Yes. Your Jetta is fine. It has only had 3 problems and 1 recall. This is virtually problem free compared to other VWs.
"How do wheels feel "not sturdy", short of bicycle spokes?"
I meant it's not hugging the road. Maybe it's light. I have another car with the same spec of tires and the feeling is different. Or maybe because it's a front-wheel drive?
About my comment regarding the rattling sound after a cold engine start, I started sticking to 89 octane and after a couple of trips to the gas station, the problem went away. Not sure if it has something to do with the gas, but I'm happy to get rid of it. However, a new problem arised, the one-touch up/down power window for the driver side stopped working. I still need to make an appointment to have it looked at.
Additional problem. The passenger side doorlock is not working when I use the keyless entry to unlock it. I need to have it unlocked from the inside.
Do you not need to press the unlock button twice to unlock all doors?, one press only unlocks the driver door on UK cars.
I have just purchased a new 2006 VW Jetta 2.5 in January and it has been great. As far as the air conditioned glove box and center console not working, you must run the air conditioning for this to work. If you would read your owner's manual, you'd know that all the little switch does is open up the air conditioning (when the AC is turned on, it simply acts as another air vent for the compartment) and blows cold air.
Name another vehicle company that has even thought of this engineering as an option! Although you may think it is cheesy at least it is there as an OPTION to be used if the owner so wishes to use it. It is an OPTION and nothing else! No other vehicle has this OPTION!
Um, well, I think you should do some research since Porsche has offered this since the 1980's as have other manufacturers. Simply putting an air conditioning vent in the glove box or other storage place is no Einstein breakthrough.
You might find that Audi, BMW, Mini, Seat, Volvo, Opel and Renault all offer this option. I sell pre-owned cars, and have seen this option in a lot of cars recently, its become old hat now.
The new 2.5 Jetta is junk. I have been back for at least ten problems. None of them can be fixed. They range from transmission defects to inoperable rain sensor wipers to faulty heating system... I could go on and on. VW has even refused to fix some items. This is after owning nothing but Jetta's for our last five cars. All with no problems.
I like the new Jetta. We have had no problems with ours, and most of the problems I have seen, foot well lighting, door locks, and pretty well everything else, can all be controlled by your multi-function computer display. Just read your manual and you can adjust them for your needs.
The "noise" you hear when cold is the exhaust valve that opens to let harmful carbon from startup out, instead of clogging your exhaust. And Porsche didn't offer a glove compartment in the 80's to have an air conditioner. It's not a new idea, but you should all research a little more. You too Mr. "used car salesman"