I think the J.D. Powers reliability ratings are next to useless. I understand they include such subjective things as "driving experience", "wind noise" etc in their ratings; so they do not, in my opinion, give a good indication of mechanical reliability. I believe they changed the questions on their reliability surveys because (as cars are so much more reliable now) it was difficult to differentiate them in terms of mechanical reliability, especially in their 90 day survey.J D Powers only rates VW Jetta's @ 2-1/2 stars, slightly above all the rest.
After my first VW Jetta purchase, 2010 Jetta TDI, I certainly hope the brand is better than that.
What are everyone's elses experiances and expectations?