Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Jetta saloon?
There's little information available regarding reliability, but given their shared mechanical underpinnings, the Jetta is likely to be afflicted by the MkV Golf's gremlins.
There have been reports of timing belt tensioners failing on the 1.6-litre petrol engines, while diesel fuel pumps have been prone to leaking. A few cars have required steering rack repairs. Drivers of the MkV Golf have also complained of minor electric problems and headlight faults.
A thorough check of all electrical components, including the air-con, is essential. Check that manual gearboxes change smoothly and that there is no hint of clutch slip. There have been no major recalls on the Jetta, but keep an eye out for these at www.vosa.gov.uk as they may arise.