This is an excellent vehicle for long distance travel. Let heated seats and cruise control take you on an adventure into the mountains, out to the Olympic Peninsula or even up to Canada! Rent it for a week and drive down to California (sorry, no visits to Mexico per Turo's rules).
This is an unmodified TDI which will run on ordinary diesel but I'd prefer to fuel it with biodiesel because it's carbon-neutral. There are fueling facilities around Seattle for the latter if you'd like suggestions. Otherwise, I'm happy to handle the refueling at my cost which is currently: $4.75 from Dr Dan's in Ballard. Supporting locally sourced fuel keeps money in the regional economy! (1/5 of every petro-dollar leaves the state)
I will keep it with a full tank ready for 500 miles of range and with the daily mileage limit at 400 you can visit Portland or Vancouver as a day trip. Also, it's less than 360 miles to drive all the way around the Olympic peninsula from Seattle! http://goo.gl/maps/87U0C
EPA efficiency rating: 28 city / 40 highway (33 combined) MPG
I regularly see better than 40 miles per gallon if I use cruise control and keep to the speed limit but YMMV
The car has a new battery as of April, 2017
Snow tires or chains
Apple Lightning plug
Apple Dock Connector (ADC)
Please park the car anywhere in Zone 28, preferably as close as possible to the Beacon Hill LINK light rail station. There's usually parking available on 16th Ave S by the Seattle Public Library, but be sure to park the car on a street marked "Zone 28" and not along a segment which only says "2 hour parking"
I'll deliver within Seattle city limits for $10. Delivery is free for rentals longer than 5 days.
Don't drive the car off-road or tow anything, per Turo's rules.
Let me know in advance if you wish to use the roof-rack with either the bicycle carrier, cargo pod, or both!
The car is shifting strangely; is the engine & transmission okay?
Please note that the automatic transmission of this vehicle will adjust its shifting pattern based on your driving style. Particularly of note: if you quickly depress the accelerator and hold it down, the car will enable "sport mode" shifting which will delay the transfer to the next gear until you reach a higher RPM. To reset the shifting pattern, pull over and turn the car off; when it restarts the shifting pattern should return to normal. Diesel cars run at lower engine speeds with a higher compression ratio than gasoline. If you have any questions about driving a turbo-diesel, please ask me for tips or consult the instruction manual found in the glove compartment.
How do I start the diesel engine?
Starting a diesel is slightly different than a gasoline engine: turn the key to ON and wait until the double-loop glow-plug light blinks out (it will only be on for a moment when the engine is warm, but will stay on for a few seconds if the engine is cold). After the glow-plugs are warm, turn the key to START. If the car doesn't start after a few seconds, turn the ignition OFF then try again.
How do I use the stereo connectors to play audio from my own device?
There's an Apple Dock Connector with a Lightning adapter and a stereo AUX input so you can easily use your own tunes in the car. The first 4 CD selections are the first four playlists on a connected Apple device while the 5th is whatever the device is playing and the 6th is the AUX cable.
Do I have to put biodiesel in the car?
No, the car will run on #2 diesel (which is blended with up to 5% biodiesel per Washington state law) or up to 100% biodiesel without any significant changes to engine performance. Biodiesel has a slightly lower energy content but is better for the life of the engine and produces fewer pollutants. Petro-diesel releases fossilized carbon into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide which is the largest greenhouse gas contributing to global warming. Unfortunately, with the massive subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, biodiesel is usually more expensive except in a few cases: if you head south into Oregon, please consider refilling at Sequential Biodiesel in Eugene.
2002 Volkswagen Jettalee's BioDiesel Jetta154.595
Lee made the pick up and drop off extremely simple. His instructions were very clear and everything was as described.
Lee's great communication, friendliness, and the convenience of instant book made this a great rental. The car isn't the newest or freshest car, but it drives well and definitely did the job to move me around town without paying a ton for Ubers and Lyfts. Also appreciated the very easy pickup and drop off instructions.
Our first time using Turo went very well! Lee brought the car to us and picked it up which made everything so much easier!!! The car drove well and we were able to explore several parts of the state we couldn't get to without a car!
Lee was on time, available, and very helpful. His got did everything I needed it to, and I would rent it again. The mechanical state of the car great, but the only drawback is that the interior could use a vacuuming. Overall, very good first experience!
Lee's car was great and a perfect way to get around in Seattle. Lee delivered the car to my Location and on time. He gave great advice on what to see around town. He picked up the car at our hotel. I would recommend Lee to anyone visiting Seattle.
after i had trouble starting the car, lee responded right away and helped jump the car within minutes. genuinely impressed with his flexibility in both dropping off the car and picking it up and a location that was convenient for me. excellent person to rent from, would highly recommend.
