• 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT
  • 2004 Red Volkswagen Jetta for sale in Castle Valley, UT

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta

Mileage: 222,000

Castle Valley, UT | Posted April 29, 2021

$3,250

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The engine is BEW. I don't know whether that is good, bad or ugly.
Good
What’s not to love about a reliable 2004 TDI wagon, practically one-owner driven? I bought it in Canada in February 2005 and imported it to the US when I moved here in 2013.
CLEAN TITLE!
I’ve driven it from the Canadian Rockies to San Francisco to Montreal to Vancouver Island to MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, NM, AZ, NV, CA, OR, WA.
It’s only ever had 505.01 oil. I buy Liqui Moly 2039 Longtime High Tech 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil at NAPA, or sometimes from Amazon.
In 16 years of driving, it’s broken down only twice: once on the Icefields parkway in Banff in about 2006 when it lost power due to a hole in the Turbo Charger hose. I could keep driving it, but it was slow going uphill until the hose was replaced. The other time the car broke down was in 2017, fifty miles south of Ely, NV when my coolant hose sprang a leak in 96F heat. Had it towed to Ely, they replaced the hose with a non-VW part, and it’s been fine ever since. A couple of times I’ve needed a boost because of an old battery, but not for the last 5 years, because I am smarter now.
The major work done: (VW recall) coils replaced in 2007 or so. Timing belt was replaced (preventative maintenance) at 190000 km. After three years of driving a 16-mile long pretty rough road along the Colorado River, I had to replace various bits and pieces in the front end. That road has since been re-paved, and the new front end feels awesome on my daily commute.
A/C and heat work great, power windows, dashboard lights, cruise control, etc. all good. Tires purchased in January 2020 have plenty of tread left.
The body is in very good shape for its age, with some minor blemishes I outline below.
I get 38-40 MPG, and living in the high desert, I almost always have either the heat or the A/C on. Cruising on the highway without A/C or heat would give even better mileage.
Bad
The back hatch is missing a strut, and it will need a bit of body work (welding) on the inside frame at the back window to re-install a new strut because the mechanic who attempted to replace it absolutely butchered it.
Every few weeks the sunroof tilts up by itself. Particularly if it has rained recently, but even that isn’t entirely predictable. You’ll be driving along and you’ll hear the sunroof tilt up. As soon as you close it, it’s good for a few more weeks before it happens again.
The FM radio is the worst of our three vehicles (the others being 2000 and 2011 Tacomas). I can’t pick up NPR for a 7 mile stretch between us and town, even though both our Toyotas can.
Neither key works as a remote any longer. One of them went through the washing machine. It’s likely they can be reprogrammed and at least the non-washed key remote should work, but I just haven’t bothered. I lock and unlock the car with the key in the driver’s door.
The black leather interior makes the car a bit like an oven when the temps reach 100 degrees. A/C work otherwise.
The Ugly
There is rust over the front wheel wells. Despite the fender rust TSB, going back 10 years, VW refused to fix the rust over the front wheels. It’s clearly caused by the foam sound insulation, but no matter what I tried, VW just kept giving me the middle finger.
There's also a bit of rust along the side of the windshield, and behind the front wheels between there and the doors.
The headlight covers are pretty cloudy. There’s clear plastic under there somewhere, because on a hot day recently I was able to use my fingernails to pick off the cloudy stuff to reveal a clear section half the size of the palm of my hand. Then I gave up.
There are minor blemishes in the paint, a palm sized scratch in the driver’s side passenger door.
In a way I hate to sell it, but our original plan was to keep it for our teenager, but she'll be at a school for the next few years where having a car isn't practical.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The engine is BEW. I don't know whether that is good, bad or ugly.
Good
What’s not to love about a reliable 2004 TDI wagon, practically one-owner driven? I bought it in Canada in February 2005 and imported it to the US when I moved here in 2013.
CLEAN TITLE!
I’ve driven it from the Canadian Rockies to San Francisco to Montreal to Vancouver Island to MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, NM, AZ, NV, CA, OR, WA.
It’s only ever had 505.01 oil. I buy Liqui Moly 2039 Longtime High Tech 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil at NAPA, or sometimes from Amazon.
In 16 years of driving, it’s broken down only twice: once on the Icefields parkway in Banff in about 2006 when it lost power due to a hole in the Turbo Charger hose. I could keep driving it, but it was slow going uphill until the hose was replaced. The other time the car broke down was in 2017, fifty miles south of Ely, NV when my coolant hose sprang a leak in 96F heat. Had it towed to Ely, they replaced the hose with a non-VW part, and it’s been fine ever since. A couple of times I’ve needed a boost because of an old battery, but not for the last 5 years, because I am smarter now.
The major work done: (VW recall) coils replaced in 2007 or so. Timing belt was replaced (preventative maintenance) at 190000 km. After three years of driving a 16-mile long pretty rough road along the Colorado River, I had to replace various bits and pieces in the front end. That road has since been re-paved, and the new front end feels awesome on my daily commute.
A/C and heat work great, power windows, dashboard lights, cruise control, etc. all good. Tires purchased in January 2020 have plenty of tread left.
The body is in very good shape for its age, with some minor blemishes I outline below.
I get 38-40 MPG, and living in the high desert, I almost always have either the heat or the A/C on. Cruising on the highway without A/C or heat would give even better mileage.
Bad
The back hatch is missing a strut, and it will need a bit of body work (welding) on the inside frame at the back window to re-install a new strut because the mechanic who attempted to replace it absolutely butchered it.
Every few weeks the sunroof tilts up by itself. Particularly if it has rained recently, but even that isn’t entirely predictable. You’ll be driving along and you’ll hear the sunroof tilt up. As soon as you close it, it’s good for a few more weeks before it happens again.
The FM radio is the worst of our three vehicles (the others being 2000 and 2011 Tacomas). I can’t pick up NPR for a 7 mile stretch between us and town, even though both our Toyotas can.
Neither key works as a remote any longer. One of them went through the washing machine. It’s likely they can be reprogrammed and at least the non-washed key remote should work, but I just haven’t bothered. I lock and unlock the car with the key in the driver’s door.
The black leather interior makes the car a bit like an oven when the temps reach 100 degrees. A/C work otherwise.
The Ugly
There is rust over the front wheel wells. Despite the fender rust TSB, going back 10 years, VW refused to fix the rust over the front wheels. It’s clearly caused by the foam sound insulation, but no matter what I tried, VW just kept giving me the middle finger.
There's also a bit of rust along the side of the windshield, and behind the front wheels between there and the doors.
The headlight covers are pretty cloudy. There’s clear plastic under there somewhere, because on a hot day recently I was able to use my fingernails to pick off the cloudy stuff to reveal a clear section half the size of the palm of my hand. Then I gave up.
There are minor blemishes in the paint, a palm sized scratch in the driver’s side passenger door.
In a way I hate to sell it, but our original plan was to keep it for our teenager, but she'll be at a school for the next few years where having a car isn't practical.

Specifications

  • Year: 2004  
  • Make: Volkswagen  
  • Model: Jetta  
  • Trim: Not Specified  
  • Body: Wagon  
  • Mileage: 222,000  
  • VIN: WVWSR61J74W151543  
  • Title Type: Clean Title  
  • Exterior Color: Red  
  • Interior Color: Black  
  • Transmission: Automatic  
  • Liters: Not Specified  
  • Cylinders: 4  
  • Fuel Type: Diesel  
  • Number of Doors: 4  
  • Exterior Condition: Good  
  • Interior Condition: Very Good  
  • Drive Type: FWD  
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  • Member Since Mar 2021

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