Volkswagen Jetta Reviews from Trinidad and Tobago

2006 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.6

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Bora

Summary:

A reliable performer, but thumbs down on the life of the interior parts and fittings

Faults:

Interior accessories and trim are not holding up to the vehicle's performance and reliability.

Stereo system had to be replaced, as the details on the buttons were worn off and all the plastic frame began to "bubble" and peel away.

Plastic parts on doors have also been peeling away.

Interior upholstery on the hood and doors and frame are becoming unstuck with an unsightly sag.

Headlights are no longer clear, but permanently frosted.

General Comments:

Having been persuaded to acquire another VW vehicle after my experience with the VW Bora, I am very disappointed that the niggling problems in the BORA have not been addressed and they are now surfacing earlier in the life of my JETTA.

I agree on the engine's superior performance and the comfortable feel of the vehicle on the road, but the problems with the interior assembly and others such as headlamps are clearly not being addressed.

The dealer's attitude is that you should fix the problem yourself.

Sorry, will NOT be acquiring another or recommending this vehicle to anyone!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th May, 2010

12th May 2010, 20:21

They make specific polishes for your headlight fogging problem nowadays as these plastic headlight housings have been around for over 20 years now. Granted they shouldn't be fogging at 4 years old! Now if I only had a quick fix for the rest of your list huh?

Sorry for such a long list of woes on a relatively young car. Better luck on your next purchase.

2009 Volkswagen Jetta 1.6 gasoline

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75 miles
Most recent distance500 miles
Previous carMazda 3

Summary:

Good steady and smooth ride. A little slow off the mark

Faults:

My 1 week old Jetta had to be returned to the dealer today to determine why the EPC warning light came on, the car cut off and then a message came up saying 'engine fault, Garage'.

Of course everyone at the dealership looks baffled by this, but in my looking at VW repair sites, it seems this is a known problem.

I will update this when I hear from the dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd September, 2009

3rd Sep 2009, 17:32

Got the car back today and all seems fine again. The dealer said it was a fault with the communication between the accelerator and the engine that caused the problem.Still, it does not bode well I feel for a one week old car to have a problem like this.

5th Sep 2009, 18:42

Original poster.

Would you believe that one day after I got the Jetta back from the dealer, it had to be returned for the same problem? This time it was even worse, and the ASR anti skid system came on and could not be deactivated. I could not drive the car when this happened, so I had to switch off the car to drive a few hundred feet at 25mph before it would reactivate forcing me to keep pulling over and shutting off the car. Eventually I made it to the dealer who admitted they did not know what could be the problem. They even asked me if I was driving the car with one foot on the brake and one on the accelerator. I am very disappointed in this car, but even more with myself for picking it. I should have known better.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews