Volkswagen Jetta Rental in Seattle, WA | Turo
Volkswagen Jetta2002
174 trips
$ 71
per day
The car
Volkswagen Jetta
174 trips
5 seats
4 doors
34 MPG
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!

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
  • Automatic transmission
  • Audio input
  • Bike rack
  • Snow tires or chains
  • Heated seats
  • Sunroof
  • Apple Lightning plug
  • Apple Dock Connector (ADC)
  • Cargo pod
  • Cruise control
Parking details
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"
Delivery details
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.
Car location
Seattle, WA 98144
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Boeing Field/King County International Airport
Up to 10 miles
Free delivery for trips of 5 days or longer