1997 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Love-Hate Relationship
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Love-Hate Relationship
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

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There aren't a lot of cars that offer more driving bang for your buck than this one. The VR6 engine is plenty powerful, the handling is up to the job and there are more than enough luxury features, including excellent sport seats and a power sunroof. The problem is VW's laughably sub-par build quality. This car has had problems with the clutch, the shift mechanism, the air conditioning, the cruise control, several engine computer chips and so on. Then there are all the trim pieces that have come apart or dropped off completely. Final word: Great to drive, but poorly built.

Favorite Features

The strong VR6 engine, the huge trunk, the blast-furnace heater, small turning circle.

Suggested Improvements

Build it better. I see by some recent reliability reports that VW still hasn't got this message. Too bad.
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