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1997 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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By New Dad
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Trek 4dr Sedan


Review

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.


Best 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.


Worst Features

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 Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

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 Sedan 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!!!


Best Features

none


Worst Features

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 Sedan GLX VR6 4dr Sedan


Review

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.


Best Features

Sunroof and sound system.


Worst Features

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


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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 Sedan 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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