2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9 turbo diesel from North America
Really wanted it to be a better car than it turned out to be
Seat belt latch needed repair @ 8,000 km.
Brakes rusting and cleaned @ 40,000 km.
Washer jet not working @ 60,000 km.
Transmission failed at 80,000 km from torque problem with automatic, happy with repair, but unhappy with $200 towing costs, due to dealer in another province being 30 km closer, which would have required staying in a hotel. Had our son come and wait 4 hours for tow truck that we paid for, to take the car the extra 30km to our dealer, and borrowed our son's car to complete our trip.
Faulty valve in engine replaced at 106,000 km.
Took in for servicing at 128,000 km - billed $1600 for new filters, timing belt, water pump replacements and a transmission flush (which had been done under warranty at 80,000 km see above repair). This was my stupidity, which comes from not requesting a quote and not checking my records. Will take it to the local VW mechanic not working for the dealer, from now on.
Love styling, handling and mileage, but do not feel confident on taking it for a long trip, now that the warranty is done. Will keep it for a local use car, but next second car will be a Honda or Toyota.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th October, 2010
27th Oct 2010, 12:17
I noticed your review and couldn't understand why your timing belt has to be done at 100,000 km.
In the US, I believe for Audi/VW they require the timing belt and waterpumps to be replaced at 100,000 miles, or 160,000 km. Diesel and gas engines maybe different. But, they maybe an example why the stealerships up in Canada are ripping the customers off for premature maintenance items.
I'm sorry to hear about your car's disappointing history. I do like how the '06's look though.