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1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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By EPureza
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan


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This car sucks! Definitely not worth the money you'll spend. Power window regulators break regularly, all four of them for $350 a pop. Power locks and alarm will malfunction, beware possibly VW service's ploy so you'll dump more money into it. Why even put heated seats, it only lasted less than 3 years and cost $600 to fix. Don't be fooled by its look! Save yourself!


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By New Dad
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta Trek 4dr Sedan


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So, my wife has never owned anything but a VW. When her '88 Fox GL wagon finally went over the hill, we bought this car, and we love it. The Trek edition is beautiful with the flat 5-spoke 14" rims and the rear deck lid spoiler. Keep wax on it and the Fiesta Red will shine forever. The 2.0L SOHC 8V engine is fantastic. Don't let the uninspiring 115hp fool you. It's the 122lb/ft of torque that makes this car fly. You want a 5-speed. Throw on some Koni adjustable shocks/struts and you've got a European sports sedan.


Favorite Features

Optional Clarion 6-disk CD changer. Cavernous trunk. Unless you lock the doors with the key from the outside with a passenger door open, throw your keys in the passenger door, and then close the door, you cannot lock yourself out.


Suggested Improvements

Buy yourself an OBDII code reader for $67-140 and you'll save yourself hundreds in dealer diagnostics. The check engine light comes on for scheduled services you don't need. The code reader can turn the light off or tell you if you have a real problem.


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very satisfied
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By meli
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan


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this has been the most enjoyable, reliabe car I've ever owned in 59 yrs. I have never been stranded and I have loved every minute of driving it.


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Low-reliability car.
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By babalooo
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 4dr Sedan


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Vehicle has had numerous problems from a blown manual trans, to engine, drive train, emissions, problems, you name it. Pure crap car: poor engineering, poor materials, poor design, just plain poor overall. Everyone else I know that has a VW has the same problem. VW will not fix these know generic problems like trans seal, broken locks, etc. Never again!!!


Favorite Features

none


Suggested Improvements

use better design and materials that will last.


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REPAIRS-REPAIRS-REPAIRS!!!!
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By Jill
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan


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The car is in the shop as I am writing this- Havent had the car 6 months yet! This car is not reliable. Its been in the shop 6 days now and I am up to $4800 in repairs, including new starter and major electric malfunctioning and transmission. If you do not have the extra cash for these pricey repairs BEWARE!! And if you have your heart set on it, then make sure to purchase an extended warranty because you can count on breaking down. Car left me stranded with a horn that would not shut off- had to be towed. Brakes squeaks have a mind of their own. Guzzles gas like crazy. I would never purchase another VW again.


Favorite Features

Sunroof and sound system.


Suggested Improvements

If VW produces such sub-standard vehicles they should offer their customers better manufacturer warranties.


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