
Gregg writes:

Amazing Fuel Economy, Solid Feel, Strong Engine, Quality Materials. —

This car is a series of compromises. It's just a bit too small for my family, but is solid and safe. The diesel engine puts out a ton of torque, which is great on the highway, and returns between 37 and 44 mpg for us. (With 100 petro-diesel we get 44, and with 100 biodiesel we get 37-38. Various blends of "dino" diesel and biodiesel yield fuel economy in between those two extremes.) The interior materials are high quality, as is the switchgear, but as with all my Audis in the past, the Bosch components are rubbish. In the first 30,000 miles, I had to replace three of the four glow plugs (a diesel engine component), and two brake light switches. The Panasonic-sourced stereo is crap, to put it bluntly. And this is the Monsoon, the "premium", optional stereo. Oh, I'm on the second one. The first one died. The rear brakes make a groaning noise when you apply them when backing up, and the rear wheel bearings make noise going backward too. All this started just before or right around 30,000 miles. There's a silver-dollar sized spot on the hood where the clearcoat failed. VW won't give me an answer about fixing it.

Pros: Amazing fuel economy, 650 miles on a single tank of fuel, solid feel, nice materials, full size spare tire.  Diesel engines last a long, long time.

Cons: Lousy headlights, those rotten Bosch components, pathetic "premium" stereo, poor reliability, so-so paint, the VW service experience, automatic transmisson.  (That's not to say it's unreliable.  It's a made-in-Japan Tiptronic unit that will probably outlive most of the rest of the car. . . I just don't like automatics.)

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5LReview
Mark writes:

Mom's Car That I Drive All The Time When I'm Home!! — Great car, safe yet lots of power under the hood. Compact yet great leg and trunk room!! Just an overall great car for the money!!

Pros: Lots of power under the hood, great gas mileage!!

Cons: Annoying beeping noise when you don't put your seatbelt on!!!

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5LReview
mchavez writes:
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Awesome — This car is fun and safe to drive the family around with over 8 airbags it gives me comfort to know that i can put my kids in. Also i cant be more happy on gas millage's it gives me in city and hwy.

Pros: great on gas

Cons: small

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
Tnat283230 says:
Tight little peppy car for around town errands and small for those smaller parking spots, also great on gas.
vs2005 Volvo S80 2.5T AWD
2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Value Ranked 2005 Volvo S80 2.5T AWD better.
"larger , more power, better on open road, awd in bad weather."
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Reviews From Other Years

2022 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By Guru9RMKL6

Smooth driving. Quiet engine. Easy to drive and shift. Like it has 6 speed. Not too thrilled about the dashboard. Liked the old better where the rpm and speedometer were both visible. Now it’s either... Read More

Review By Guru982R5V

Checks all my boxes off. Larger space than my Corolla. Heated seats, sun roof, leather type seats, electric drivers seat, digital dash. Read More

2021 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By Jack

its comfortable and great on gas with plenty on power. Read More

Review By Guru9K742G

Roomy, priced right, good value for the price. Android auto connectivity is via a USB cable rather than wireless which is disappointing. Read More

2020 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By gdsnhanson

Good features for the base S model. Engine could use some more hp but that’s how it gets 40 mpg. Read More

Review By Lrgalan51

Excessive oil consumption. No oil showing on the stick before 10,000. Miles, again I liked 1700 more miles before oil change & no oil showing on stick. So VW changed oil & filter & said they added mor... Read More

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By Samuel

I love it. I love how it drives and how comfortable it really is Read More

Review By Guru98GBZP

Well maintained vehicle. The previous owner took very good care of the vehicle Read More

2018 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Review By John

Price is right, gas mileage is unbelievable. Good deal. Read More


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