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Old 9th August 2014, 19:50   #166
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Hi iliketurtles,
I am in the market for a Jetta class sedan and test drove the HL A/T recently. I have question which I hope you can answer. Have you tried traveling with the fifth passenger? Jetta ticks everything I am looking for but wife feels that the hump and the rear aircon makes it impossible for he fifth person to travel in comfort even for short distances.

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Hi iliketurtles,

I am in the market for a Jetta class sedan and test drove the HL A/T recently. I have question which I hope you can answer. Have you tried traveling with the fifth passenger? Jetta ticks everything I am looking for but wife feels that the hump and the rear aircon makes it impossible for he fifth person to travel in comfort even for short distances.



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Hiya JB.

I do agree with your wife that the 5th passenger is a bit unwelcome, but over a short distance it's not nearly that bad. I've only ever packed in 5 people twice, and both times the 5th passenger was a bit of a fit. It shouldn't be a dealbreaker unless you transport 5 people regularly. If you're able to stretch your budget still further, there's quite nothing like the Superb. That backseat is like a sofa!

I'll play the devil's advocate here; will the car be used to transport 5 regularly? If not, it's fine for the 5th person to grin and bear it, just so long as it's not you! I jest, it's not that bad. Good luck with your decision, let me know if I can throw some more pearls of wisdom your way.
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I am in the market for a Jetta class sedan and test drove the HL A/T recently. I have question which I hope you can answer. Have you tried traveling with the fifth passenger? Jetta ticks everything I am looking for but wife feels that the hump and the rear aircon makes it impossible for he fifth person to travel in comfort even for short distances.

Except the Superb and i can say CIVIC none of the other cars in this segment and may i boldly say even in the next segment will give the same comfort for 5 people as the superb does.

All cars have the transmission hump which does not help. And the Centre seat is probably a quarter seat and not even a half seat for seating someone with this transmission hump.

Alto and the cars in those segments have no hump but the exactly give you the same feeling as sitting in a jetta when you are cramping with three.

And if the three are tall as me, good luck for the center hump just makes you have to invade into space of the other two

Truth is the car is definitely not a five seater for comfortable touring. The center seat is strictly child seat whose feet actually cant touch the floor and the transmission hump actually helps.

Superb is the BEST ever for passenger comfort. I again say i wish i went with superb only if finance allowed me to. I stretched so much from a Swift to Jetta that i am sure superb will be added to my list in the future. Very practical car at a really attractive price(the petrol).
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Except the Superb and i can say CIVIC none of the other cars in this segment and may i boldly say even in the next segment will give the same comfort for 5 people as the superb does.
You are absolutely correct. Forget 1 class up, the Superb offers as much space as the S class two segments up. The 3, A4 and C can't compare to it in this regard whatsoever. The Civic too is surprisingly spacious. My boss has one and I do travel in it regularly, it caught me out with the amount of space at the back!

I remember visiting a slightly catty relative soon after I picked up the car. As usual, everyone came down to check out the new car (as everyone does) and he remarked on how there's such little space at the back, to which my mother-in-law (god bless her soul) said that "yeh badi gaadiya aisi hi banti hai, bas chaar ki hi jagah aati hai" She's not far off. The Superb might have some negatives against it, but rear space is not one of them. It is peerless in that regard.
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Guys, what mats are you guys using? I was planning on getting the star mats. Are they any good?
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Guys, what mats are you guys using? I was planning on getting the star mats. Are they any good?
I'm using Star Mats, and I'm quite pleased with them. Got them for about Rs. 2300 and the finish of it is great. Fit wise I think Kagu is definitely better but for the price, Star Mats are great. I have some pics in this thread a few pages back, do take a look see!
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Up, down, up, down, rolling all around. That's been my experience with the black beauty since yesterday. Let me try to sum it up for you quite simply. It's been *cue drumrolls*


The Good

Out of the blue, I was jolted out of my usual Saturday siesta by an SMS.

"I swear to god, if Myntra tells me about their Independence Day sale one more time," I grumbled as I turned over in my cozy sea of blankets. I reached out for the phone with bleary eyes, but was jolted wide awake with what I read. It was good 'ol Gannu_1, my saviour from Surat. He could meet up later in the evening to do some VCDS tweaking, so would I be available/interested?

