I had a good time, but there has been better
It's funny how things can just seem to sneak up on you. This can happen for many reasons, be it because the schedule's too full, or the fanfare isn't as loud as expected. Waterfest, for the VWvortex crew this year, suffered from a little bit of both. With the recent forum changes, and trying to get things ironed out, we were certainly busy enough. But the more interesting fact is the latter reason, the fanfare. After a quick browse through the forums in the weeks preceding the event, there didn't seem to be the same amount of buzz about the show as in years past. Nevertheless, we packed our project GTI up with tents and 500 t-shirts and hit the road for New Jersey.
Daily: '08 R32 -- Wifes: '08 Audi A3 -- Sunny Days: '90 Corrado
2Ø11 Candy-Weiß Golf 6 2,0 6-Gang DPF TDI BLUEMOTION Technologies™ Highline 4-Türen ▀ 2Ø11 Tornadorot Jetta 6 2,5 Highline 4-Türen ▀ Ø8 Deep Blau Perleffekt Golf 5 .:R32 3,2 DSG 4-MOTION™ 3-Türen ▀ Ø8 Tornadorot Passat 3C Variant Highline 2,0 TFSI ▀ Ø6 Tornadorot Golf 5 GTI 2,0 DSG TFSI 3-Türen ▀ Ø2 Indigo Blau Perleffekt Passat 3BG Trendline 1,8T 4-Türen
I hate to be a debbie downer, but this has to be one of the most bland and uninspired designs I have yet to see come from VW.
How far downmarket has the jetta come? Painted rear drum brakes? Glued on body additions? Tractor-like ride height? Rear twist-beam suspension? Wow... what happened to moving technology forward?
It's sad to see VW decontenting and pushing their products downmarket in the pursuit of their business aspirations. I understand the rationale, but for those of us who like the brand/product and what differentiates it from the background of mediocrity, this just sucks. I have always been happy to pay a premium for a VW over the competition, because there was value for the extra cost. Now, is there any reason to buy this jetta over say, a civic or corolla?
I'll be demonstrating my lack of interest in the brand next time around.
What the hell got lost in translation?
Last edited by Preppy; 07-22-2010 at 02:00 PM.
That looks awful. The skirts looked tacked on - tacky and the front of the car seems just so bland, uninspired even downright unfinished in photos. Looks like an inital sketch. The Scion (the truck, not the coupe) corssed my mind just now looking at the front. The back is an A4 copy, as we know. The only elements I like are teh creases at the top and bottom of the doors, that run along the side. I guess grafting the GTI bumper, lights and grilles to the front will help make a GLI, but I don't know...admittedly I am not a Jetta guy, but at this point I would say that any of the first 5 generations is a better-looking car than this.
I would have to agree with everyone on here. The only reason I came into this "coverage" forum was to bitch about this horrible departure of vw from the crowd that supports it, and I realized in the couple posts here everyone has hit the nail on the head. Those drums just make me want to puke. This explains and confirms the rationale of why every VW I buy continues to be older, because VW is failing to move the company in the right direction.
my stock mk4 Golf finally had rear discs .. thought we left drums behind with mk3.
i have love for mk3s too but I'm not a Jetta guy, can't find a pic I like
As far as the mk6 .. or NMS, whatever ... definately is 'uninspired' to say the least.
The leap from mk5 --> mk6 (both golf and Jetta) is, in my opinion, the least substantial / most poorly executed model change in VW's A-series history.
I don't have a problem with the rear drums, much less the torsion beam rear - the latter worked pretty well through the first 4 generations of Golf/Jetta. These are the steps to make it cheaper to build and cheaper to sell...what I don't like is the blandness...
Last edited by 1979GTI16V; 07-22-2010 at 11:06 PM.
Is VW having an indentity crisis? This new Jetta especially with the fugly black wheels, tacked-on "effects" and, if true, rear drum brakes, has to be VW's attempt to draw customers from Nissan, Toyota and the Koreans.
My gut tells me to decry this effort, but then my head tells me that VW must believe that growth will not come from a vocal but small group (like those of us who write and read here.) Folks participating here and on AudiWorld, other brand name blogs, etc, are certainly important to the manufacturers; but, I suspect we represent a relatively insignificant minority from a financial perspective.
We're zealots. If, collectively, we were to put our money where our mouths are, well, MAYBE our posts would carry some weight. As it stands, apparently, we have a lot less "juice" than the potential VW must see in attempting to lure new customers away from the usual suspects noted above.
One way to do this is to figure out a way to increase form, reduce substance, appear to increase content all the while doing everything possible NOT to increase the cost. Solid rear ends, drum brakes and stick-'em-on effects for the cognoscenti (but not really for THEM 'cause they know better, actually the tarted up presentation is for the faux-cognoscenti) seem to be the formula du jour.
Drive the IMAGE (with the proletariat) up while simultaneously actually dumbing down the actual product -- neat trick if you can get away with it.
I predict this new Jetta will be popular (this is a version specifically dumbed down for us 'Mericans, yes?)
It may go, stop and handle far below its potential. But just remember, good is the enemy of great -- just ask all those companies who built cars better than Toyotas only to find that Toyota cleaned their clocks (sales-wise.)
In other words, "We have met the enemy and he is us!"
Drive it like you live.
you purists forget that this whole 'rear drum' move is about making a car that is as low of an entry level vehicle for for those looking to get into a vw. So yes its pretty obvious that this is about as watered down as this car can get.
Also, do you guys really think that the average buyer will push their 100hp 2.0 car to its limits that require going beyond an mk4-like torsion beam and MK3 rear drum brake? ..If it worked then, why not now?
besides, those of you know that vw will offer an IRS in higher platform trim levels that will be on par with the 2.0 and the TSI, and TDI...........
This car makes me want to cry. As someone already mentioned, the body kit looks cheap and tacked on, just like all the garbage from Toyota. The drum brakes are completely unacceptable on a modern car. This is not the 1980s. True, Toyota and Honda and GM use drums, but they all make pedestrian appliances that put safety at the bottom of the list. I will never buy a car with drum brakes, ever, for any reason. Period. Drum brakes=no sale. VW wake up! You will gain neophyte customers, but will lose the core people who loved the tight German dynamics that the brand was built on. Growth at any cost is not the answer. Appalling to say the least. Simply disgusting.
The GLI will come with a multi-link rear suspension.
This is your personal preference. Once again, the average driver will not care about such a thing. Also, 90's vw's have them as well........ and yes it is completely acceptable. If you dont like, then get the GLI.