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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews

3.7
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vw jetta

by from newyork, ny on May 4, 2011

i feel safe in this vehicle. its got alot of pep, and style. im proud to drive such a great car!!!!!
i feel safe in this vehicle. its got alot of pep, and style. im proud to drive such a great car!!!!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Good car, just what i needed

by from mobile, al on September 7, 2011

point blank i needed a car that my wife could pick our kids up from school in. She sits out there for 30 mins idling with the a/c on as the kids get lined up and i feel good about her doing it in the ...
point blank i needed a car that my wife could pick our kids up from school in. She sits out there for 30 mins idling with the a/c on as the kids get lined up and i feel good about her doing it in the tdi as opposed to my charger or silverado. Even doing this and normal city driving, she still gets a tick over 30 mpg in the tdi. There is enough room in the back with the kids and the kids seats so a success for us no doubt.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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3 Years and Not One Maintenance Problem

by from Wilmington, North Carolina on August 18, 2007

I've loved this vehicle since the day I bought it. I'm shocked at the other reviews I've read. I've had no problems whatsoever with my Jetta GLI. I owned the 2000VW Jetta before this one and it was ab...
I've loved this vehicle since the day I bought it. I'm shocked at the other reviews I've read. I've had no problems whatsoever with my Jetta GLI. I owned the 2000VW Jetta before this one and it was absolutely riddled with problems. VW always fixed things at no cost but it was a pain. I gave them another chance when I saw that '05 would be the last year of the body style I loved (HATE the new one!) and I have no regrets. The molding at the bottom of the car would be my only complaint. It's hard not to scratch it in parking lots or on low curbs but otherwise I have nothing but good things to say. It's fast, fun to drive and it looks awesome.
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Does recommend this car

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Great Little Diesel

by from Latham, MO on March 17, 2014

The 2005 GLS TDI with 145000 miles was the first car I bought. It was a manual and the first weekend I tore the clutch out (operator error). Loved this car! I got 47 mpg on a road trip with 4 adults a...
The 2005 GLS TDI with 145000 miles was the first car I bought. It was a manual and the first weekend I tore the clutch out (operator error). Loved this car! I got 47 mpg on a road trip with 4 adults and luggage which made my day! Normal highway/ dirt road driving it gets 39-40 consistently. One thing I will warn you about is it sits pretty low and I knocked a hole in the oil pan 3 times on gravel roads before I welded a heavy 1/2" thick aluminum plate to the bottom of the oil pan. DO NOT put a cheap aftermarket cold air intake on these TDIs because it won't run right and the turbo is very finicky about dirt; I ruined mine in this way. And yes, the interior looks nice, especially the black leather like mine, but little things will break like center console lid and glove box latch. It also has some mysterious electrical issues like not recognizing the drivers side door (so sometimes it won't lock remotely and door dinger doesn't work, and every once in a while the passenger door won't unlock). Otherwise, I still love this car! Tip: The older Jetta TDIs (2001-2003) will get 50 mpg.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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very good overall

by from on August 11, 2009

very good in handling. also very strong and durable, pretty fast. very stable on the highway i would definitely recommend Jetta GLIs.
very good in handling. also very strong and durable, pretty fast. very stable on the highway i would definitely recommend Jetta GLIs.
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Does recommend this car

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Should have bought the Honda

by from Seattle, WA on July 30, 2007

I was really excited to buy my first new car...and have had problems with it ever since. I have had the transmission replaced, the brakes worked on (they still squeek) and the fuel pump replaced (need...
I was really excited to buy my first new car...and have had problems with it ever since. I have had the transmission replaced, the brakes worked on (they still squeek) and the fuel pump replaced (needs to be replaced again, the LOUD squeeling that it makes still continues) Thankfully all of this was under warantee, but it seem like a lot of repairs of major systems in a car that has less that 50,000 miles on it. I would not buy another Jetta. It is too bad, I really liked it when I bought it.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Canada on November 25, 2014

Bought my Jetta with 300,000 km and there were only minor things to fix. I have nothing but good things to say about this car. The fuel mileage is AMAZING, I get 1000 km per tank. Another thing I love...
Bought my Jetta with 300,000 km and there were only minor things to fix. I have nothing but good things to say about this car. The fuel mileage is AMAZING, I get 1000 km per tank. Another thing I love about this car is the fact that I had rust, which VW replaced for free. One down side about this car are the awkward manual seat adjustments which they have fixed in their 2006 model. If I were to buy another car, it would be a VW Jetta again, no doubt.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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not reliable

by from ada, ok on January 4, 2016

car is a 2005 jetta, 2.0 auto w/81k. have been towed twice (my 2002 Passat towed once), water pump, alternator, mirror fell off, rear lights quit, engine light on then off. spent over $1200 in less th...
car is a 2005 jetta, 2.0 auto w/81k. have been towed twice (my 2002 Passat towed once), water pump, alternator, mirror fell off, rear lights quit, engine light on then off. spent over $1200 in less than 2 years on repairs. repairs are very expensive. hard to get worked on in small towns. now leaks when it rains and have bad odor, didn't have time or place to remove seats then take up carpet (a major undertaking) so now mold. google and check complaints of VW's you get a long list. car has lost 60% of value in 2 years as I've tried to trade it off. resale and trade in value is poor.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Has quirks but really great car

by from Daytona Beach,Fl on August 3, 2010

I bought this car new and while I had some recall issues I now have almost 120k on it and beside wear items the only issue that crops up are bulb burn outs and glow plugs. This is my 2nd jetta TDI and...
I bought this car new and while I had some recall issues I now have almost 120k on it and beside wear items the only issue that crops up are bulb burn outs and glow plugs. This is my 2nd jetta TDI and its feels no different then when it had 60k or 20k. Be prepared for some quirks for the first 15k and a long break-in period (20-30k) before you get the really good MPG you hear about. As much as I'd love to get in a new one....mine's doing too well not to keep it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Love the car, Horrible on gas

by from Florida on September 16, 2008

I bought a 2005 jetta GLI 1.8t a few months ago. It was like love at first sight. It looked great, and as soon as I was done test driving it, I bought it on the spot. Now a couple months later, and I ...
I bought a 2005 jetta GLI 1.8t a few months ago. It was like love at first sight. It looked great, and as soon as I was done test driving it, I bought it on the spot. Now a couple months later, and I still love it, I just have now realized that this car is horrible on gas for a 4 cylinder. It burns gas like a V8 truck. I probably average about 14 mpg. Yea I know, unbelievable.
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