1998 Volkswagen Jetta Review | Edmunds.com

1998 Volkswagen Jetta

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Volkswagen Jetta Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.8 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 172 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Volkswagen Jetta

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Classic good looks. Great road manners. Optional side airbags. Remarkable powertrain warranty. Free scheduled maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles.

  • Cons

    Slightly underpowered. Cramped rear seat.

  • What's New for 1998

    The TDI has finally arrived. New wheel covers and colors are offered, while remote keyless entry makes it easier to lock and unlock the Jetta. GLX models have new one-touch up power windows with pinch protection.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 24
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

I beat the crap out of this car on a daily basis,driving it all over the Tri-state area and it has never left me stranded.Just keep up with the maintenance and they are all go! Repairs seem to be easy to do.Most of them I can do in my driveway.Could you expect anything less from a Peoples car.




Migraine

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

I purchased the car with 96K and now have 133K. Repairs so far include: timing chain & belt clutch all 4 window regulators struts, ball joints, control arms - entire suspension AC all hoses sparkplugs now I'm looking at fixing the heater core, which is ~ $700. Also worth noting the radio gets minimal reception, CD player died soon after purchase, electronics are quirky (turn volume down and it goes up), cruise control doesn't work. When there's nothing wrong with the car it drives fine and is fun, but the maintenance is horrible, and I take it to the best and cheapest shop around (Black Forest Industries). Probably put in ~$5K in 40K miles/2.5 years (paid 5600). Never buying a VW again




Love it!

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

I just bought this car a couple months ago, haven't had it too long. My first vw. But i love it! Had to have two of the regulators replaced when i got it but no surprise by all the reviews i keep reading. The back right Bose speaker blew out. The clutch is starting to wear out too, but i think the owner before me drove dirty. So once i get a new clutch ill be running smooth again! Wish my car had the heated leather seats though..




Nothing but problems

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

Ever since i have owned this car, i have had to keep putting money into it. New spark plugs, new transmission, window mount broke twice, faulty wiring, engine mount broke, emergency break light stays on some times; it is by far the worst car that i have ever owned. I will NEVER own another volkswagen again.




Been a great car over

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

I've had my 1998 Volkswagen Jetta for eight years now with 175,000 miles and have been very pleased. I've had the ususal Jetta problems with the ignition, water hose, window regulator, minor electrical and body moldings. The parts manager at the dealership gave me a great tip on the moldings. Buy the pop-in plastic moldings from the '95 model. They look fine and you will never have to replace them again. I use the seat adjustment levers for my cupholders which hold big cups. I have changed the oil / filter every 5,000 miles, the air filter every 35,000 miles, and hope to keep the car for 250,000 miles. The V6 engine has been very reliable with no engine repairs whatsoever.




The good and the bad......

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Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

I bought my Jetta GLS new in November, 1997 and now have approximately 145,000 miles on it. Over that time it has needed a few repairs, but nothing hideous. The car is still an absolute blast to drive. The acceleration with the manual 5- speed is excellent and the handling is still tight. I haven't experienced the "stiff shifting" quality cited in some reviews. The car definately encourages "spirited" driving, giving the driver the same sense of connectedness with the road as the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4 for thousands of dollars less. Its interior and exterior design are really attractive and have stood up over time, the car still looks great. Overall, a durable, and stylish ride.



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Full 1998 Volkswagen Jetta Review

What's New for 1998

The TDI has finally arrived. New wheel covers and colors are offered, while remote keyless entry makes it easier to lock and unlock the Jetta. GLX models have new one-touch up power windows with pinch protection.

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Talk About The 1998 Jetta

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Discussions See all Started By

vdubman
vdubman
05-10-2006
I just got a 1988 Jetta for free that is in mint condition complete with the BBS wheels. I bought a 1998 VR6 complete with auto trans.,complete wiring and computer, and struts and axels. I am a do it ...


oopris
oopris
03-28-2003
I have a Volkswagen Jetta 1998(89,000 km)....


jeffyscott
jeffyscott
11-20-2005
Jettas are nice cars, but not the cheapest to buy. If you can't afford breakdowns, it seems kind of risky to be buying a car with 113,000 miles....



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