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knicks125
03-22-2005, 09:39 AM
Saw the new jetta at the local vw dealer last sat., 2.5L 150hp, auto, sunroof, leather, etc, 26k<p>not far from it sits a 05 Passat, about the same sticker price<p>my thoughts: the passat is of course bigger, a true family sedan, but the new jetta is more modern, especially the interior, although the passat still pretty nice looking, even with being a few years old now<p>Overall I'd have to give the edge to the current Passat, with the new Jetta not far behind. My only complaint on the new Jetta is on the price point, it's just too expensive for a compact sedan, but that's all<p>Which one would you choose? the 06 Jetta or the 05 Passat - Ignore the fact that the new Passat is coming soon (no you maynot choose that option <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> )<p>My vote goes to the Passat <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Santeno
03-22-2005, 09:59 AM
For a compact $26K is a tad too dear (save you money and go buy an altima). However if you must have one of those two cars, go for the jetta. The new passat will put a serious crimp on the resale value of the outgoing model which you are entertaining. That said, as with any newly introduced car, it is prudent to wait a good 6 months to a year after introduction to buy one. It allows time for obvious initial recalls and quality control problems to be resolved.

AM2
03-22-2005, 12:15 PM
One odd thing about the Jetta with its half-a-Lambo V10 engine...<br>You'd expect more power from its 2.5 liter inline-5 (150bhp).<br>Thats only 2bhp more than the Golf's non-turbo 2.0 FSI engine. <br> <br>Volvo's 2.4 liter inline-5 has 168bhp.

sc43018
03-23-2005, 03:20 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">For a compact $26K is a tad too dear (save you money and go buy an altima). </TD></TR></TABLE><br>what does an altima have over a jetta or passat? I love the car, dont get me wrong, but the germans can make a car handle in that sporty way that the japanese have to figure out

Santeno
03-23-2005, 03:50 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sc43018</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>what does an altima have over a jetta or passat?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>A lot more car for the money, and in this case, less money.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sc43018</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">but the germans can make a car handle in that sporty way that the japanese have to figure out</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Please, please go test drive a car or read a book about them, for you obviously know nothing about modern FWD vehicle performance. The japanese, toyota and Honda in particular (in that order), make some of the best balanced sporty FWD vehicles anywhere (we are talking about FWD vehicles, look at the first post).

AM2
03-23-2005, 04:10 PM
VW says they want to position the new Jetta against the larger mid-size Accord and Camry.<br>Isn't that supposed to be the job of the Passat?<br>Go for the Jetta... by the way, ever considered a Volvo S40 2.4?

CalinG7
03-23-2005, 05:54 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AM2</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">VW says they want to position the new Jetta against the larger mid-size Accord and Camry.<br>Isn't that supposed to be the job of the Passat?<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You can't get much more screwed up than VW brand positioning. Though the Jetta's just as big as a Corrola it will now compete with the Camry. So the Passat, which itself is still smaller than the Camry will compete with, what, the Avalon. Does VW think that just because they say something should do this or that, it will?

knicks125
03-24-2005, 07:56 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CalinG7</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>You can't get much more screwed up than VW brand positioning. Though the Jetta's just as big as a Corrola it will now compete with the Camry. So the Passat, which itself is still smaller than the Camry will compete with, what, the Avalon. Does VW think that just because they say something should do this or that, it will? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Agreed, VW is in its dark ages...times should be rough for the execs.<p>Oh BTW, just to be clear, I am not buying either of these two cars. Maybe I didn't make it clear, the purpose of this thread is to find out your thoughts on the new Jetta. Please vote between the two choices and discuss your reasonings, I do not need recommendations for another car in this thread, thank you!

taskbearer
05-17-2005, 05:57 PM
The outgoing passat has always been dare to my heart for its prestige carlike styling, probably the most beautiful VW since the ghia designed coupe of the 60's. <p>The new jetta looks good too if not as pretty and elegant as the passat, but the pricing is a mess. The engine is the biggest dissapointment VW has ever created. Even the first generation golf VR5 with the same capacity produced 20hp more. They thought of saving cost by adding 1 more cylinder to an achaiec engine and claim its half of a gallardo...quit the gallardo bull****. Then pricing the car so high. The car is a good car, but the pricing is way out of place.<p>Emotionally I would take the passat, but like santeno pointed out, residual vales also matter so that would sway me towards the jetta. If I end up buying the jetta, I would be the most unsatisfied car buyer in the world, knowing full well that I could have gotten something much better for less............read VOLVO S40.

syclone
05-18-2005, 09:32 AM
the new jetta is still a chick car. i think they will have no problem finding plenty of female buyers, though the price is a bit high... might be good for v6 mustang and eclipse sales.