2008 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5 liter in-line 5 cylinder from North America


Reliable, quick, reasonably priced entry-level sedan, with european flair


Nothing has gone wrong with the car, it appears to be a sound automobile.

General Comments:

Pretty powerful for a 5 cylinder. It handles smooth and tight. I don't have any complaints about it. It is certainly no GLI or Wolfsburg Edition, but it is an excellent entry-level sedan, reasonably priced.

Excellent on gas ranging anywhere from 20-26 miles per gallon. The interior lighting at night is awesome. Lots of low-end torque or spunkiness from the get-go, and overall acceleration. Yes, if you were side to side with a Dodge Viper at an intersection, at the greenlight the Viper would certainly dust you. But with most other similar import sedans, you can certainly put them on the spot or challenge them well with this vehicle.

Overall, I am very happy with this vehicle, even though it is a base model Jetta. I think many others would be happy with it as well.

These Jettas are actually made in Mexico, but you are getting precision German engineering when you buy one of these vehicles. My next vehicle down the road will certainly be a Volkswagen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2011

21st Apr 2011, 09:04

I recently purchased this very same vehicle with 5 speed manual transmission. I think it runs pretty good, and I get compliments that it is a nice looking vehicle. It won't win you Green Light races, but it has plenty of pick up.

If want a little Rocketship Jetta, get a GLI.

2008 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0 turbo from North America


Love the car. Hate the issues


Trip to the dealer every 1000 miles.

- Check engine light on. Faulty sensor, fixed trough dealer

- Headlamp projectors not even. Dealer says there's nothing to do about it, since the car automatically evens them out at start up. I always drive with one light higher than the other. Tired of resetting them both myself.

- Front right strut failure. Replaced under warranty

- Front left suspension noise. Replaced something on strut. Warranty again

- Check engine light on: found torn part and air leak on turbo assembly. Warranty covered.

- Alarm horn ceased working. Warranty covered

- Constant gas leak light on. Shut car off, check cap and restart, I know the drill too well.

- Noise on rear suspension. Dealer can't find it, I guess it'll have to get worse before they notice it.

General Comments:

Absolutely love it!!!

Interior: the seats are extremely racy and supportive, I love how they hug you around turns. Only comfy when driving fast, hate them on long and boring drives.

Steering wheel has an upscale feel. It's something I find myself staring at while at red lights.

Overall quality is very good, and no complaints here.

A/C takes a while to cool the car down, and the the factory speakers are somewhat weak. Not that I care much, since I'm too busy driving.

Exterior.: love the upscale HID headlamps, and I personally think the GLI body style is better looking than the GTI.

Driving it: It puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. Brakes are firm, sharp and consistent. Suspension is tight around corners, but not too firm on your back. I would suggest dropping the car a bit, the high center of gravity is felt when pushing the car to its limits. Nothing too alarming, maybe I'm just too used to my Saab 9-5.

The steering is precise, and I can tell where all the tires are, and what they all are doing. A bit soft for my taste; I would like it to be a little more like my Saab again :)

The engine: it is absolutely addictive to rev this car. It's almost impossible not to. The engine just takes the abuse and asks for more. You can take it well into the red zone before shifting and there is no drama, just passion. Have to slow down, I'm eating the front tires too soon. :)

In all, I could venture to say it is the perfect car; it is an absolute joy to drive, and it's hard not to like it. I love the styling, the quality and the performance, but I don't know if I could or if I should keep it once the warranty goes out; these cars are not cheap to fix, and I would hate for the charm to break.

Time will tell. If it continues the way it is, I will have to trade it in at less than 20k before the warranty expires in 4 months.

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

Review Date: 9th October, 2010

11th Oct 2010, 04:45

It doesn't sound like a quality car to me at all. I doubt the problems will cease after the warranty expires, so I think you are right in getting rid of it before then.

21st Sep 2016, 16:20

Original poster here.

Have had the car for 6 years now and the odometer reads 74k miles. Ever since that horrible first year of ownership, nothing major has happened to the car. In fact, I haven't visited the dealer in years, although I have learned to work on the car myself.

Maintenance has been as expected:

* Coil packs/spark plugs (misfire).

* Shocks (uneven tire wear).

* Battery (slow start).

* Hub bearings (hum sound).

All in all, the day I stopped abusing it was the day it stopped breaking down. Also now that the car is coming to age, there is a TON of cheap performance and aesthetics upgrades that can be done, not to mention the great amount of support from all the VW forums.