Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,031 - $23,800
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
100-200
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,031 - $23,800
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
100-200
Seats
5

2004 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Reviews

4.02

56 Reviews

32% 41% 23% 4% 1 star 0%

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2004 VW Jetta gls at with ac, heated seats and moonroof and monsoon radio.

This automatic transmission vehicle has a moonroof, heated leather seats, air conditioning, factory installed OnStar, and original equipment sound system which features radio, CD player and a tape player! This 4 cylinder gas powered engine is powerful, and the transmission shifts smoothly. The seats adjust for driver height, along with a telescoping steering wheel. The trunk is very spacious and has room for a full sized spare tire. The windshield wipers have a heated setting for winter. Also, the car has esp and traction control. The windshield is factory installed tinted, along with factory installed tinted side windows. These are not privacy tinted windows, but this factory installed feature helps to keep the car cool in summer and allows the air conditioning to work more efficiently. The moon roof slides to open at various degrees, but it also has a tilt feature so that you can have fresh air in the car while parked, with the sunshade closed for privacy. This feature is also a good safety feature while travelling with a pet, although one should never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle. The headrests are angle adjustable and height adjustable. The middle console, which is also an arm rest, however, is poorly designed. It raises up too high and is in the driver's way. However, it does flip up and out of the way, but is still in the way if one has pets in carriers in the back seat and you want to reassure them while travelling. There is an adaptor kit available from Volkswagen that can remove this console and replace it with a flat coin holder. I would get that someday and have only a certified technician do the work. The windshield visors have a slide lighted mirror. This is the last model year for a traditional looking and traditional size Jetta, which is why I bought it. The new Jettas are too big, have poor visibility and do not even look or feel like Volkswagens. This car, however, has a traditional look and feel and is made with much higher quality materials than the newer Volkswagens. This is a great model. I have found it to be reliable so far, even though I bought it used. I did have to replace the heated seat switch and sometimes the thermostat for the heated seats is too hot or not hot enough, but to replace that would be to replace the element in the seat, and that would be too expensive, so I just turn the temperature levels up or down as needed. Had to replace the catalytic converter, because previous owner tried to modify it. This is a nice car inside and out and comfortable to drive.

- De D

2004 Volkswagen Jetta = ol' reliable.

The 2004 Volkswagen Jetta has been a good car for me. I bought it used from a private seller about 8 years ago. Words that come to mind when trying to describe this vehicle would be: reliable, safe, and simple. Now, I realize that those adjectives may not sound incredible, but I would contend that the '04 Jetta would be an excellent choice for someone whose situation was just like mine. This vehicle is simple in that it gets the job done without overcomplicating things; it is got a terrific safety rating and the car feels solid and heavy on the road (i.e. It could get in an accident and keep the driver inside protected); and lastly, it is just a good, reliable car. You can trust it to get you from A to B and you are not going to hate the experience, especially if it is a manual transmission. The only problems that I have had with it are the usual wear and tear maintenance issues. But, seeing as how those are pretty normal, I wouldn't say that I have had to put a great deal into this car; at 142, 000 miles, I have still not had to replace anything major. I will be driving this car till the wheels fall off.

- Gray H

2004 VW Jetta gli is the most reliable and fun car to have as a young person.

I love Volkswagen for many reasons. One reason is because of how reliable the brand, and specifically this car, is. I haven't had any major problems with the car and it has held its weight. The interior still smells like the soothing crayon smell. As far as the engine, it holds is 200 hp rather well with a stage 1 upgrade. I love the 2004 gli a lot because it is a nice foundation to build from. It is a very fun car and I would recommend this to any college students wanting fun and reliability.

- Jonah B

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$2,747 - $5,114
$2,031 - $4,398

Horsepower

Horsepower
100 - 180 hp
100 - 180 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L SOHC SMPI I4 engine
1.9L SOHC EFI I4 turbo
1.8L DOHC SMPI 20
1.8L DOHC SMPI 20
2.0L SOHC SMPI I4 engine
1.9L SOHC EFI I4 turbo
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.5 in.
41.5 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.6 in.
37.4 - 37.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
33.5 in.
33.5 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.9 - 38.1 in.
36.5 - 37 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13 cu. ft.
13 cu. ft.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
98.9 - 99 in.
98.9 - 99 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.8 ft.
35.8 ft.

Length

Length
172.3 - 173.6 in.
172.3 - 173.6 in.

Width

Width
68.3 in.
68.3 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2895 - 3170 .lbs
2934 - 3291 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
100 - 180 hp
100 - 180 hp

Torque

Torque
122 - 177 ft. lbs.
122 - 177 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
23 - 30 mpg
23 - 30 mpg

City

City
22 - 24 mpg
22 - 24 mpg

Highway

Highway
29 - 31 mpg
29 - 31 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety