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Old July 7th, 2020, 17:37   #16
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All Jetta TDIs from '99.5 have had rear disc brakes.
yup
sucks here in the salt states because they rust up solid real quick
then your handbrake doesn't do much holding until it decides to hold 'that one time' and you dump a tank of fuel into burning up a brake

where drums are pretty troublefree as far as rust is concerned, just gotta ignore the minor labyrinth seal noise you get when people are stupid enough to pull the drums "to check the condition of the linings"
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Old July 8th, 2020, 02:55   #17
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If you maintain them they're fine. I clean and lubricate the slide pins annually, and actually haven't had much trouble with parking brake cables. Original calipers after 18 years and 410K miles. Can't complain.
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2014 got IRS in all Jettas, before that only came on GLI in North America. Pretty sure rear discs came late to the party as well. When I was looking at Jettas I was only looking at 2014-15 for that reason (IRS).
Of course the MK7 GSW guys will tell you that the torsion beam handles just fine.
Problem is the rear suspension setup is NOT the same. MK7 rear beam is more like a MkIV rear beam and can handle very well. The Mk6 is more like a Dodge Cara... Routan. You can figure out how that handles.

I have to check, but I though some base Mk6 TDIs with the beam also had drum brakes. Could be wrong. Couple years there where VW over did the cost cutting.

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Last TDI in North America with rear drum brakes was the 1999 MKIII Jetta.

And I wouldn't choose a Jetta based on whether or not it has a rear beam or IRS. I've driven both pretty extensively and these are not sports cars in either form. In 95% of driving you'll not know the difference. I'd lean towards a 2015 more because of the refresh and stronger body for better offset collision protection and lower NVH. But if you found a great example that was a '13 or earlier I'd not hesitate to buy it.
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