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.