2006 Jetta 2.0T
Reliability: No problems yet. Oil every 5k miles and the usual. Had
an airbag fault light go on in the second month, day at the shop fixed
it under warranty. Other than that no problems. Up to 32k miles, but
beware the back brakes...as you've probably heard by now, you won't
get more than 25k out of em. Still tons of pad on the fronts, but the
Handling Accel. Yep, as the other poster said: FAST. Still blows me
away how effortless the accelleration is, especially when you are
doing 70 and blip, you're at 90. I have the DSG and after 2 yrs I can
feel the shifts, but it took a while...very very smooth. My sis had a
2002 1.8T tiptronic, and the difference between this one and her's is
unbelievable. No lag, no spin up, just vroom. Test drive one.
Oh, have the 17 inch wheels which also makes a difference in the
handling. Little rougher than the 16's but I like it. Try em both.
Braking: no complaints on stopping power. Not as agressive as an
Audi TT (thought I would put myself thru the windshield) but *very*
Steering: I learned to drive on a Buick LeSabre Wagon (ugh). I feel
your pain with the steering... I *love* the feel on the Jetta.
Tracks very straight, and just 'heavy' enough. None of the "spin the
wheel with your finger" crap. Not at all. You feel connected and
Interior: Personally, I'd rather have the cloth seats, but I've
gotten used to whatever the fake leather interior is. Folks riding
with me like it well enough too. Not too luxurious...but definitley
feels above its price point. Mine came with the MFD on the dash with
all the bells and whistles...(long story short, they sold me the wrong
car first time around, and to get me the features I wanted, I wound up
getting some extra stuff gratis) I could do without the MFD, but I
*have* come to appreciate the volume/tuning buttons on the steering
wheel. I never touch the radio anymore. Overall, clusters are
functonal, if slightly busy, and definitely looks "good" compared to
Buick-type chintz (gee, are those vents going to fall out of the
dash?). You don't feel like you are in a plane cockpit either with a
million lights and switches.
BTW, heated seats....never thought I'd use em (another freebie) but
damn, I've come to like em!
New vs Used. Got mine new, probably will save a chunk getting it
used, but your mileage may vary. Don't know enough about it to be
able to say anything definitive.
Driving around LA (either doing 85+ or zero) I would regularly get
25-27 per gallon. Lots of stop and go in there. With gas going thru
the roof the last few months I've been taking it easier and keeping it
around 70 and it's more like 32 per gallon. Still a lot of stop and
go in there tho.
All in all, I *LOVE* the thing. Fast, great handling, very smooth,
solid feel, and easy to fit a bunch of people and go for a trip. Oh
yeah, post 2005 they somehow altered the fabric of spacetime inside
the trunk. It's like there's an extra dimension in there. It's huge!