2006 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
There are 16 user reviews for the Value Edition 2.5L trim shown below
- Amazing design with all the lux trimmings
This is a car that I would seriously recommend to anyone in the market for the Honda Accord 4DR sedan class of vehicles or smaller. My wife and I were really reluctant to switch from our Honda Accord EX (we have been Honda/Toyota people for about 20 years). We made the switch for two main reasons: 1) the Honda sales strategy was driven by corporate pricing and had no incentives for people with decent credit, and 2) the pricing for Hondas and Toyotas in the Accord/Camry/Avalon class of cars was just too much for what you get. The VW Jetta has a 5 star all around safety rating, comes with all luxury features (power everything, keyless entry that is tuned to your car, upgraded anti-theft protection package, etc.), and the German's have paid great attention to detial like the the stick shift area is lighted by two red lights so that you can look down and still not lose your night vision. It is an increadible car, we paid about 40 dollars over the lowest MSRP rating which was a little disappointing because we are used to negotiating at least a couple of thousand off of the price, but our research showed that in this trim version they didn't build in a lot of room to move. It is a great little car...peppy, sporty and really easy on the eyes....read morehide
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- Value for money, good engine power, good fuel economy, good interior features
- Lack of average MPG displays, rough engine starts
I bought the VW Jetta 2006 Value Edition 6AT about 2 months back and I am very satisfied with it so far. The car has most features of a luxury car and I got an excellent deal. I qualified for the college grad program and I got my first car payment free. There was a minor issue with my rear view mirror cracked on the 2nd week of car purchase. But it was replaced under warranty and problem was solved. Other than that I've not had any other incidents. I commute about 80 miles everyday and I get a pretty decent mileage of 25-27 MPG. 90 % my commute is in city. I've also got lesser MPG (22), it really depends on how I drove during that fuel period.
It is important to buy the car from a good/big dealer. It took 2 days for me to get a replacement rear view mirror. I dont know how long it takes for other parts. Most of the car parts come from Germany/Mexico.
As for the rough engine starts, it takes a few seconds to calm down. I dont really care about it much. Usually I warm up by driving the car in manual mode and shifting the gears up when I hit about 2000 rpm. Once the engine reaches operating temperature, I shift to automatic transmission and drive normally.
I gave 3 for comfort because the space to put your left leg while drive is very cramped. We really cant strech the leg as much as we strech the right leg. Since I'm tall I find this uncomfortable.
The rear appearance of the car looks very much like Corolla. I noticed long after I bought my car. I wanted a little bit unique!
Important points to note before buying:
1. If you qualify for college grad program, make sure (double check) with your dealer to see if you bought the car in College Grad program. Sometimes, if your credit is good, they put you in normal program and you lose your first free payment. Its a hassle to re-enroll in college grad program
2. There is an optional ESP (electronic stability program) that comes with VW Jetta Value Edition (for about 250$ more). I took it and it proved its worth a couple of times.
3. Make sure to take a test drive in a Value Edition car so that you dont get disappointed when you see some stuff missing in your car as compared to a normal priced Jetta....read morehide
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- Excellent Car!
- Just don't have an accident!
My car was involved in an accident while it was parked in the parking lot of my apartment complex. The incident happened on October 12, 2005. At the time I was the proud owner of a 2005 VW Jetta. I purchased the car on April 9th as a birthday gift to my self.
On or about the 19th of October, my insurance adjuster called me to inform me of the damage and told me that the work on my car would be completed within 14-16 days. Just past the 16th day I was informed by Koons VW that the part needed to complete the work on my car was on back order AND that the part was not available any where in the country.
28 days into the use of the rental issued by my insurance company I was informed that my time was up and that I needed to turn the rental in. I informed the adjuster of the situation and he told me that it was out of the insurance company's hands and that they would no longer be covering me for the rental. I called the dealer and they told me that there was nothing that they could do because my car was at the dealer due to an accident not for a recall or scheduled servicing. Needless to say, I was PISSED! I was like that's BS! I agree that the car was initially there through no fault of your own; but that is not the case NOW! It is not my fault that the part is not available. That is the fault of VW.
I was advised to call VW-USA and I did. The customer service rep informed me that I could pay for the rental and "maybe" be reimbursed after I sent them the reciepts...I was floored and explained to the woman on the phone that I did not have the resources for anything like that. I had used any surplus funds that I had paying for the insurance provided by the rental company(that is another story in it's self). In any event, VW-USA agreed to cover me just until the part was delivered to the dealership...which would mean that I would be without the car while the part was being installed. Thanks to the Manager of the parts department, that would not be the case. He assured me that I would be able to keep the rental until my car was ready.
