Because it's a jetta.
My wife had a 2000 Intrigue - same issue 4th gear died, got the transmission repaired and a few months later the car was rear ended and totaled. Oh and the check engine light was always on for some issue - the air pump or AFM.I liked my Olds Intrigue just fine and had even plowed about $2000 into it in the fall of 2013 for new motor mounts, valve covers and tires. However it was becoming a bit old and unpredictable for a daily driver - and the 4th gear did not work anymore which hurt fuel economy.
I'd have to agree with all of those. Except, I'm actually happy the Cruze didn't come in a manual, because if it did, I would've bought a manual transmission Cruze and would've regretted it. I drive a manual a fair amount (I've also got a '98 Camaro Z28 that is a manual) and have for the last couple of years. In stop and go traffic, the automatic is much nicer. I do wish that the auto in the Cruze was a little more crisp, but I think it is definitely designed to be comfortable and shifting for economy, not for performance.I am trying to decide between the Cruze and the Jetta TDI. I prefer the look of the Jetta overall.
-No DEF, and has a spare tire
-Manual transmission available; Auto transmission is much better than Cruze
-VW has a long history of making diesel engines for sedans
-Better fuel economy (although some debate this)
-Better looking interior
-More features on the base model
-VW doesn't have the greatest reliability reputation.
If the Cruze were available in a manual, I would definitely buy it.
True, but having a DEF tank where the spare tire should be is definitely a con.^ DEF is defiantly a pro and not a con. I work in engineering at Detroit Diesel doing emissions performance work on a dyno everyday and if I were to pick a system w/ or w/o DEF it would be a system with DEF from what I have personally seen.
Well, I'm only 20 so I've only had my license for 3.5 years (did get my learners permit right when I turned 14 though), but I have even less experience then most people here, but I'd agree. I was just saying that I am guessing that most people's issue with the DEF is that there is no spare tire. Either way, obviously I chose to still go ahead with the Cruze and not the Jetta.I have I probably don't have as many years behind the wheel as most of you. But I have been driving for 9 years and not once had a flat. Not having a spare tire is not big deal to me at all. If I ever do get a flat, I would not even think about changing it on the side of the road. I have driven a truck most of the time and to even get the spare out from underneath would not be worth the trouble.