Is the Pope Christian?

I quickly hammered out a "yesyesyesoplsyes" in response and we met up later that evening. Several tweaks later, many of which I didn't notice him do because I was busy people-watching, he was done and ready to roll. All I had on my mind was one thing.

"Is the Cluster Staging enabled?"

"Yup." The car is turned on and it does the sweep

"Do it again!"

And so he dutifully does. Sweet. Paisa Vasool. R8 owners, eat your heart out. You ain't got nothing on me except about 500 hp. Give or take.

Ganesh had to run along, so we had a quick chat about how funtastic the drive from Surat was, how it's even better on to Ahmedabad and how I should do the drive sometime. Maybe I will.

Which brings me to the bad.

The Bad

The wife and I were headed over to the car so that we could rendezvous with Cap'n G, when she knocked on the glass and asked me to open the door. I looked at her with puzzlement and did the whole lock/unlock routine again. No dice. I even chanted "Khul jaa simsim". Still no go.

Eventually, Mrs. Iliketurtles had to clamber in through the gap in between the front seats because I insisted I was not going to be put on driver duties. The door was just jammed shut and refused to open no matter what we did. Whatta bummer! Minor fly in the ointment though, at least it wasn't me having to slither around inside the car, I'm always the designated driver

No worries though, as the G-meister said, no point being dejected over this (trust me, I'm not) and to enjoy the car to the hilt (trust me, I am).

And so a call was placed to VW's workshop in the morning...

The Ugly

After some explaining to a mildly sleepy sounding workshop guy, I was told it seems that the door latch is gone and they'll order the part.

"Super, how long will it take to arrive?"

"7-8 days saar"
"No sooner?"

"No saar"

Well, that's a bummer. So the car is effectively a 3 seater or an undignified 4 seater until such time as the part arrives. I wonder why VAG parts take so long to arrive though. Do they some pooja of it, followed by accompanying it by royal escort on foot all the way from the factory to Mumbai?

Jokes aside, I do wish it arrives soon. It's not much of a problem because it's normally just me in the car, but I was going to visit Audi today and I fear I'm going to look like a driver much as I might not want to lol. Such joy!

Ah well, at least I have the needle sweep to sweep me of my feet!

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It was nice meeting both of you guys.

In addition to the needle sweep, we have enabled emergency flashing of blinkers and brake lights, changed the number of blinkers from 3 to 5 and enabled cornering lights using the fog lights. There are a lot of options in the VCDS menu for the Jetta compared to the Polo due to the better BCM/CECM onboard. I wish we had a bit more time at our disposal - 10:30 PM wasn't the perfect time for these.
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Haha yeah, but no worries. Something is better than nothing! Besides we can leave something for next time, whenever that may be :P
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"I swear to god, if Myntra tells me about their Independence Day sale one more time," I grumbled as I turned over in my cozy sea of blankets.
Is the Pope Christian?
I quickly hammered out a "yesyesyesoplsyes"
"Is the Cluster Staging enabled?"
R8 owners, eat your heart out. You ain't got nothing on me except about 500 hp. Give or take.
Your writing skills buddy! had a heart filled laugh reading the above. I wish the iphone app had multiquote option. Been travelling a lot (Sadly!, not in the Jetta) and not able to quote multiple posts at once.

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I do wish it arrives soon. It's not much of a problem because it's normally just me in the car, but I was going to visit Audi today and I fear I'm going to look like a driver much as I might not want to lol. Such joy!
Imagine driving down to a five star and getting down from the passenger side ( finished my two smiley's ). And luckily looks like no one noticed this at AUDI. Now that I'm done giggling, I do wish/hope the latch arrives soon. Getting in from the other side always is quite irritating. I wonder what might have gone wrong with the door latch.

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In addition to the needle sweep, we have enabled emergency flashing of blinkers and brake lights, changed the number of blinkers from 3 to 5 and enabled cornering lights using the fog lights. There are a lot of options in the VCDS menu for the Jetta compared to the Polo due to the better BCM/CECM onboard.
I'm definitely getting the cable now. Gannu can you please share what all options were available for the Jetta in case you remember any of them. Also did you guys try for the auto folding ORVMS?

