2004 Volkswagen Jetta TDI (PD) 1.9 turbo diesel
I bought it for an economical, high mileage vehicle, and it's proven cost effective for me
Fuel filler defect.
Right front window off track, due to ice.
I either have had very good luck with my TDI or maintained it properly, or a little of both. The three defects above, were not too costly. The fuel tank was replaced under warranty, which did not fix the problem. There is a clapper valve in the filler tube, which needs to be maneuvered into a certain position in order to fully fill the tank.
The window problem was corrected by me, the dealer said it would cost approximately $200.00 to fix it to their spec. I can live with not using it during cold weather, otherwise it works fine.
The turbo, was a wire problem. The wire was reattached and soldered.
The only other thing is routine maintenance. Oil changes every 5,000 miles. Using only recommended oil first 200000 miles, now I use 5-30 synthetic, which seems to work just fine.
I messed up like a lot of people, I know, not reading the manual all the way through. I didn't realize the timing belt needed to be replaced at 90,000 miles. I changed it at 242000, it was in very good shape, but glad I didn't go another 100,000 miles; had tiny cracks developing on it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th July, 2010