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2014 Jetta 4 year review #4701221
03/20/18 09:10 PM
03/20/18 09:10 PM
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FL, USA
gregk24 Online content OP
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Hello BITOG crowd! I hope everyone has had a good day. I just wanted to get on and write a quick review of my wife's 2014 Jetta. She has had it for over 4 years now so I would like to share our experience.

This Jetta replaced her original which was totaled in an accident. Some notable differences between the old (2013) Jetta and her current one are the 1.8T which replaced the old 2.5 inline 5 cylinder that was in previous models from 2013 and back, as well as fully independent suspension. The MKVI Jetta's before the 2014 model year were equipped with a rear torsion beam. The fully independent set up noticeably improves ride quality and handling.

I will start by staying it has been a great little car. It currently has over 36,000 miles and has been very trouble free. The only true repair has been the ignition cylinder that got sticky and made removing the key difficult. That has gone bad twice, both times it was replaced under warranty with little fuss. VW even gave us a rental car for the time it was in the shop. Early on in the ownership there was a software update for the transmission programming that improved smoothness from a take off. Before the update the car would hesitate then "lurch" forward from a stand still. For some reason VW had these programmed from the factory with some sort of disconnect every time you came to a stop. I am sure they did this for fuel economy reasons but it didn't make for smooth acceleration from a stop. Anyway, that was "fixed" right away by a software update. Other than that the car has had no real issues.

There are a lot of things I like about the car, but one of the most notable things would be the power it offers, especially for the class of car it falls into. Keep in mind the Jetta competes with the Corolla, Civic, Elantra, Cruise etc. In my opinion it does surpass these rivals at least in this area. The 1.8T is the same one that VW puts in the Passat (a full size sedan), so the 170 HP and 184 ft lbs of torque move the Jetta out very nicely. Peak torque hits at just 1500 RPM. It also returns very good MPG, we seem to average 26 MPG even with extreme short trips. Her work is very close to home, less than a mile in fact.

We both find it very comfortable to drive / ride in. The seats are comfortable on short and long drives and the steering and throttle response are well...quick to respond. Very little input is required for the desired response. Steering FEEL on the other hand leaves a bit to be desired, but that is to be expected with electric steering. If I have to complain about one area in the driving dynamics department it would be breaking. The breaks are quick to grab so around town stopping is a breeze, but if you have to stop quickly I find I have to press pretty hard on the pedal. My daily driver is the Accord, a larger car, so I am assuming the Jetta just has smaller brakes by comparison. They just feel a bit weak on a hard stop.

Fit in finish seems top notch, everything fits together nicely and there are hardly any squeaks or rattles. The whole car feels very solid in ride and construction.

Of course this is BITOG so I have to say a word about maintenance. We have followed the maintenance schedule according to the owners manual up to this point, with the exception of oil changes. The dealer changes the oil and filter once a year or every 10K miles per the manual, but I change the oil half way through that interval so the oil is in fact being changed every 5K. We plan to keep the car long term so I feel having fresh oil in the sump will keep the turbo happy. I always use Castrol Edge 0w40, and when the dealer maintenance expires I will use OEM oil filters as well.

That is pretty much it, just wanted to share our experience with VW. I have always been a Honda fan boy but after this car I also have some VW blood in my veins. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about our ownership.




2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: gregk24] #4701231
03/20/18 09:23 PM
03/20/18 09:23 PM
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Thanks for the review.

However-on BITOG there isn't a lot of love for VW's.


Unless it's a 1967 Beetle-those cars where you couldn't here the person in the passenger seat talk to you.......

Last edited by CKN; 03/20/18 09:23 PM.
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: gregk24] #4701253
03/20/18 09:44 PM
03/20/18 09:44 PM
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Southeast Texas
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Southeast Texas
Thanks Greg. Great review. I very nearly bought one myself in 2015. I think they are good "bang for the buck", and very stylish too. Hope you enjoy it for years to come.

Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: gregk24] #4701263
03/20/18 09:54 PM
03/20/18 09:54 PM
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Texas (south)
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Not to be a smart aff but my Nissan Versa, a cheaper car with roll down windows and manual transmission, has been more reliable than your German-engineered Jetta. Mine has 60k miles.

Last edited by FermeLaPorte; 03/20/18 09:54 PM.

Always Mobil 1
2014 1.6L Nissan Versa Sedan, 5 spd, 5k OCI.
2011 3.5L Chevrolet Impala, Automatic, 5k OCI.
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: FermeLaPorte] #4701279
03/20/18 10:04 PM
03/20/18 10:04 PM
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FL, USA
gregk24 Online content OP
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FL, USA
Originally Posted By: FermeLaPorte
Not to be a smart aff but my Nissan Versa, a cheaper car with roll down windows and manual transmission, has been more reliable than your German-engineered Jetta. Mine has 60k miles.


