2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5 from North America
The Jetta is reliable, solid, and safe
I have not had one issue with this car in almost 3 years of ownership.
This car has been more reliable than any Japanese car I've had in the past, which even I am surprised by. I have had no issues whatsoever.
The performance of the 2.5L 5 cylinder is more than adequate especially in 'sport' mode. It handled very well in snow last winter with front wheel drive and standard traction / stability control. Gas mileage has been similar to that of my past 4 cylinder cars.
It has held up well to daily commuting on rough city streets, and still had no rattles or squeaks.
The amount of features in this car and solid build quality almost makes buying a luxury nameplate a complete waste of money, unless it's for name alone.
I plan on buying this car when my lease is up - I have full confidence it will continue to be a solid ride.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th October, 2010
6th Oct 2010, 16:15
It's just a baby and a VAG. Give it time.
20th Oct 2010, 18:40
I'm not too worried - a lot of a car's longevity has to do with upkeep and care, which I am good at. My room mate has an MKIV and does NOT baby it, and it has been trouble free to 80k as well. Maybe we've both been lucky.