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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Jetta's origin story

Just saw this video that talks about the Jetta's origin and how its changed throughout its lifetime. Since 1980, the Jetta has sold more than 3.2 million models in North America. One thing has remained unchanged in its 38 years, and that's the fact that VW continues to put the driving experience first.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-26-2018, 11:11 AM
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The latest gen Jetta is definitely more stable than it's predecessor and some may say it's softer, though I'm not sure what they're referring to in that aspect. May there's less road feel? Looking at the Rabbit, it just bounced over every little road bump.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-27-2018, 09:46 AM
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Great video. The originals we're definitely some of the best vehicles in the market at the time. Definitely miss the days when there were less electronics going on in the car, and you had a more direct connection with the road. That being said the improvements to driver safety we're definitely necessary.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-27-2018, 11:19 AM
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Back in the day they used to have rear drum brakes too. They had pretty great stopping power and allows the shoes to wear evenly.
Now we have 4-wheel disc brakes, ABS and ESC, which is fine too with how far we've come in brake technology. Just costs more to replace.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-01-2018, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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I do miss how compact these cars used to be. I wish we weren't steadily heading back towards the boats of the 70's. I have no issue with the improvements that have been made to technology, but I wish consumers weren't stuck in the mindset that bigger is better.
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Think the problem is coming from reviewers and buyers these days, who keeps talking about legroom, cargo space, headroom, etc. Also the strong sales of SUVs and crossovers are leading automakers to make larger sedans. Back in the day, people fit and that was good enough.
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Part of the move is to have more world market vehicles so when you look at it from that angle its easy to see how car makers are setting themselves up. Leading markets like the U.S. are always like a test bed for the rest of the world.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-15-2018, 10:40 AM
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At this point we should probably just be happy that VW made any revisions to the styling of the Jetta, because its been pretty stagnant for quite some time. I actually think some of the most important changes are in the cabin, where VW has notoriously utilized pretty mundane styling cues.
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