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Your writing skills buddy! had a heart filled laugh reading the above.
Thank you, thank you. I'll take my automotive writer of the year award right now, grazie.

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I wish the iphone app had multiquote option.
Well, it is a bit rudimentary in that regard. You've got to manually have the bbcode selected and edit the text to make sure you're quoting the right bits! BTW, I is also typing from my uPhone

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Been travelling a lot (Sadly!, not in the Jetta) and not able to quote multiple posts at once.
May you miles to go before you sleep, and may all those miles be at the wheel of the blue baron!

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Imagine driving down to a five star and getting down from the passenger side ( finished my two smiley's ). And luckily looks like no one noticed this at AUDI.
I would laugh my sides out if that happened, but that's only because I'd be in the drivers seat and wouldn't be the object of mockery. The wife insisted I stop a bit before the showroom, she clambered to the back, got out and walked the remaining 20-30 metres. It was mildly funny, but I'm not sure I'll be as tickled if it's not sorted in a week or so!

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Now that I'm done giggling, I do wish/hope the latch arrives soon. Getting in from the other side always is quite irritating. I wonder what might have gone wrong with the door latch.
Beats me. This is, as Gannu correctly said, the downside of having so many electronics in the car. Something or the other has jammed, just have to grin and bear it!

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Also did you guys try for the auto folding ORVMS?
Nope, we didn't. It slipped our minds. Now that you mention it, would have been something nice to have! Ganesh did a fair few mods, but he and I were both clueless about the extent of mods possible. No matter, there's always a next time!
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Hi, can anyone direct me to the right version of the rcd 510 for the jetta. I am buying a comfortline but would like to add the rcd 510.
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Nope, we didn't. It slipped our minds. Now that you mention it, would have been something nice to have! Ganesh did a fair few mods, but he and I were both clueless about the extent of mods possible. No matter, there's always a next time!

Don't all the Jet's come with the cornering lamps? I wonder why it was not functioning on your car in the first place. Mine being a 2014 model already has the emergency braking activated. ( guess )

I had once seen a Jetta GLI mod ( not able to find the video, tried all kinds of keywords. Nope no use ) where the lights flicker Audi style. May be you can check that as well. Autofold ORVM, teardrop wipe etc.
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Hi, can anyone direct me to the right version of the rcd 510 for the jetta. I am buying a comfortline but would like to add the rcd 510.
Hiya mav.

There are 2 variants of the RCD 510. One was from Bosch which was made in Portugal while the other was from Delphi and made in China. While the Delphi offers direct USB connectivity, it was relatively poorly built. Additionally, the Indian spec Jetta and the Passat used to get a Bosch unit.

Buying it off Chinese sites is not entirely straightforward, so be careful of which version you buy. You can read more here: DIY-rcd-510-head-unit-upgrade-vw-vento-polo

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Don't all the Jet's come with the cornering lamps? I wonder why it was not functioning on your car in the first place. Mine being a 2014 model already has the emergency braking activated. ( guess )

I had once seen a Jetta GLI mod ( not able to find the video, tried all kinds of keywords. Nope no use ) where the lights flicker Audi style. May be you can check that as well. Autofold ORVM, teardrop wipe etc.
Cornering lights were indeed active from the factory, Ganesh added the fogs as extra illumination too. Not sure the emergency braking will be active on your car Amar, mine is a 2014 too but it had to be activated. Get someone with a cable and you too can release the Kraken!

Not sure Ganesh could activate the teardrop wipe, but the auto-folding ORVM wasn't done for now. The flickering of the brakes on hard braking is active though, it did get activated. Some tweaks threw up issues so the G-Man left them untouched for now. No point going ahead with it if the Fraulein is saying nein, eh?
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Cornering lights were indeed active from the factory, Ganesh added the fogs as extra illumination too.
Where are the cornering lights? I don't see them in the fog light cluster. I saw in moderator Ajmat's car, fog lights would work like cornering lamps.
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