Lee was super communicative and flexible. He even provided chains for the snowy mountain adventure, much appreciated! Would definitely rent again, fun car to drive. Diesel cars are cool and the gas mileage was pretty great considering all the elevation changes on my trip.
This car is a bit older (so don't expect new and shiny) but was perfect for what I needed to get around town for the last few days! Lee was very nice and I appreciated that he dropped off and picked up the vehicle. He could not had made it easier, I would definitely rent from him again. Thank you again!
Lee was awesome, met us and we had a cool conversation. Very flexible, great experience. I did wish that Lee had RainX'd his windows and rear view mirrors, would have made rain visibility better. Other than that, couldn't recommend more highly.
Good car and owner. It was a good first trip with turo.
November 14, 2016
Loved the experience I had with this car! My friend and I drove to Cape Flattery so almost exactly 400 miles there and back, from where we stayed in the city, and only spent $25 in gas. Being that the car only runs on diesel, that seemed like a very little amount! The car ran great, but was a tad bit messy on the inside which wasn't that big a deal for us. Lee gladly delivered the car to us as well which was perfect because we weren't near a team station.
Lee was excellent to rent from. I couldn't take my personal car on vacation with me and had to find a solution last minute, and Lee made that possible. Super nice biodiesel VW TDI that handles very well. Thanks again, Lee!
It was a pleasure renting this car from Lee. I would recommend renting a car from Lee without any reservations.
I also really appreciate Lee's determination to be as eco-friendly as possible, even if it means spending a little more money and going out of his way to do the right thing. I learned a bit about bio-diesel, and, after renting the Jetta from Lee, am considering getting a bio-diesel car myself when/if I get a car.
Communication with Lee was excellent and his Jetta was a pleasure to drive! I drove it from Seattle to the far side of the Olympic National forest, as well as La Push, and even Portland in a week long trip. Pickup and drop off was a breeze. I'd thoroughly recommend Lee and his Jetta to anyone traveling to Seattle and will definitely rent again next time I find myself in the PNW.
The car was really well equipped. Locally sourced all the way! While I was topping this vehicle up, I was lucky to cross paths with Dr. Dan which was such a privilege!
Because of our flight's delay, Lee didn't come pick us up at the airport so I wasn't able to meet him. He was nonetheless very responsive over the phone and allowed stunningly good pick-up and drop-off flexibility.
Driving Lee's Biodiesel Jetta was a great experience.Lee is very communicative and gets back to your inquiries quickly, which I appreciate. The car itself drives great and gets fantastic gas mileage. I drove just over 316 miles and the tank was still at a hefty 1/4 full. My only tiny complaint was that when I picked the car up it was very dirty on the inside, something I hadn't planned for, so I had to rush to vacuum it out thoroughly before picking my visiting parents up from the airport. It wasn't strewn with litter or anything, just full of dirt and debris from people's feet and the dashboard and consoles were very dusty and full of bits and crumbles. I like a clean car, so this might just be a personal preference, but worth mentioning.
I would still rent from Lee in the future however!
The car runs great - it worked exactly the way we needed for our trip - it is rough and ready which is great because you don't have to worry about getting a small crumb on the seat. If you are looking for a pristine new car, I would look elsewhere.
Lee was very kind to let us drop the car at the airport.
Things we noticed: (a) one of the front headlights was out; (b) one of the tires was very low on air (we easily filled it up and it did not give any issues); (c) the engine light was on the whole time (not sure what that means, but the car ran beautifully the entire time with no issues); (d) the front fender cover was dragging on the road, but we were able to fix the duct tape and it help up perfectly the entire time.
Nothing but superb and smooth transactions/hand-offs with Lee. He was even kind enough to give me a ride back home late one evening. I can see why he's gotten consistently rave reviews and many repeat renters. Lee's one cool cat!
Great ride. Drove this thing everywhere with no problems at all. Only dink was it being filthy on the inside when I picked it up so I had to spend $ on a car wash. Other than that, I recommend this car for anyone.
Rented for 7 days with trips to Portland and nearby Seattle outdoor excellence. Car ran great and Lee was super helpful and prompt in communicating pickup and drop-off. Would absolutely rent this vehicle again.
A smooth and flawless experience, my first with Turo. Lee was great and fielded extra "okay, now what?" phone calls to help me through my inaugural trip. I went to Vancouver BC and back on half a tank of gas and Lee filled up for me at cost when I returned. The car performed well, no hiccups, no hitches. I'll definitely use this Jetta again.