Glad it has served you well!


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: gfh77665] #4701280
03/20/18 10:04 PM
03/20/18 10:04 PM
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FL, USA
gregk24 Online content OP
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Originally Posted By: gfh77665
Thanks Greg. Great review. I very nearly bought one myself in 2015. I think they are good "bang for the buck", and very stylish too. Hope you enjoy it for years to come.


Great bang for the buck for sure.


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: gregk24] #4701299
03/20/18 10:30 PM
03/20/18 10:30 PM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
Hmmm... VW my niece has and a friend's daughter has a Versa. This makes me want to ask 'em both.

Price needs to be considered.

Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: gregk24] #4701325
03/20/18 11:00 PM
03/20/18 11:00 PM
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
Good review. thumbsup
VW certainly makes a lot of BITOGers run away, although Chrysler makes them run away crying LOL The base models with little gadgets, tend to be quite solid and reliable. Even the GTIs are quite solid. I think it's the uniqueness of their TDI models that got them bad reputation for the most part, well and maybe the old 1.8T with the small sump and exhaust running under it, and people not using the recommended oil.


2015 Dodge Grand Caravan-27k miles.
2006 Mazda 3-163k miles
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: FermeLaPorte] #4701341
03/20/18 11:42 PM
03/20/18 11:42 PM
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KS
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Originally Posted By: FermeLaPorte
Not to be a smart aff but my Nissan Versa, a cheaper car with roll down windows and manual transmission, has been more reliable than your German-engineered Jetta. Mine has 60k miles.
*starts the slow clap*


17 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T
15 Honda CRV 2.4
12 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0
01 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: gregk24] #4701344
03/20/18 11:45 PM
03/20/18 11:45 PM
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Also my 2012 Jetta had the ignition cylinder replaced last summer. It got so bad it was hard to turn off and on, at one point it took me a couple minutes. Obviously they are having problems with the cylinders.


17 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T
15 Honda CRV 2.4
12 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0
01 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: gregk24] #4701345
03/20/18 11:46 PM
03/20/18 11:46 PM
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Posts: 17,215
Michigan
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Nice looking car there!

Simple, but good cars... smile


Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

Henry Ford
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: FermeLaPorte] #4701402
03/21/18 02:32 AM
03/21/18 02:32 AM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 10,886
Phoenix, AZ
Nick1994 Online content
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Originally Posted By: FermeLaPorte
Not to be a smart aff but my Nissan Versa, a cheaper car with roll down windows and manual transmission, has been more reliable than your German-engineered Jetta. Mine has 60k miles.
With a frown on your face the whole time.

No one buys a VW expecting it to be a 100% trouble free appliance. They buy them because they handle, drive, and perform nice.

Guys: Did I just defend a VW? grin2


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 86k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: Nick1994] #4701412
03/21/18 03:26 AM
03/21/18 03:26 AM
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Posts: 3,257
Central Virginia
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Originally Posted By: FermeLaPorte
Not to be a smart aff but my Nissan Versa, a cheaper car with roll down windows and manual transmission, has been more reliable than your German-engineered Jetta. Mine has 60k miles.
With a frown on your face the whole time.

No one buys a VW expecting it to be a 100% trouble free appliance. They buy them because they handle, drive, and perform nice.

Guys: Did I just defend a VW? grin2


I was thinking that myself. It would be punishment for me to drive 60K in a Versa. My Chrysler junk has been pretty decent, though and fun to drive.


12 Chevy Silverado ext. cab LS, 2WD 4.3 auto
18 Mustang GT 5.0 auto
07 Harley Dyna Street Bob 96 c.i. 6 sp.
00 Mustang GT auto
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: gregk24] #4701448
03/21/18 05:47 AM
03/21/18 05:47 AM
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Posts: 3,123
Coastal South Carolina
edwardh1 Online happy
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report again on repairs when car has another 100k on it please.


These products are all new every year?? They are a revolution!!! Razor blades, mens shirts, TVs, wiper blades, gutter guards, hearing aids... according to the ads. But also all new last year
Re: 2014 Jetta 4 year review [Re: gregk24] #4701451
03/21/18 05:53 AM
03/21/18 05:53 AM
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Posts: 21,741
Orlando, FL
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Yeah 36,000 miles is very little.

Good for OP that their VW is a good car.

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