by uwe2 on Feb 6, 2012 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan
I had my Jetta from May 1996 to February 2004. After the first 3 years, side moldings started to fall off ($$$ to replace at the dealership). So did the replacement ones, and the ones that replaced those. Catalytic converter oxygene sensor failed twice. Very cheap leather inside, wears off quickly. Dailight running lights go through bulbs every 2 years.
by BC1943 on Dec 2, 2008 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan
Briefly and to the point. I have spent more in repairs over the years than the car cost me to buy($15000). If I had sold it at end of warranty period I would have been ok. Electrical gremlins were many and often returned within days of "fix".. I finally put black tape over the annoying light. Reliability is highest priority for me and VW has lost many good customers due to this issue. I still use the car for dump runs and local use but never for long distances.
by ktbird on Aug 16, 2007 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan
I bought my used Jetta about 4 years ago and I still love it. I don't think I can go back to a 4cyl ever again! This car is fast and fun to drive. Problems: side moldings (one fell off, the other one about to). Paint looks awful (but I live in So Cal desert), exterior molding on front windshield disintegrated. Blew a coil last year and now the heater core is kaput. Very expensive to fix. Cupholder is a joke. And my heavy foot doesn't help the already low MPG. Mostly it's just normal problems after 11 years. Plus I drive it hard. But depite this, I am deeply attached to her - I had a Honda before and nothing compares to the driving experience of the Jetta.
by Jimmy2 on Jul 24, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan
I bought my Jetta with only 60k on it
now has 170000! I Dirve my car VERY
hard. and beat it. only thing that has
really been a prob. is the fact that
the trans has a cable shifter and
after this many miles numb dosent
exactly describe it.. other than that
I love the car still just as fast as
the day I bought it!
by edtoys4kids on Mar 1, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan
Bought used in 1998 at 36k. A real
love/hate relationship. Problems: O2
sensor, Check Engine Light, Electrical
Components, Exterior Trim, and Lock
Cylinders. Now a new trans at 83k
miles. Our extended warranty has paid
for itself and is earning money. The
car requires NAME BRAND premium gas
from stations like Shell, Mobil, &
Chevron and not less expensive places
like Citgo, Freestate, Costco. Since
following mechanic's advice I've not
seen the check engine light. Good:
Major headaches aside, I really like
this car. Comfortable on long
distance trips, even with children.
It's comfortable, looks cool, and
handles well in bad weather.
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