Everything about the pick-up and drop-off was easy. The owner was very nice, and I felt safe using the car with the excellent insurance coverage options. I'm very glad a peer-to-peer car loaning system like Turo is in my city!
Lee was really kind and agreed to leave his car near where I live. He had a simple system in place where I could pick up and drop off the car without him being present. The car was also a breeze to drive in. I would definitely rent from Lee again next time.
I have rented this car before and had a smooth experience. However, this time was a disaster. I had reserved the car weeks ago for a weekend road trip to Vancouver. Thirty minutes before I was supposed to get on the road (at 8pm on a Friday night) I received a text message from Lee saying that the check engine light was on in the car, and that he hadn't gotten around to fixing it yet, but as long as I wasn't planning to park on a glacier, I should be fine. Of course, parking on a glacier is a reasonable weekend excursion in the NW, but luckily it was not my plan. I told Lee that I was concerned about taking the car but he assured me that I would be fine. I would have understood if something came up with the car and I needed to find an alternate vehicle, but because I didn't find out until the last minute, on a weekend, my options were either to take the risk, or delay my trip until I found another car through Turo or another service, which could have meant canceling my trip altogether (and losing deposits on other reservations in Vancouver and standing up a friend who was meeting me there). So, I took the car. Lee assured me that I should be fine. Perhaps he didn't think about how many people his negligence would impact, or how much other money I would lose ... or maybe he just didn't care. Two hours in to my trip, and just across the border into Canada, the transmission stopped shifting beyond second gear. I pulled over, tried to restart several times, and still no solution. After waiting on hold with RR emergency service line for 10 minutes, I once again tried starting the car. For whatever reason, it worked then, so I hastily finished the last hour of my trip, making no other stops until I was at my destination. I was in an unfamiliar and partly rural area with no cell service and extremely concerned about my safety. The next day the same thing happened when trying to start the car at my hotel, so I finally reached Turo. I was told that since I accepted the car knowing that there could be problems, (and really who accepts any car from RR without that assumption), that I was on my own. I would be reasonable for getting the car fixed, and if it couldn't be fixed I would have to pay for another way home. I used cabs for transportation the rest of my stay in Vancouver and held my breath the whole drive back to Seattle, when the car did work properly, albeit with some occasional strange engine noises. How someone could be so irresponsible to "not get around to fixing their car" even though they knew someone was counting on them, and then not tell them of their lapse until the final hour, is beyond me. What is more, by assuring me that I wouldn't have any problems on my trip, Lee clearly either underestimated the car's problems, or just lied to get the money from my reservation. This owner should not be allowed to continue renting cars as he cannot be trusted or relied on. Even if he tells you that this car is in good condition, DO NOT trust him.
Lee went out of his way to make sure it was convenient for me to pickup and return the car. He picked me up at the airport and he came to the airport so I could return it to me. Also, I didn't have time to refuel the car so he is going to invoice me for the remaining fuel. Thank you, Lee, for making my first experience with Turo a wonderful one! <3
August 28, 2013
Lee is great dude. I would rent again from him. Everything was nice and easy.
This car worked well and got me from the city up to Whidbey Island and back without any problems. The owner was easy to communicate and very flexible with pick-up and drop-off times.
The only complaint is that the car was very dirty - both inside and out. This was especially a problem because we wanted to see the beautiful views around us as we drove out of the cit y. A quick wash of the windows went a long way but it looked like this hadn't been done in weeks.
This was my 1st time renting w/ Turo & i was alittle nervous because i drive an 18-wheeler & didnt know where id find parking in downtown Seattle. Plus I was apprehensive about the whole deal. But Lee was great & within the first 5 minutes, after he brought me the car-- i was totally at ease. It was WONDERFUL to go see the sights, rather than sit in my truck all day!! Thank you!
Lee's car drove incredibly well, very peppy. It was fun to drive up to Vancouver and back. Lee was also incredibly helpful in helping us catch our bus down out of town by giving us a lift when we returned the car on a very tight schedule. Thanks Lee!!!
This was my first time using Turo and it couldn't have gone any smoother. I drove the car all the way to northern Idaho and back and barely used two tanks of gas. Next time i am in Seattle I will be hitting Lee up again.
Lee's Jetta was great! I rented it for a weekend up to Vancouver and was very pleased. Runs nicely, easy to drive, and Lee is great at communicating. I will rent from him again and definitely recommend it!
A great first Turo experience! Lee was quick to respond to email and even dropped off the key at my workplace (which I don't expect for all future rides). Everything worked out just great -- although next time, I'll print out a list of possible biodiesel stations along the way. Thanks!