October, November, AND December came and almost went before the part arrived from either Germany or Mexico. As they are about to assemble the car they come to the realization that the screws needed to attach my bumper have been LOST! I was livid to say the least. I was assued that even if they had to take a loaner car apart to get the needed screws my car would be ready by the end of the week....NOT!!! My car was taken for a test drive and an airbag light came on...UGH!!!
On December 23rd I went to take a look at my car and was enraged by what I saw. The bumper was not attached correctly, there were still scratches that needed to be buffed out, and a few other things that I had to call to their attention. I was informed at that time that the air bag needed to be replaced and that it would hopefully be there the following week...NOT! I was told on December 28th that there were none in the country and that AGAIN, "hopefully" the part would be at the dealer on AGAIN, "the following week"...NOT!
Here we are 99 days after the car was towed into the dealership and I STILL DON'T HAVE MY CAR!!!!! TODAY, I received yet ANOTHER call stating that the air bag would, "tentatively" be at the dealership by the end of the month or the beginning of February...WTF!?!?!? The airbag has not even reached the plant yet and because is is considered hazordus material it has to be shipped and delivered in a special manner.
Ya'll, I don't even want the car any more.....read morehide
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- Upscale, bigger, quieter, better transmission, 5 cyl engine, seating position
- Honda-like bounce at slow speeds, tiny armrest, cold engine sounds weird.
Remember the 1991 Audi 90 sedan? It's back! That is essentially what the new Jetta Value Edition has become. The Audi 90 punched 164hp on a 20v 5cyl. This new Jetta gives us 150hp on the 20v 5cyl. Hmmm....
Some people compare it to the Camry-Accord club rather than the Corolla-Civic, but you can't really compare VW's to anything but other european cars. That is why VW changed the 2006 Jetta in a way where they can pull in some Honda, Toyota customers since the huge Jetta cult in the USA is obviously tapped out. The most thought-provoking comment recieved about my Jetta what from a business friend who said it looks like his Acura TL. We parked it side-by-side to see the possible similarities. Tapered tail lights, clean edges, side profile, smooth paint job, like a Acura. So such comments is consistent with what VW is trying to pull off.
I went for the Value Edition because options and packages push the Jetta sticker price to $25-28,000 very quickly, and ONLY the Value Edition has CLOTH interior; the higher models are all "Leatherette" vinyl or geniune leather.
I walked straight to the dealers back lot and found a silver Value Edition, wrapped in plastic, with the 6sp Tiptronic transmission, stability control, rear airbags, and the new Vision 17-inch alloy wheels. (The Value Ed is already nicely equipped with power windows, locks, mirrors, keyless, cruise, alarm, height-adjust, right down to a cooler in the glove box.) $21,900 sticker price; I haggled-down for a military discount, VW loyalty discount (traded in my old Jetta), and a modest dealer discount to help with the alloy wheels. Final Price approx $20,000 less trade-in.
FYI: 6 speed auto trans is made in Japan; very smooth and responsive. Tiptronic switch to manual kicks butt. Why get a Benz C-Class at this point?
Verdict: Stick to the Value Edition if you're gonna get nickel & dime in your search for deals. The Value Ed. is already nicely equipped and has a great engine....read morehide
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- Goods fuel economy, rides great, good brake sytem
This is my third Volkswagon, I love the new look, my car rides great and gets good mileage. I love the power my car has and the new light with the VW in the bulb makes all my friends look. I love my new Volswagon Jetta.
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- Excellent fuel economy, superb safety and true "Fahrvergn�gen"
My wife and I spent over a month looking and comparing different cars in the (what I would term) the large-compact segment. The vehicles that we considered were the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Ford Focus and VW Golf.
Our principle comparison criteria included safety, fuel economy, and quality. I did want a certain level of features (power locks, power windows, A/C, etc.) but beyond those features are not particularly important to me. I should mention that I am the primary driver of this car.
We ended up buying the VW Jetta 2006 VE after a test drive when we went to the VW dealer to buy the Golf. We had decided on VW, but just on a whim we drove the Jetta to see what it was like. I loved the car instantly. We ended up buying the very Jetta we test drove the same evening.
The car is fun drive, well built and the safety is excellent. The active and passive safety features in the base model are unbeatable. The VE offered all the features we wanted (and none that we didn't) for a very reasonable price. The fuel economy is another pleasant surprise. I am presently achieving 27-28 MPG.
The buying experience at the dealership was also fantastic. They offered a very fair trade value for the previous vehicle w/o any hassle. The car was purchased at VW Burnsville, MN....read morehide
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