2006 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews - Page 8 of 13

2006 Volkswagen Jetta Package 2 2.5L 5-cylinder from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5L 5-cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance15200 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Sporty, comfortable, and a high feature specification

Faults:

When I picked the car up, the power seat memory system was not programmed correctly. Nothing was actually wrong, it just was not set up prior to delivery. Otherwise, the car has been great.

General Comments:

I really enjoy this car, it has good power and mileage. I've heard a couple people say their mileage with the 5 cylinder isn't great, but I average 25-26 mpg-US (~9.5 L/100 km) around town and 30-32 mpg-US (7.6 L/100 km) on the expressway. Handling is excellent, the electric power steering gives just the right amount of assist. The ride is firm, but controlled, the interior is comfortable, and the car is quiet.

Features abound in my car, from the dual zone automatic climate control, to the trip computer. The quality of the materials is first rate. It has numerous "easter eggs" such as the wipers adjusting themselves every few trips at shut off to reduce wear.

I was initially surprised at the cost of servicing due to the requirement of synthetic oil. However, a careful investigation reveals there is no significant difference, as the recommended oil change interval is 10,000 miles (16,000 km) instead of the standard 3,000 (5,000 km). Comparing the price of $90 and $30 for the standard versus synthetic oil respectively, it's a wash.

Overall, I really enjoy the car and hope to keep it for many more years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2007

14th Feb 2008, 15:57

Please do not be fooled by the manual for your jetta that says you can go 5 to 10 thousand between oil changes. Even with synthetic oil you can hardly go past 4000 miles. Oil gets dirty no matter what. Your engine will gum up and and sludge will seize up your engine. Synthetic oil has smaller molecules that can get into places that natural oil can't, but it doesn't really last much longer. Being the life blood of your vehicle, it is essential to change it out more often than 5,000 much less 10,000 miles. Ask any respectable mechanic about this and when he or she stops laughing at you they will say the same thing.

2006 Volkswagen Jetta from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Samurai

Summary:

The last try, I'm done with VW garbage

Faults:

Air bag, air bag light, brake lights, ignition system, battery died many time, paint peeled, engine light keeps coming on, too many noises... sounds cheap like a Ford.

General Comments:

I'm another disappointed Jetta owner. I got the start up engine noise fixed and then the check engine light came on. This was fixed.

The air bag light came on. Once that was fixed it was good for 3 months until our brake lights stayed on 100% of the time, even when the car was off. This was then fixed.

My dead battery was replaced (after A LOT of haggling with VW when it was under "warranty") and 2 month later I get rear-ended because my tail-lights were stuck on again and the guy behind me just ignored them.

Great job Volkswagen! I'll never be coming back!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th February, 2007

18th Mar 2007, 19:19

Hi.

I just purchased a new 2007 Jetta and I like it, but with all of the woes I have read from previous years for VW, I am a bit nervous. Anyhow, I recently installed a remote starter on it, but I accidentally generated an airbag code and now the airbag light is lit constantly. Is there any way to reset this without the use of a diagnostic tool?

2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission TDI diesel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Overall fun car with good gas (diesel) mileage

Faults:

Interior is very noisy at low and moderate speed.

Driver's side back door panel was loose upon delivery of vehicle.

The diesel engine has average to poor acceleration from a dead stop.

General Comments:

Overall the car is fun to drive. It handles very well and you feel like you have complete control. This car handles like a sports car with very little play in the steering and tight brakes. The feel of the road and bumps are transmitted to the interior of the car this gives one the feeling of control like that of a sports car, but for some the ride might feel a little rough, especially on long trips. Acceleration from a dead stop is below what I would expect for a car this size. However, this diesel engine has a lot of power even at speeds of 80-90 mph. I have found myself driving at 100 mph without realizing it and it could go faster.

Interior is very comfortable with seat warmers and fairly spacious.

The sound system is great with a CD player and satellite radio option.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2007

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 46 reviews