Introducing a new model that seems an evolutionary two-step backwards never plays well with with the pundits, and sure enough the new Jetta has been panned for its return to beam axle, drum rear brakes, and an interior that has more hard plastic than an Am-Ex counterfeiting ring. Despite venerated publications like Car and Driver and Consumer Reports giving the repositioned Jetta a collective Eww, VW can’t seem to build enough of them.
What do Jetta buyers consider acceptable in the car that the ‘professionals’ did not? Who cares? What’s more important a question is what other cars have been placed out of our reach financially due a misguided effort to make them good? A Boxster with vinyl upholstery and steel wheels? Maybe. How about some plastic wood in that Bentley? Okay, that’s taking it a little too far. Still they used to make strippers, cars with just the parts people wanted – say a honkin’ big motor and a window to whistle at the girls through. Maybe that should make a come-back? and if so, what car would you cheapinate?
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