by YSSMAN on May 21, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 4dr Sedan
I bought my Wolfsburg after my '93 VW Fox was taken away from me in a bad car accident. I ended up getting a really great deal on the car from a used VW dealer, for $1,500 less than book value. The car has been very reliable, and with about 150,000 miles on the clock as of today, only a few things need to get replaced. Its build quality is supurb, despite the fact that not all Jettas are known for it. Living in Michigan, the car goes great all summer and all winter, and going down the highway offers a pretty comfortable ride combined with exelent gas mileage (33 MPG between home and Chicago). I would recommend the Jetta to anyone looking for a first car, but of course, you have to have the money.
by Lee on Feb 27, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 4dr Sedan
I have nothing but high praise for my 1996 VW Jetta. 'Nothing but normal maintenance or repairs was ever needed on it, exhaust, tires, battery, etc., etc. For the first several years, it got a lot of miles, about 40,000 in year one and it had gone to 100,000 by year three. Its front brake pads had to be replaced at 93,000 miles for the first time and then pads, rotors, shoes and drums needed replacement at 131,000 miles although they were still legal. Now my Jetta needs some more repairs, but nothing unexpected. VWs like higher RPMs than Japanese cars so I've pretty much always driven it in the torquey sweet spot. I can't imagine the abuse others have given this fine car to have had such problems with it. I still have it and just bought my 10th VW. I'll still drive it 6,000 miles a year.
by jewelsg627 on Nov 23, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 4dr Sedan
I have had NOTHING but problems with
this car! Granted, it is partly my
fault and here's why: I test drove a
few and then stopped. I found my car
and since I had already driven a Jetta
I didn't think I needed to drive this
particular car--WRONG!! I realized it
had a loud rattling noise under the
car. I took the car in to get it fixed
and ended up going back SEVEN times in
SIX months for various problems. Not
but a couple months of getting all that
fixed I had to buy a new clutch (to the
tune of $800), brakes, and tires etc.
Granted while some of them are wear and
tear stuff--I have NEVER regretted
anyting more than buying this car.
by Wolfsburg on Apr 1, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 4dr Sedan
I purchased this car with 32,000 miles
on it and have since put on 40,000
miles of my own. I opted for the 2.0
instead of the vr6 and I haven't
regretted it for a second. In the
dealer's words, "you could drop a bomb
on this engine and it would keep on
running." I believe it! This little 4
banger has been very reliable and fun
to drive. Although I can't outrun the
new turbocharged 4 cylinders or the
v6's of the world, the engineering
behind the jetta gl 5 speed puts you in
touch with the car.
This car has the reliability you'd
expect from Honda and the personality
that only VW can offer!
by Jewels on Aug 28, 2002 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 4dr Sedan
My father warned me not to buy a VW,
but I didn't listen--Now I kinda wish I
had. I love the look of the car and
it's really fun to drive, however, I
bought it used in 2000, so it was
already 4 years old. I was elated until
I took it in 7 times for repairs. Lucky
for me I got a great 3 yr./100,000 mile
warranty--otherwise I would have been
screwed!. All the repairs were covered--
but about 9 months later the clutch,
brakes and lights all needed replacing.
I will say, though, that those are
typical things that need replacing. I
would just recommend that you really
take your time choosing and
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