1997 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Good looks, VERY poor vehicle.
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan - Consumer Review

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Good looks, VERY poor vehicle...
By Lino on

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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

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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.

Best Features

VR6 engine Interior/exterior design

Worst Features

Too many. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS, OR ANY OTHER VW PRODUCT IF YOU VALUE YOUR MONEY.
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