How many old style Beetles are still around???
There isn't a Toyota on the road as old as one of them!
Also if you see a 1985 Toyota it will be just part of a car as rust will have consumed the rest. How many rusted out beetles have you ever seen? I just bought a 2006 Jetta TDI and would not trade it for a Mercedes Benz. I drive about 2200 miles a month and spend less than $150.00 per month in fuel. I can prove it with my bank statements.
A car will only run to twice its design life if very well cared for, regardless of who makes it.
Interesting comment regarding "twice design life". What is the design life of US manufactured cars as compared with European and Asain? My life experience indicates that all cars (same year, make and model) are not created equal. Particularly Japanese manufacturers have this theory not only on paper, but on the production line and it involves a "no maintenance" philosophy. If you baby a European car, and don't mind spending money for parts and maintenance, it can last 20 years and 400k. US cars will last about 15 years with reasonably good care and 200k.Japanese cars will last 10 to 15 years without care and run 150k?
This is from the original poster - I now have almost 26,000 miles on the car, and have not had a lick of problems. It still runs great. To the person who said I sounded like a salesman - maybe I do - but I just really like my car, and I try to convey that.
The new GLI/GTI models are highly lauded by many magazines - drive one, and you'll see why.
I think you should also think that Japanese cars used to be only for driving purposes, not being so passionate about the cars they make. Nowadays they have improved on this lack of emotion in their cars and styling (I won’t mention reliability here because everyone knows that in this areas Japanese cars are simply awesome). But still... there’s something about VW that really gets me!
I'm an Aussie and a new Jetta owner. To the original poster of this topic, I'm with you. This latest offering by VW is the best car I've ever bought (and no I'm NOT A VW SALESPERSON!!). It drives like a $AUD70,000 + car, goes like a bullet and looks way more than the $AUD40000 price I paid for it. A trip to the car-wash these days is met with curious (and impressed) stares from other motorists.
To anyone considering purchasing the Jetta (I'm assuming that in essence the spec of the car is not that much different from the US spec), I'm yet to fault this car. For the price the Jetta has virtually every current safety feature incorporated. I can honestly say that I am infatuated with my new Jetta and it's now my new love of life (sorry wife + kids!).
I bought a Jetta TDI last week. It is a wonderful car to drive. I am big (6'3 - 240) and am more comfortable than in my wife's '04 Accord EX. The features on the TDI are far superior to the Honda, the ride and power are similar, and the mileage is 40% better, all at about the same price. The only downside is a smaller back seat.
We'll see how it holds up, but with no TDI's in the US for '07, I could always drive it to California and sell it for more than I bought it for.
I have a 2006 Jetta and I love it. I have owned both Japanese and American cars. There is not a car I have owned or driven that inspires as much loyalty or love like the VW's. Japanese cars are great, but they do not inspire that kind of affection from owners or envy from other drivers that see them on the road. The VW ALWAYS turns heads. I have been asked more questions and received more compliments on my Jetta then all other cars I have owned, which includes, Mustangs and Accords.
I'm thinking of buying a VW Jetta, but the origin of manufacture is a hesitation for me. I'm buying a German brand, but not a German made car.
Can anyone comment on the build/assembly quality of VW Mexico? Are all Jetta in the US made in Mexico?
All VW Jettas for ANY country now are built in Mexico. Don't let the fact that the car is put together in Mexico fool you; the parts and design are still the same.
Honestly, any perceived differences are in your head. I know people who have had Mexican built Volkswagens and had no problems, and I know people who have had German built Volkswagens and had issues with them.
Don't worry - buy a Jetta, they're great!
As the original poster said, the Jetta is just a great, great car. My 2006 2.0t package 3 has goon 31,000 miles with no problems at all. Still puts a grin on my face every time I drive it. This is my 5th VW, my previous 1995 Jetta had 323,000 miles on the odometer and still ran well.
This is my first Jetta, got the 06 GLI...SCHWEET> Lovin it. Have had two minor issues with it, all cosmetic. Just turned 11K on the odometer and the performance is like it was on day one, but better. This company puts out a great product, and for the money and public response, go with the GTI or my favorite, the GLI.
I just wanted to say thanks to all the posters about the Jetta, I'm getting ready to buy one in the next couple of days, a 06 TDI and after reading all your comments it looks like it will be a great car, I'll let you all know how it goes.
Here's an update. At 42,XXX miles, the EPC and Check Engine (also called "Malfunction Indicator Lamp") light came on. I need a new ECM (engine control module). This will be replaced under warranty though, and my dealer (Capistrano VW) has been a pleasure to deal with. I would still buy another VW in a heartbeat, and stuff happens.
Just like most of VW owners I do love my Jetta (2003 Wolfsburg edition 1.8T). it runs better than Honda (I had 3 Accords) when everything is functioning. The 1st problem I had was at around 30K mile, the screws that hold the front nose (light fixture..) were all loose it made noise when turning. At 40K miles, it felt like clutch was gone and engine warning light came on, took it the dealer did scan and found it had cylinder misfire-A old and long VW problem seems can never be resolved. Luckily it was under warranty. Now at 50K it started to squeak, did anti-squeak spray around the area the noise still come and go. Also the break starts to vibrate when braking at high speed.
I think VW is a good car, but not a reliable car like other German cars. I guess that’s how you show your love, keep paying it!