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2012 Volkswagen Jetta

2012 Volkswagen Jetta

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Best. Car. EVER! (Jetta TDI with Prem/Navigation)

by from Boston, MA on September 20, 2012

I bought this car 3 1/2 months ago and I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm in love with my car. I almost didn't buy this car because the clutch was so funky (I drive manual transmission) but I'm s...
I bought this car 3 1/2 months ago and I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm in love with my car. I almost didn't buy this car because the clutch was so funky (I drive manual transmission) but I'm so glad I didn't let that get in the way. A few days of driving the car and I got used to the clutch - now it's easy peasy and it never stalls on me. I needed a car that had manual transmission, had great performance, low maintenance AND great gas mileage. This baby had it all. At first I drove the car pretty fast, having fun with the acceleration & all.. the newness wore off eventually and I mellowed out - now on the highway, I can get close to 715 miles to a tank of gas (that's 50mpg!) but if I get stuck in traffic or do a lot of city driving, I'm averaging about 600-625 miles (or 42-43mpg) which is still pretty decent! Diesel RULES!! I got the Premium/Navigation package and boy am I glad I did. I use the Nav all the time, although at times "she's" taken me on some funky detours. Still, when I'm in unfamiliar surroundings or am forced to take alternate routes because of construction, it has saved my butt more often than not. I also use the sunroof a lot in the summer. The interior is pretty comfortable and interior design is pretty intuitive overall - although some of the features take some getting used to. I LOVE the fact that the windshield wipers have a bazillion different settings - it makes a huge difference when driving in various weather conditions. Haven't had a chance to try out the heated seats yet but I KNOW I'll love them when winter is here! A/C works as expected. Cargo space is awesome - it's amazing how much you can "stuff" in there! The ride is smooth and the engine is (for a diesel) pretty quiet. Sound system is great - love the touch screen! And the Bluetooth is just the greatest invention ever. I love that my Blackberry can connect to it automatically and I can take phone calls hands-free! The visibility on the driver's side is my only issue. The side bar between the front and back windows gets a bit in the way and I find myself having to lean forward and turning my neck more than I should have to in heavy traffic just to make sure nobody's sitting in my blind spot... This car has amazing performance, acceleration when you need it, takes curves like nobody's business (the car doesn't even tilt!) and did I mention outstanding gas mileage? That alone should make you want to get this car! This is my first VW.. and my first diesel. Now I know why I couldn't find any used ones! Nobody wants to sell their Diesels because they're such an amazing car!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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VW TDI Wagon

by from Tampa on December 17, 2012

I bought a 2012 TDI Wagon new this year I have alrady put 36000 miles on the vehicle. I love the sytle and layout of the car. My biggest complaints with the car is the reliabiliy. After owning my car ...
I bought a 2012 TDI Wagon new this year I have alrady put 36000 miles on the vehicle. I love the sytle and layout of the car. My biggest complaints with the car is the reliabiliy. After owning my car for 3 months the transmission began to shift oddly, I took the car in and did not get it back for 3 weeks. They told me I had a problem with the part that connects the motor to the transimission. Little things like lights and electric parts have broken ex. the visor. The hands free phone system is terrible. I am so sick of people telling me they cant understand me. I finally gave up on it. I have taken it to VW 3 times for the issue and they say its normal. I dont know if I could honestly recomend this car? I love and dislike it at the same time.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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Nice ride!

by from 95648 on September 3, 2011

The car is roomy, interior option colors are limited. Design for safety as they are know for has not been compromised which I like. Price could be a bit lower, but overall it is a good buy. There is a...
The car is roomy, interior option colors are limited. Design for safety as they are know for has not been compromised which I like. Price could be a bit lower, but overall it is a good buy. There is a reason why sales for vw jettas are high in North America! Go research it!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Jetta TDI

by from Staunton, va on February 2, 2013

The only problem with this car is that it doesn't have a comfortable armrest, they want to upgrade to a Passat in order to have a comfortable place for your arm. Other than that the best car I've ever...
The only problem with this car is that it doesn't have a comfortable armrest, they want to upgrade to a Passat in order to have a comfortable place for your arm. Other than that the best car I've ever had.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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2012 Jetta TDI Premium Package

