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2011 Volkswagen Jetta SE w/ Conv and SunroofReview
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Its A Fantastic Car With A Lot To Offer, And In My Opinion Is The Best Of Its Class. —

Performance- The VW Jetta is great in this department, on the automatic version it has drive, as well as a Sport setting which allows you to accelerate much faster by reeving up to the red line. It can accelerate from 0-60 pretty rapidly. The Volkswagen also keeps with the European sport tradition of having EXCELLENT handling. The car goes exactly where you want it to go and parallel parking it is extremely easy. Build Quality- Ever since ive had the VW (close to 7 months) it has needed absolutely no repairs what so ever. It drives like a dream. Before this car I had a 2001 Jetta, and to this day its only needed standard maintenance. Im expecting that the new Jetta will hold up the same. Appearance- The outside of the new Jetta looks amazing. The older Jettas, up untill this one, all looked friendly and playful. The new Jetta looks mean and ready for action. The interior is simply fantastic. It has a BMW/Merc quality interior. Something youd expect from a 1 series or an E class. Its very stilish, very simple, and very functional. All of the buttons click into place nicely and there are no loose ends. The heated seats work in a matter or 2 min and the air conditioner/ heater works amazingly well, warming or cooling the car completely in about 5 min or less. The touch screen radio/sat nav works very well, and has no glitches what so ever. The sunroof is a VERY nice touch ;) Cost of Ownership- like I said before, the only things you really have to do is replace the windshield wiper fluid and gas. The car just needs standard maintnence. It is VERY cheep to own and the gas milage is somewhere around 36mpg I believe. Fun Factor- The car is an absolute joy to drive. Compaired to my friends cars this thing is the fastest, and most well handling car out of them. Its a pure joy to drive a car in sports mode, knowing you can turn where you want and nothing is going to go wrong. When it accelerates from 0 you get a sort of butterfly effect in your stomach as the tires spin on the pavement and cause smoke. Best car Ive ever had.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: I love this car and I am SO glad I went with it instead of the Chevy I was looking at.

Cons: That I cant drive it all the time.

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta SE w/ Conv and SunroofReview
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Vw Of America —

As a VW owner for nearly 2 decades now I had no reservations about buying a new 2011 VW Jetta SE 2.5 from a local reputable dealer without a test drive. After driving this car for approximately 3 weeks now I am forced by my overwhelming feeling of dismay to write this letter to you. Please allow me to explain. My most recent or previous VW was a 2009 Jetta SE 2.5. I was not only impressed with this car, but also liked its style and features which I was surprised to find in a car of this category. I also found it to be a very solid automobile. I found this out in a more personal manner after being slammed into by another car as I was backing out of my driveway during the worst winter the northeast experienced in close to 30 years. Needless to say my visibility was pretty poor due to all of the snow that had accumulated and I was hit so hard that the damages amounted to $7700 and a lower back injury. A couple of months after the accident I decided to upgrade to a new car. One, due to the accident, and two, because the mileage was quickly growing to where the warrantee would be exhausted. I did not hesitate for 1 minute to go and look at the new model Jetta, nor did I even think to consider another brand of vehicle. After sitting in the car I immediately informed the dealer I wanted one. I took delivery of my new 2011 Jetta SE 2.5 on June 30, 2011. I immediately noticed the ride was a bit more comfortable than my 2009 model, but I also began to notice things were missing as well. Even though other upgrades such as the Bluetooth and thumb controls, a radio unit that will probably take me a year to figure out how to work (because it's not user-friendly) there are also many downgrades. First and foremost I would like to point out potentially dangerous change that was made concerning the automatic traction control. There is no way to shut it off. I don't know about where the designers of this model live but where I live is called the “great northeast” for a reason. We get a lot of snow. I was stuck in the snow several times last winter and the only way to get out of being stuck and stranded was having the ability to turn off the traction control. The onboard computer does not know if the car is stuck in snow or skidding on a street. So it tries to adjust for the skidding, thus preventing a driver from getting unstuck from a snow bank. Other things I miss on my 2011 model from my 2009 model are as follows: 1) The center console lid used to crank up and pull forward providing a comfortable armrest. Now it’s just a lid with no arm rest. This is an important feature to someone who drives a lot like I do. 2) The power seat for the driver side is totally manual now and to adjust the back of the seat there is a plastic handle that is very difficult to operate. 3) The button that used to unlock the gas door is now gone. The new gasoline doors are designed to open and close by pushing directly on them which in my opinion is cheap. 4) The buttons that operate the heated seats are new, but they only allow you three temperatures to choose from. The old design was more adjustable allowing you more than three settings. 5) My new car came with very cheap windshield wipers. More like the wipers I had in my 1997 Volkswagen golf. My 2009 car had very heavy-duty rubber wipers. I also noticed that all the other vehicles in the car lot had those heavy-duty rubber wipers and mine did not. 6) The engine and transmission timing seems to be off. The transmission up shifts too soon and also has to downshift hard when climbing a small hill. This is especially noticeable when the cruise control is set. 7) The leather seats in my 2009 Jetta used to be nice and slippery, allowing one to slide oneself left or right to get out of the vehicle nice and easy. Now you stick to the new leather seats as if they were cloth seats. Why should somebody spend the extra money for leather seats when they act more like cloth seats? 8) The trunk lid went from a nice solid carpeted piece of equipment with hydraulic pressure rods on each side to a bare lid with nothing but plastic covering it. Also, it takes more than one try at closing the lid to get it to lock. It may take a few attempts to finally get it closed and locked and it's still not a nice solid closing sound like my old car (the 2009 model). It sounds very cheap and it jiggles from side to side and goes back up when you first try to shut it unless your shutting it is right on the money. 9) I see that you installed an iPod attachment in the glove box. In the glove box? Why? Also, the cord for it is very short and the vehicles computer software for this item is not updated for the new iPod or iPhone’s operating system so, it does not work. 10) You took away the fuel gauge needle and put in a digital fuel gauge system that does not allow one to actually estimate exactly when you're going to run out of fuel. The little bars disappear and when it gets down to two little bars left the gasoline light comes on. Also, this vehicle seems to use more gas than my old car (the 2009 model). I am filling up the gas tank more now than before. 11) A fabric type of air dam was installed to pop up when the sunroof is open. Why? All it does is catch bugs which makes it look nasty. It will probably have to be replaced soon due to its flimsy construction, costing the customer. I realize that some of these issues may be due to the car still breaking in as it only had 14 miles on it when I took delivery of it from the dealer. However, I also believe that many of these changes are due to the manufacturer trying to save money and be cost-effective but what you don't realize (or maybe you do) is that the customer is getting ripped off because, Volkswagen seems to be taking out things to save money and then increasing the price of the vehicle due to it being a new model and making money on both ends. Now this does not seem fair to me at all.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: New style and is about 2 inches wider.Thumb controls and blue tooth.

