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Unread 05-27-2013, 02:13 AM   #1
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I was wanting to buy a 2004-2009 vw jetta diesel but after reading reviews on edmunds consumer website I've been kind of iffy on it. My boss used to have one from 1999 with 400,000 and some odd miles and never had a problem with his just the general maitnance on it i.e oil changes tires headlights and timing belt that's all he had to do. But from what I'm reading now everyone seems to have a problem with them. Is vw as unreliable as what people say they are or do people just not take care of their cars? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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I've worked at several VW dealerships and many years with my own VW shop. I've owned at least 40 of them. The old air cooled were a different breed, the new ones not built like the old ones. The last few I owned, a Jetta diesel and a Passat, NOTHING but trouble.

I will never own or recommend a VW to anyone. I drive a GMC and my wife an Outlander.

I'd recommend a Japanese built car, not a U.S. or Canadian built Japanese car.

The best cars I've owned, an Acura Legend and a Lexus ES300 and our current Mitsubishi Outlander.
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Thank you why is it that the vw jettas are so unreliable?

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Like I own an 85 Chevy c30 only had to replace the starer

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When I buy my cars I go through everything and replace, rebuild absolutely anything that is not perfect. I hate an unreliable car.

Bought the Jetta for $6,500 and spent 2 weeks and about $500 on parts plus a complete paint job. Within a month I had to fix the air conditioning, an electrical bug in the dash, a rear suspension noise, and another electrical bug in lighting.

My Passat had the injection develop problems, power window problems, electrical bugs and finally the sunroof jam.

I still say in touch with the techs where I used to work and the problems just don't go away. They just don't stay fixed. The cars I buy are average mileage for the years and are not beaters.

The Acura cost my less than $200 over 5 years and the Lexus cost under $100 for 3 years, both cars were over 10 years old when I bought them!
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To echo what he said, my girlfriend's parents have two TDI Jettas (mk4), the engines are solid, most mechanical bits are solid, but the electrical gremlins are ALWAYS annoying you, they're endless. They do tend to nickle and dime you quite a lot.

When something major does go out (like an injection pump) expect to drop big money for a german replacement (to the tune of north of a grand in that case)
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thank you all very much for your help! i'm not going to get a vw now haha

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