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Since: 17.3.02
From: New Jerusalem

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Just trying to gather some information. This kind of snuck up on us out of nowhere, but my wife and I now find ourselves in need of a new (or used) vehicle. We have narrowed it down to two choices: 2007 Jetta sedan (Wolfsburg edition) with 39,000 miles for $13,500 or a brand new Mazda 2 for around $15,400.

The Jetta is (obviously) larger and more accomodating for me (I'm 6'6 but currently own an Element and that suits me fine). The Mazda is an option because it is brand new and only slightly more expensive. It would also be more accomodating for my wife (5'5). And the Mazda is the max that we are looking to pay right now. Thoughts, ideas or theories?

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Since: 18.3.02
From: Hartland, WI

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Having just been through this ourselves (we ended up going used) I have these thoughts:

• If you're leaning towards the used, definitely check the title history. Privately owned vs. off lease or rental makes a big difference to me.

• Cost of ownership...gas mileage, estimated repairs, cost of tires (are they a common or rare size?)

• Is there any remaining warranty on the Jetta? How much in comparison to the new Mazda?

There's probably more, but those are three big things that I'd check. If any of these items add costs to either vehicle that widens the price difference, that should help make your decision.

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Since: 25.2.02

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The Jetta should have about 11,000 miles of transferable factory warranty on it and probably feels and handles better than the Mazda.

But VW's tend to have the 'check engine' light come on a lot, and tend to be pricey to maintain. And according to Edmunds, $13,500 is on the high side for that car.

The Mazda has way better fuel economy numbers. It's actually a little taller than the Jetta, but shorter and narrower.

If you like the way the Mazda drives, I'd probably go with it.

You might also run both models by your insurance agent and see if there's a significant difference in insuring the two.


Since: 27.2.03
From: Parts Unknown

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Yeah, VWs are notoriously expensive to fix. I also would recommend the Mazda for that reason, although definitely make sure you've driven both cars before you make your choice.

Since: 11.2.05
From: miramichi, NB, canada

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#5 Posted on
    Originally posted by Tenken347
    Yeah, VWs are notoriously expensive to fix. I also would recommend the Mazda for that reason, although definitely make sure you've driven both cars before you make your choice.

My Grandparents have a VW jetta and it works great, but when it does break...wahooooooooo, it gets expensive really quick.

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