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Don't buy this pain in the neck
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By rockclimber
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought the car new from the dealer
w/a keyless remote. It was worthless
and I had it replaced several times
(thank goodness for lifetime
warranties). Finally I had the whole
think yanked. Electrically this car is
a heap. It can self-alarm after
starting w/ the key & 30 secs later it
goes off. I have to tow it in for
repair. Why the side mirrors are heated
to 100F is beyond me. Supposedly, if
the driver's door is left ajar for
several mins, the car self-alarms. VW
engrs figured this means the driver is
being attacked, so the car disables
itself. I won't buy VW again.


Best Features

Motor pep, winding thru the gears, zooming thru traffic


Worst Features

Cupholders should hold more than a 12 oz can. A little more headroom would help, too.


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fundriver
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By DamienL
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

This is my second Jetta. The first one
was a 1989 GL. I just retired it at
210,000 miles. I wasn't the original
owner either, but it has the original
clutch, engine, and transmission.


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OOPS
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By Tur77tle
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan


Review

Loved the jetta at first. Bought at a
steal with 43,000 mi. At about 80,000
had TONS of problems. Brakes always
squeak (replaced twice), electrical
problems with AC, Engine lights on,
brake system lights always on,and O2
sensors replced. Actually failed
emissions this year (Car had to reach
600 degrees before sensors turned on).
Transmission problems shifting from 1st
to 2nd gear. And finally, the car
wouldn't shift into 5th gear reliabily
at all. Oh yeah, the driver side lock
just fell right out!!This is odd
because have very good service
records. Thank god I had a great
mechanic!


Best Features

Looks nice, good stereo system, comfortable to ride in.


Worst Features

Fix transmission problems and everyone I know with that Jetts has had problems with the O2 sensors.


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JETTA GT
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By titanone
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 4dr Sedan


Review

Over 6 years of reliable driving, great
fuel economy and handling. Cheap to
own and maintain.


Best Features

Sunroof 5 speed manual trans


Worst Features

Power windows Better stereo Longer lasting headlights


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Never Again
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By Fitzy
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

For starters they have the worst
customer service on the planet.
Secondly, I have had more problems with
it than I could even fit into this
review. Engine light constantly comes
on and VW charges $97 just to tell you
why, side molding has fallen off both
side doors multiple times until I
finally used epoxy, my door lock on
both front doors broke and the lock
would spin in place instead of unlock
my doors, my passenger side window fell
off the track and into the door and
broke into pieces, my driver side
window no longer works, cruise control
broke, A/C no longer works, brakes went
faster than I would have imagined, and
even the mufflers are garbage!


Best Features

Sunroof and big trunk


Worst Features

Scrap it and start over. This thing is so unreliable I don't think there is much to build on besides the VW name.


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