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Old November 7th, 2003, 14:27   #1
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Default Jetta body style change?

Hey,

I've been a fan of TDI's for a few years now and periodically visit TDIClub to see what's going on. I currently drive a Supra Turbo that is heavily modified. I am a big fan of the potential of forced induction...

Anyhow, I am thinking about purchasing an '04 Jetta TDI, but was wondering when they there will be a major body overhaul. There were some slight design modifications from '03 to '04, but still nothing major. It looks like the Passat will have significant design changes in '05, which is what prompted me to ask this question.

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Old November 7th, 2003, 15:22   #2
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Default Jetta body style change?

If history is any indicator, I s'pose you'll see the new A5 Jetta sometime around MY 2006.5 or so. [img]/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Old November 7th, 2003, 17:34   #3
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FWIW, according to edmunds the next body style change is 2005. They don't have any pictures though.

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Old November 7th, 2003, 21:18   #4
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You'll see it next summer. Surf some European sites, they have some photos.
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Old November 9th, 2003, 20:45   #5
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Default Jetta body style change?

I just saw a '04 and there's more chrome and a built-in rear trunk lid spoiler. Different tail lights too.

I haven't seen the next gen Jetta pix yet. The A5 Golf looks significantly different. I imagine the Jetta will too.

But it won't be here until next year this time at the earliest.

www.vwvortex.com tends to have this kind of news as early or earlier than just about anywhere else.
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Old November 10th, 2003, 05:58   #6
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Default Jetta body style change?

If the trunk isn't a huge deal to you, I think the MK V Golfs are either in select locations or will be coming soon from what I have heard. (please correct me if I am wrong) Not surprising for the Passat to get the newer styling first, though.

Otherwise I would imagime that the cars should be here some time by 2005.

In the meantime, you can trade your car with mine. [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Not that I don't love my diesel, but a heavily modified Supra must have a nice feel to it. I love the last gen body (sorry, don't know the model type) but coincidentally the one used in the Fast and the Furious.

What I wouldn't do to get a heavily modded Nissan Skyline in my hands. (okay...sorry...waaaaay off-topic)
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Old November 18th, 2003, 09:23   #7
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Default Jetta body style change?

Yeah, having a modded Supra is definitely fun, but expensive. I will be relocating to New Jersey next year, and a 700RWHP TWD w/ 315's on the rear probably won't handle the snow all that well. Though it would be a ton of fun to drift around on ice [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img].

Furthermore, while the car is relatively reliable, it isn't "always" reliable. Aftermarket turbos sometimes leak oil, every once and a while you have to change out a seal, I have to change the coolant a little more frequently, the clutch tends to wear a little more quickly, etc.. The threat of not being able to make it to work outweighs whatever fun I have with the car otherwise.

It’s sad that I am looking to get this car the year before a major model change [img]/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]. Perhaps I can work something out…

I wasn't able to find any pictures of the new model, does anyone have any on hand?
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Old November 18th, 2003, 09:27   #8
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Lease one. Get it for 2 years. No issues with value on the turn in.
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Old November 18th, 2003, 20:04   #9
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there are really only minor changes, personally i hate the 04, i think the added chrome on the sides/grille look doofy... also the back lid of the trunk is curved out a bit... the tails are also different, i definatly approve of them [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old November 18th, 2003, 20:46   #10
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I agree with the chrome trim statement. It certainly wouldn't prevent me from buying one, but [inventing word here] "cheapifies" the looks of the car in my opinion.
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