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This 2006-2010 iteration of the Jetta is larger and more expensive than its predecessor. While it also approached the family-sedan category in both price and interior room, high-quality interior appointments were still a strong suit. Power and handling were improved, but the ride is a bit stiffer.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard, available in rear from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2001. ESC available in 2003, standard from 2009.
Road Test

This 2006-2010 iteration of the Jetta is larger and more expensive than its predecessor. While it also approached the family-sedan category in both price and interior room, high-quality interior appointments were still a strong suit. Power and handling were improved, but the ride is a bit stiffer.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (200 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbodiesel (140 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 5 (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Volkswagen Jetta owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

“Multitude of electronics problems, mostly with the remote door locking system”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Head light burned out”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Tag light keeps blowing”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Replace 3x since we own car”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Warning light on dash. Very difficult to find issue unless you go to dealer. Cost a lot to find you have a 5 dollar bulb you rarely use burnt out”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Right front tire pressure monitor needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, DC (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Wiper Motor Transmission (who knew) failed”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Wiper fluid pump failed at around 90,000 miles”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

“Remote door lock malfunction”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure Unsure)
USB port

“The entire stereo system including Aux port is completely down. The estimate to fix is more than the vehicle is worth”

James C., NJ (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“front brakes needed to be replaced, hadn't been changed in almost 50,000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“The calipers on my parking break were somehow bent and stuck in the disengaged position. That prevented my parking break from working. That all seems reasonable, but I was very surprised to find that the repair cost me $800 at the dealer”

Michael B., PA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Right rear caliper for parking brake would not release”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“rear brakes need replacing every 40k, never had to replace fronts, even at 89k”

G G., VA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Parking brake stuck on one wheel and wore out rotor in a week. Had to disconnect to prevent wear”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Left rear brake wears much faster than any other. Attempts to get it repaired do not work, and we can't tell for several thoUSnd miles because the wear takes a while”

Michael W., CA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Rotors

“Experienced scoring of rotors by brake pads”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Radiator fans ran continuously. Replaced two fans and compressor for $1000”

Patricia C., CA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“It died”

Dennis H., MI (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“A/C would be very slow to come on, then would cool erratically. New compressor fixed problem, but was expensive”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

“Airflow mixer valve needed replacement”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Radiator leaks constantly, need to put water and antifreeze in it after each use”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure Unsure)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“had to replace most of the wiring harnesses in the vehicle in order to correct an ongoing ecm problem.Had to return to VW dealer 8 times before it was corrected”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

“warranty covered defective intake manifold”

Fred G., NY (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

“Replaced fuel pump”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“My car will knock/stutter when the fuel tank is low. I think this is a combination of sensor failure and ecs system failure”

James C., NJ (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“We have to warm up the car to get it to go into reverse. We need to replace the transmission, but the car's not worth the cost of the repair”

Julie W., NC (2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“doesn't like shifting into rverse”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“This slipping transmission seems to a common problem with an automatic Jetta. Cost to rebuild is more the car is worth”

Richard C., CT (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“oil leak next to sensor, abut $1000 to replace sensor and oil”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Pillars have a weird plastic that faded quickly and recently started flaking and peeling off”

Michael W., CA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Noticed "bubbles" in the paint in door jamb by seat after owning car less than 2 years. Dealer said it was caused by improper metal treatment prior to painting and repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“rusting all over the place...paint is pealing...everywhere”

Anonymous, NB (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Some minor rust through is appearing at the rear wheel body panel seams. Probably not cost effective to repair”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Wore oil seals in engine”

Arturo A., FL (2008 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Slow leak from vacuum pump has been identified - estimated repairf cost of $995. Declined for now”

Patricia C., CA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Rear seal on crankcase”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Oil leak cost over $1000.00 to repair. This is a common problem with this model of car. Dealer had to remove other components to access the leak”

Richard C., CT (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“The head started getting stuck so we traded it in last Monday for a VW Passat 2013”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Leaking head gasket found during routine service...replaced OK”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Timing belt was replaced as recommended before problems”

Charles J., NY (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

“The timing belt broke while I was driving. It had been replaced at 100000 miles so there was no reason for this to happen. I found out that many other people have had the same issue”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“During winter, snow fell inside of where door attaches to car. The snow formed an ice block and when I opened the door, the corner of the door bent back”

Sarah S., ME (2008 Volkswagen Jetta S Unsure)

“Rust along bottom back edge of trunk. Small area. One dealer refused to repair. Another replaced the entire trunk”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Two window mechanisms to lower and raise windows have failed”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“cooling reservoir cracked at point of hose”

Dean W., AZ (2008 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Moon roof gasket apparently leaking. Had to have replaced after water getting back seat wet if car was outside during a rain event”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE Unsure)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Rear main seal is leaking/very small drip”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“Coolant thermostat failed at around 100,000 miles”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“engine hesityation due to spark plug failure at 122000 miles”

Charles J., NY (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“axel boot dried out allowing dirt to enter and wreck axel, front left 4 months later same thing right side...but caught in time to have boot replaced before axel damaged”

Michael B., MA (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Suspension unable to cope with poor road conditions (ie road tax)”

Fred G., NY (2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The transmission sometimes kicked back when slowing or slowing/accelerating. There were small metal parts in the pan when my dealer opened the transmission. It was replaced in 2016 under a VW extended warranty I had purchased when the original VW warranty expired in 2012. The extended warranty had cost $1,900CDN and I only had to pay $230CDN for the replacement transmission (which would have otherwise cost me $5,230CDN)”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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