2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan User Reviews
Wolfsburg Edition shown
- $8,407 - $10,733
- gas, sporty, sound
- back leg room, a bit noisy when accelrating on the freeway
Purchased As New
i had a 2007 jetta s, saw this in the dealership, took it for a spin and loved it. after 20k miles, and 4 years later, car seems to run as if i just bought it. only complaints i have about it are the back seat leg room isn't so well, and that this year model didn't come out in a TDI which i was wanting, which came out the following year :(...read morehide
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- Material used in wheel wells.
Purchased As New
I have had this car since 7/08,have had many cars thru out the years,this is the 1st one I am absolutely in love with,I love it so much I actually do my own maintenance on it,my only complaint about it is the cheezy cardboard like underguts that are in the wheel wells and under the engine,they are held together by very tiny screws that appear to fall out....read morehide
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- German Handling and Safty, Excellent Finish Quality and Materials
- Factory Tires and touchy brakes,
I've owned my 2008 VW Jetta SE for just about a year now. Given the $20,000.00 asking price for the load of features that comes standared on the SE, It is absolutly the best value for the dollar you can find in a small car. I do work in the insurance industry and have seen countless claims presented do to auto accidents with a wide range of vehicles. I can say for a fact that VW Safe Happens slogan is genuine. I've seen first hand photos and damages from a few serious collisions involving this new body style from VW and have not seen some of the more serious injuries I've found with some other manufactures. This vehicle is one of, if not the safest vehicle in it's class. Fortunatly I have not had to have first hand experience regarding the safty features with my own VW. However having witnessed them however through my occupation however does fill me with confidence about my safty while driving. Regarding my VW, I drive about 45 miles a day back and forth to work and average 25 miles a gallon. (I fill up about every 300 miles). Seats are comfortable and the heated seats (standard) are a must in the midwest. Great handling and quality, Enging is a little loud (however I like that). My only complaint is the brakes are a little "grabby" yet i think lack some stopping power. Also the stock tires are terrible in bad weather and lack the grip that really shows off the German handling. With proper tires however, braking will likely improve. Overall It's a must consider option for anyone looking for a small car....read morehide
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- looks great, but it does not work. NONE
- I had problems since the first month. Many times I had to take it back to the dealer to have it fix.
I will never ever ever buy a volkswagen ever. I had problems with the power windows 3 times. Also I had problems with the coils more 5 times and still do, and then it jerks as I drive. I took it to the dealer and as soon as I left, it broke down right outside the dealer. All the people that I know, have he same problem and they will never buy....read morehide
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- performance, handling, value
- brake squeak, low-end torque
Great car for the money. I traded my '04 BWM 325i, 3 months ago. The VW is lighter, nimbler and a lot faster. The turbo has power to spare. The 6-speed manual transmission is reasonably smooth, and definitely fun. Heated seats and sunroof are standard. The trunk is surprisingly large and the rear seats fold down. Granted, this is not a BMW in terms of quality, but it costs a lot less, and dollar for dollar, it's a better deal.
I have a couple of small issues: The brakes squeak. I've driven stick for many years and stalling comes as a surprise. I've done it twice in traffic. You've got to put some revs on to move off a dead stop. Several folks have complained about bumping their right knee on the consol, but this has not bothered me at all.
90% of my driving is around town. I'm getting 25 mpg, which is fine.
I bought this car because of the price, and because it handles great and is fun to drive. And it is definitely fun to drive....read morehide
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- Great looks and handling. Fun car to drive.
- Little rough at times - TERRIBLE on gas. VERY DISSAPOINTING
I bought a new 2008 Jetta in March when gas starting increasing. I was looking for a little better mileage, considering I was driving a Hummer H3 at the time. Mostly I wanted a car that got decent mileage and was fun to drive to and from work.
Needless to say I was more than a little dissapointed when my new Jetta was getting only 2 more miles per gallon than my Hummer H3. I never got more thatn 17 miles to the gallon out of the 2.5L engine. I was so concened about it that I took it to the shop 3 times in it's first 3,000 miles to ask them about this. The response I got was that the window sticker info was an average of test vehicles and that the "range" was 16-22 city and 24-33 highway. I babied this car and drove it totally with fuel savings in mind and it did nothing of the sort.
I became even more frustrated with it when I realized on a trip to St Louis in our 2008 Yukon, that it averaged 19.4 miles per gallon on the whole trip and was averaging 19.2 in the city, according to the computer and gas fill up cheks I did personally.
Needless to say my gas savings idea with a small car proved to be useless. I'm now driving a used Chevrolet Silverado that is getting the same 16.8 mpg average the my Jetta was getting.
If fuel economy is high on your list, this is not the car for that. Great car, except that it's not great on gas....read morehide
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- Fun to drive, performance, comfort, trunk space, stereo, and european styling
- road noise, and center console is small.
If your looking for a perfomance car with plenty of room, that is well made, and has a european feel and look then the VW Jetta is your car. I test drove the Wolfsberg Jetta and I just fell in love with this car. First of all this car has the same engine as the Audi A4 (the 2.0 turbo 200hp). The only difference is that the Audi is rear wheel drive and the Jetta is front wheel drive. The transmission is smooth (i have the triptonic shifter) and fun to operate. This car is quick both from a stop and at top speeds you can still accelerate quickly past others. I had this car at 120mph on I-75 and it felt like I was doing 60mph. The car felt very stable and smooth. As for corning this car can handle it's own and out perform it's competition (honda civic, accord, and toyota camary, corolla). The interior is comfortable and the leatherette seats I actually think are nicer than real leather. The trunk is huge (I can fit my hockey bag, sticks, and tennis bag all in the trunk at the same time) and nicely constructed. The stereo is more than loud enough to make your ears ring. The sound is full and clear and the 6 disc cd changer is easy to use. From the exterior to the interior this car looks and feels all German. Crisp lines, attention to detail, safety first, and autobahn performance all wrapped in a nice neat package with an affordable price tag has me lovin the Jetta Wolfsberg Edition. This might be the best kept secret of German engineering. If your lookin for a performance sedan with a european influence that won't break your bank account give the Jetta a test drive you won't regret it....read morehide
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- I love my car, good fuel economy, a/c works like a charm.
- Synthetic Oil Change
My first Volkswagen ever, love the car, very happy with the choice I made. The air conditioning system and heating system is excellent. Driving in bad weather the tires grip the road especially when there is ice and snow to which in cars I previously owned did not drive with the confidence I do in this car....read morehide
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- Acceleration. Handling. Fuel Economy. Standard features
- Wide center console
My jetta Wolfsburg is fun. I test drove the Clubman S, Challenger, Charger, and Volvo c30. Only the clubman had more thrust, but the VW rides better. It feels like the BMW's I grew up on--the suspension has a nice blend of sporty and smooth. The Wolfsburg also comes with standard leather(ette) seats, sunroof, huge trunk and spoiler. I've had a blast toasting people at red lights using the shift-tronic (DGS), but the auto-trans is even quicker than I. In short, this car is FUN, and a decent value. the AC is a little slow, but gets the cabin cold, even in 90 degree heat. The biggest negative is that stupid, I mean stoopid, wide, hard plastic center console, which rubs my knee. I'm 6'1, so I've altered my sitting position, and am getting comfy (I also use a small pad, which is great). Don't let dealers charge close to sticker for this either!!--there are still plenty out there, it just takes a little work on your part, and you'll get a better price....read morehide
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