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A fun Car
By donm on 05/22/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 4dr Sedan

Review

You will not be disappointed in this car!! Great acceleration, handling and ride!! Get your hands on one if you can.
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Good looks, VERY poor vehicle...
By Lino on 04/20/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

Review

Former G.M. engineer - I have owned Oldsmobile, Saturn, VW & BMW 325Ci. VR6 is marvelous. Fit & finish: initially appears exceptional for price range. HOWEVER, I will NEVER buy another VW. Overall reliability & long-term quality is ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS; interior parts are cheap & break FREQUENTLY. Check engine light came on at ~50,000 miles & STAYED ON until I sold it at 70,000 miles. VW could not correct problems and told me, "that's just the way these engines are". I have PERSONAL knowledge of other VWs (GLS & GLXs from 1996 THRU 2001 & 2002 VW Beetle) that have had THE EXACT SAME PROBLEMS. CHECK JDPowers surveys as well as NHTSA recall/TSB boards before buying ANYTHING from VW.
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 2.0L
By Sampman on 04/07/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 4dr Sedan

Review

The Jetta GT is an excellent car! I have never experienced any of the problems with the alarm or sunroof, and I use them a lot, especially since warm weather has come. As for performance, I don't see why people complain, if you run it out right, it will take anything. This is the perfect car for someone who is looking to be different, but also wants to customize it. I have already put on exhaust, K & N air filters, nice 18' Rims and tires, Eibach pro-kit 1.5". Personally I have had no problems other than comfort on long road trips, but this car isn't for grandma, is it?
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VW FROM MEXICO JUST NOT CUTTING IT
By TENNISBUM on 03/26/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

Review

VR6 POWERTRAIN IS GREAT. HAS BEEN VERY RELIABLE AND FUN TO DRIVE. HOWEVER, ON THE THIRD YEAR, IRRITATING THINGS STARTED TO HAPPEN. BOTH REAR POWER WINDOW MOTORS HAD TO BE REPLACED ($600). AFTERWHICH, THE EXTERIOR SIDE DOOR MOLDINGS HAVE BEEN SLOWLY PEELING OFF. REPLACED ONE DRIVER'S SIDE MOLDING ($120) AFTER IT COMPLETELY CAME OFF. ALL THESE THINGS HAPPENED AFTER THE WARRANTY EXPIRED. PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE? MY NEXT CAR WILL BE A HONDA ACCORD!
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Great Car!
By lafayette_la_boy on 03/21/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

Review

FUN FUN FUN! The VR6 is silky, fast, and reliable. It goes almost as much power as the BMW 325! But make sure you know someone that will be able to fix the car. It doesn't give much trouble, but the parts and VW mechanics seem to be few and far between if you live in a smaller town!
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great q-ship!
By ths on 03/05/02 13:16 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

Review

This is my 3rd VW and won't be my last. The only thing to know about this car is the fabulous VR6 motor.......torqey, smooth, reasonably fuel efficient, sounds great, and very reliable. If you're looking to buy this car used, don't bother with the anemic 2.0 liter/115 hp motor......waste of time and money. Aside from the great motor, the rest of the car is ho-hum.....bland suspension, smallish wheel/tire combo, unimaginative interior, unexciting body.....but oh DAMN that motor!
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Fun
By jojo on 03/04/02 15:24 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 4dr Sedan

Review

I love this car, fun to drive
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