So, on the whole this car should be put
in one. Cheap quality: I've noticed
many of you Jetta drivers are also
missing your side moldings. in the last
year: Towed 3 times, the coil blew,
alternator went, timing chain broke,
distributer broke, wires replaced
twice, muffler fell off, trunk-lock
mechinism broke off, breather tube
cracked, O2 sensor replaced twice, oil
sender unit cracked, paint is coming
off, plastic knobs in the interior are
coming off, strange burning smell
coming from the rear wheels (mechanic
can't figure it out). Not a great car.
Poorly assembeled, cheap materials. The
electrical system is jumpy. Bulbs often
blow and get me pulled over.
... I'm hard pressed. The seats are
Overall quality. I don't think I
overpaid for the car initially, however
the repairs cost me a lot.
I have had my car for 5 years now and
had not a single problem. I have done
all the standard maintanence and had
no problems. The car is very zippy and
loves to be driven. The gas mileage is
perfect to. I get just over 30 on the
freway and about 27 in the city. The
backseat is a little small perfect for
kids, but this is about all. I love
the huge trunk and that the back seats
all the windows are one touch on the
way down. All the windows go up or
down using the key outside the car.
The steering wheel needs to tilt more.
Needs better cupholders.
When I first purchased the car it was
a nice performer, but I really didn't
know that it would only last about 6
months. Now, it has been the worst
car I have ever owned. There are too
many mechanical issues to list. I
used to own a Honda and I never had
any problems with it, ever. I kept up
on the maintance, as I do with my VW,
and it ran for 250,000 miles. I have
130,000 miles on the VW and I am
hoping that a deer jumps out in front
of it. It isn't worth anything and I
still owe a ton on it. I will never
buy another VW again. Next purchase
will be a Honda.
Obviously i am typing this so that if
anyone reads this about a 96 GLS
jetta, just try and find another car.
this car has given me so many problems
that its not even cool anymore. First
off 3/4 windows got replaced.
Instrument panel, replaced. Air
conditioner, yah doesnt work cause it
needs a condenser. Engine mounts, all
replaced. Lastly, rebuilt a/t that
cost around 3k and now vw tells me i
need an air mass meter which is
The '96 GL was my second Jetta after I
traded up my old one, an '86, with 200K
miles. I bought this one used
(returned from lease) with around 40K
miles on it. I love the German
engineering and absolute solid feel of
this car. This one has 100K miles on it
and is as tight as the day I bought it.
Although no frills, it's peppy, good in
inclimate weather, gets around 34
highway MPG, and is very dependable.
Other than routine maintenance (brakes,
exhaust, battery etc) I've put no money
into this vehicle. If you're looking
for a no nonsense safe solid car that's
also stylish and fun to drive try a
Jetta. This has been the best car I've
Overall feel and handling. Comfortable
interior with plenty of leg and head
room. FUN to drive - my wife loves it
as well. I actually feel like part of
the car when I'm driving. I have had
zero maintenance issues with this car.
Reduce road noise - tough to do in a
compact car. Improve the door locks,
the door lock froze on occasion (in
severe cold) - after repeated use of de-
icer, a spring in the lock corroded and