Cons: Changed many conveniences and made it cheaper.  A letter I wrote to VW about this is below.  

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta SEL PZEV SportReview
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2011 Vw Jetta Review — This model - the SEL - is loaded with navigation and all the other amenities including bluetooth, heated seats, the only thing it's missing is a back up camera Great car for the value. It has that solid German feel, I hope it continues to be reliable. Like it a lot!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Redesigned sedan for 2011 (especially in black), supportive front seats, Solid, planted feel in corners, SEL is LOADED, Roomy backseat, Big trunk, nice GERMAN driving feel, top-pick safety

Cons: Minimal steering feedback, Lowered quality feel of the dash (but not noticeable to the eyes)

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta SELReview
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2011 Vw Jetta Review — This model - the SEL - is loaded with navigation and all the other amenities including bluetooth, heated seats, the only thing it's missing is a back up camera Great car for the value. It has that solid German feel, I hope it continues to be reliable. Like it a lot!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Redesigned sedan for 2011, design (especially in black), supportive front seats, Solid, planted feel in corners, Roomy backseat, Big trunk, nice driving feel

Cons: Minimal steering feedback, Lowered quality feel of the dash

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta SE PZEV w/ ConvReview
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Great For The Work Commute — Good car for newly wed couple with no kids. Great work commuter. Looks sporty with decent engine. With a child on the way and more to come this car will primarily be used for work commute. Love the Bluetooth and usage on a shorter road trip.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: It's practical and affordable.

Cons: Not as spacious for the family.

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Good car,had the 5 speed manual . Decent power,but no 1.8t even though they are rated the same 170 at the crank, VW underrated the new 1.8 by at least 30 hp. This 2011 model had the older suspension set up ,which defers its handling compared to the new 14 and up models. Better gas mileage than the new 1.8 t though,at least in my case.
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

2012 Vw Jetta By Will

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Great Student Car By Ginese1

This car was the perfect pick for my daughter, she learned to drive with my Volvo SUV, then my Passat. These were a little big for her and harder to navigate parking situations. I surprised her with... Read More

Great Value By Jonesb930

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

My Car By shaneridley

Everything that has been down to my car aftermarket wise was done by and purchased by me. I value my car a lot because it was my first car I bought my self. It does need some more work but in due tim... Read More

Good For What It Was By pruster1

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