We bought our GLS new in 1997. It has a
manual transmission and a 4cyl 2L
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.
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!).
Somewhat noisy. Poor quality power
windows. Rear leg room.
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.
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.
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.
the body style, but that was improved
in the newer models
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
Also had problems with the bearings on
the wheels, and serious issues with
the poor presentation of my car at the
And don't even think about having more
than 2 people in the backseat!
Interior cabin, cruise control,
handling. Under the hood is for
dummies, so checking fluids is not a
Cup holders are TERRIBLE, cheap
overall quality on parts. Highway
driving is OK except for what sounds
like a gust of wind through my
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