by from Hickory, nc on August 30, 2012

Great gas mileage! Exterior has sleek and clean styling this is what caught my eye; lots of options for the money. Have had this car to dealer several times for rattles; they fix one and another start...
Great gas mileage! Exterior has sleek and clean styling this is what caught my eye; lots of options for the money. Have had this car to dealer several times for rattles; they fix one and another starts; and they seem to be weather related; due to lots of plastic. On my very 1st road trip to mountains the back window starting rattling; and continued the entire trip; this turned out to be 1st of many. I cannot get use to the corky transmission. I have almost 13,000 miles on the vehicle; a new rattle began this week in front dash. I would not buy another Jetta; I have learned that the Jetta is assembled in Mexico. I think VW has cheaped the car down. I always thought of German engineering when it came to VW. I looked at VW's for years before purchasing one; I am disappointed.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Disappointed

by from Lowell, Indiana on December 26, 2012

I bought this car new in July 2012. I've never owned a car that resonanted with the different speeds or forcing frequencies, from the speed of the engine. Plastic rattles, no leg room for the driver o...
I bought this car new in July 2012. I've never owned a car that resonanted with the different speeds or forcing frequencies, from the speed of the engine. Plastic rattles, no leg room for the driver on the gas pedal side, rattle above the driver door. Storage compartment is difficult to reach while driving. Fuel economy is good, and I like shifting gears, car is fun to drive, but for the dollars, I'm looking at trading it in for something already. If VW really want's to have 100% satisfaction with it's customers they better get these ratttles fixed or more negitive writing.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Tdi lover

by from Kemmerer wyoming on March 5, 2012

The mileage is better than what i expected. On the road i am getting 43.9 and over 34 in town the only complaint i have is the throttle responce some times it lags when takeing off from a stop.
The mileage is better than what i expected. On the road i am getting 43.9 and over 34 in town the only complaint i have is the throttle responce some times it lags when takeing off from a stop.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Excellent bang for the buck

by from Houston, TX on October 29, 2012

I have had my 2012 VW Jetta SE with Convenience Package and Sunroof for almost 5 months now. I love this vehicle. I have driven many BMW 3 series and can honestly say that this vehicle provides and pe...
I have had my 2012 VW Jetta SE with Convenience Package and Sunroof for almost 5 months now. I love this vehicle. I have driven many BMW 3 series and can honestly say that this vehicle provides and performs in line with those. The car feels very well crafted and sturdy yet sporty on the road. It is not the most smooth ride, but still very comfortable and this adds to the sporty factor. Opting for the Convenience package gave me the large touchscreen radio with bluetooth, etc. and this is extremely useful and became a necesity rather than a perk over time. The sunroof is also great! The leather (vinyl) seats have held up well in terms of ware and cleaning, etc. While at only 11,500 miles, I have had zero issues with the car inside and out.… If purchasing new, the free scheduled maintenance at 10,20,30000 miles is a plus. My only things that would make this car a perfect ten would be adding Power Driver's seat, automatic headlights, and maybe even push-to-start at the SE level (You have to go up to SEL to get these). Overall, the features and performance of this car make it a pleasure to drive, and I'd definitely recommend it over competition. keep in mind that I chose this car new over a used recent-model BMW 3-series :-)
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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great economy, lousy seat

by from Minneapolis, MN on April 23, 2012

Love the handling, the power even at highway speeds, generally a well designed car, and I average 40 mpg city/hwy. However, the driver seat is really uncomfortable for me and the dealership was of lit...
Love the handling, the power even at highway speeds, generally a well designed car, and I average 40 mpg city/hwy. However, the driver seat is really uncomfortable for me and the dealership was of little help in offering solutions. The ride is stiff and you feel every bump. I'll have to spend a lot of money to get a custom seat somewhere else. Other than that, if the reliability is good, it's an excellent workhorse-type car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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2012 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagon

by from Denver, CO on June 25, 2012

After ten years of Jetta TDI success, we chose the 2012 Jetta Sportwagon to commute 50 miles each way daily from the mountains DOWN to Denver. With the 6 speed it downshifts to hold on downgrades and ...
After ten years of Jetta TDI success, we chose the 2012 Jetta Sportwagon to commute 50 miles each way daily from the mountains DOWN to Denver. With the 6 speed it downshifts to hold on downgrades and easily climbs up to 9300 feet going home. MPG is way above 40 commuting and approaches 50 mpg on the flats when traveling. Creature comforts are spartan without full power seat movement and memory positions as options. Fog lights would help keep deer and elk off the hood, and a 4WD option would be assuring on the snow. But after commuting all week on a tank of fuel it is still ahead of the alternatives and has adequate hauling capacity for a long trip.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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