2008 Volkswagen Jetta TSI 2.0 turbo petrol


Sporty but elegant


DSG seems to not find the gear properly at times. For example if you are taking off while its in second, sometimes when it goes to third there is a big kick before it gets to the next gear. Not sure if DSG is confused if it needs to go up or down a gear?

General Comments:

The car is relatively quick but I think there should be some performance options available. There are chip upgrades that can increase your car from 147kw to around 190kw to complete with Subaru Liberty turbos etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2008

21st Jun 2012, 10:19

I have experienced intermittent transmission "flaring" I think it is called, (engine RPM increase between gears under acceleration) in several Allison electronic light and medium truck transmissions that I wondered about. Both transmissions continued a life of extreme use, without problems. I usually just backed out of the throttle, and transmission stopped fooling around and went into gear.

This usually happened under moderate acceleration. I wonder if engine sensors were showing information that did not jive, or if the transmission was on the edge of wide open throttle settings.

Perhaps transmission was just saying "ouch, take it easy on me".

1990 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8L Carbuerated 4 cylinder


Excellent drivers car and idiot proof and reliable first car all in one!!!


*Timing belt was replaced prematurely, the previous owners fault, as he didn't put the cover on properly and it rubbed the belt and wore it down.

*The fan-belt was also replaced as a result of the above.

*The door locks (Central locking) are EXTREMELY slow to operate.

*The interior trim is falling apart (Especially all the trim around the handbrake)

*Weird noises coming from the engine when I let off the clutch and slow down.

*the Right front indicator stopped working- has that fixed though.

*The aeriel got snapped off and the radio sometimes loses reception as a result.

Not bad for a 12 year old high-mileage car :D.

General Comments:

An awesome first car!!! Firstly the chassis is excellent- it makes for one hell of a drivers car, that works with the nice and hard springs, The engine is capable of serious performance- if you run it on 98 Octane (Rather cheap here in New Zealand) The car is beginning to feel its age- in terms of a few problems here and there- but overall it's a tough, idiot proof and reliable car.

It's also extremely comfortable- much more so than a Corolla or Civic of similar age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2003

1990 Volkswagen Jetta CL 1.8L 8v Digifant


Good honest motoring with character


Electric windows have a mind of their own and work sometimes.

Suspension strut top bushing failed checks at 124,000km.

Air-con has given up recently.

Replaced rocker cover gasket 126,000km.

General Comments:

It's not quiet, overpowered or super cheap to run, but it's got character and I like it. Handles very well and still looks good for its age.

Has maintained its condition really well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2003

29th Oct 2003, 01:34

Couldn't agree more.