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1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Reviews

1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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A great, reliable car.
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By Dragos
on

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

We bought our GLS new in 1997. It has a
manual transmission and a 4cyl 2L
engine.
My wife and I have put 158k miles on it
and it still runs great.
We maintained our VW well and had ONLY
ONE technical problem: all 4 power
windows started to fail in 01.
We were always impressed by the
steering of the car in wet/snowy/icy
conditions. We have driven it numerous
times across the mountain passes in the
winter and it has behaved admirably!
The manual transmission has proven to
be extremely reliable and it has always
helped us in controlling the vehicle
and having more fun driving it.
This Jetta model has by far the largest
trunk in its class.


Best Features

Reliability. Steering. Stability/traction on snowy/icy roads. Manual transmission. Fantastic fuel economy (34mpg on the freeway, 27+mpg in town). Trunk size (when we bought our Jetta in 1997, only Q45 was offering a more spacious trunk!).


Worst Features

Somewhat noisy. Poor quality power windows. Rear leg room.


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Loved it
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By Bigg E
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan


Review

Definately one of the best cars that
I've owned. Very fast, stable and
loaded with features. Only had a few
repair problems. I was told by the
dealer that the brake rotors can not
be turned, they had to be replaced.
Expensive fix. Not an expensive car to
own overall. Definately recommend.


Best Features

Stereo and engine.


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Great Car all the way around!
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By VwChrisVr6
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan


Review

this is an exceptionaly well built
car, built by Volkswagen. If there is
such a car that gives you the power
and the feeling of being a sport car,
but yet has the gift of luxury this is
the car you are looking for.


Best Features

the V6 has to one of my favs, but the leather and all the electronic features are one of the tops, right under driving performance.


Worst Features

the body style, but that was improved in the newer models


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I Regret Buying This Jetta
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By christinamarie
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Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought this car in July 2003 with
52000mi. I drive all over the state,
at least 500 mi a week. I was told by
the dealer that the kick in the engine
between 2md and 3rd gear is normal.
Well, at 60,000 mi the kick has become
fierce and my check engine light is
on. The glove compartment lock is
busted, too.

Also had problems with the bearings on
the wheels, and serious issues with
the poor presentation of my car at the
dealership.

And don't even think about having more
than 2 people in the backseat!


Best Features

Interior cabin, cruise control, handling. Under the hood is for dummies, so checking fluids is not a guessing game.


Worst Features

Cup holders are TERRIBLE, cheap overall quality on parts. Highway driving is OK except for what sounds like a gust of wind through my backseat.


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good car, short money
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By johnny C
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Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 4dr Sedan


Review

sporty, fun to drive. quality German
engineering for a fraction of the cost
of other german motors


Best Features

i like how it sticks to the road in all driving conditions


Worst Features

better gas mileage, could have a little more power..


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