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1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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Volkswagen Jetta Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 115 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent road manners, roomy interior, fun-to-drive, heater will roast your face

  • Cons

    Some controls and symbols difficult to decipher, staid styling, underpowered four-cylinder engine

  • What's New for 1997

    Wolfsburg models are gone, and the Jetta GT arrives sporting the look of the GLX without the VR6 engine. Trek gets alloy wheels. GL, GLS, Trek and GT run more quietly, thanks to a new cylinder head design.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
/
  • 29
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Vw built to save lives.

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Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Jetta Jazz 4dr Sedan

My 17 year old daughters (twins) have been driving this car for 1 1/2 years. Friday night my daughter lost control of the vehicle, flipped twice, hit a tree, hit a rock wall and landed on the roof of the car. The exterior of the car is completely totaled. The interior of the car is completely intact. The frame work around the top and sides of the car held it from crumbling around her. My daughter walked away from the accident and has only 9 stitches in her knees (and I believe that is from crawling out of the car.) VW is built tough and will be the car of choice for my children to drive.




'97 jetta jazz

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Vehicle: 1997 Volkswagen Jetta Jazz 4dr Sedan

I absolutely loved this car when I got it new. I drove it with 115,000 miles with no problems. Then the 1st transmission died (manual). At 146,000 miles the second one died and I am ready to retire it. I still love the car but its not so much fun without the 2, 3 and 5th gears!



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Full 1997 Volkswagen Jetta Review

What's New for 1997

Wolfsburg models are gone, and the Jetta GT arrives sporting the look of the GLX without the VR6 engine. Trek gets alloy wheels. GL, GLS, Trek and GT run more quietly, thanks to a new cylinder head design.

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Talk About The 1997 Jetta

1997 Volkswagen Jetta Discussions See all Started By

jrb01
jrb01
08-06-2001
I have a 1997 Jetta and the exhaust system has rusted out. I take good car of the car, have regular maintenance, and live in an area with little harsh weather....


thepoopster
thepoopster
03-17-2014
I have a 97 jetta trek that is having problems. Grinding noises from transfer , no reverse, hard to shift, loud winding noise. I think it's may be the trough out baring thing from what I'm reading...


jetta9
jetta9
09-19-2006
i have a 1990 mk2 jetta 1.8 liter, i was wondering if i could swap a 1997 mk3 jetta 2.0 liter engine and what is involved in doing it?...



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