Good vehicle, but some design issues
December 2, 2018
I've owned and driven VW vehicles for years, so please keep this in mind when I list off the issues that are isolated only to this version of the jetta:
1. The wiper motors will freeze up.
Drainage is very poor in this particular design, and every winter I have to chip out ice, or drive unsafely with no front wipers. If you take it in to VW, they'll pull your car into a heated bay and leave it for over an hour before they choose to "inspect" it, then they'll say there is no problem, after everything has melted.
2. The rear end will rattle.
Yes, rattle. Constantly every time you hit a bump. I've asked several times, there is a recall on the rear end of the 2013 jetta, but since I haven't had any rear end damage, I can't exercise that recall apparently. It rattles when you go over speed bumps.
3. S mode on an automatic is not worth using.
Just waste your gas, just for slightly smoother shifting. This really only would appeal to someone trying to race (a jetta????) or someone who gets extremely motion sick
Overall, I like the car. It's reliable, runs well, decent on gas (not in sport mode), and the engine should last me without any problems. But it's certainly not as solid as the old early 2000's jettas.