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3 of 6 people found this review helpful
a big bottomless hole in my wallet
By okayt on 01/24/12 17:36 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan K2 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this car 2 years ago. The muffler fell off twice in 1 week right after I got it along with the siding (back on w/ double-sided tape) & the spoiler. Had to fix the ignition switch, buy a new radio/cd player. Several sets of new tires. Blinker/brake light problems which only worked for a year & stopped working again. The 2 back windows are being held up with pcs of wood. The power locks don't work from the inside (they'll lock me in). AC adaptor doesn't work & I was told they couldn't fix it. The glove compartment handle snapped off. & now it's back in the shop for some unknown reason. If it's more than a couple hundred I'm buying a new car & never buying a Dub again
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Another great VW
By trav87 on 01/26/10 19:59 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GT 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought mine used from a local VW dealer, and abuse the snot out of it. I autocross and do hill climbs with this car, as well as daily drive it. Normal wear and tear items get replaced, and regular maintenance keep things going strong. As with any used car, parts tend to wear out faster than new, so be prepared to spend money keeping them going. Do your homework and never buy a used car without having it checked out!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Good car
By German on 01/11/10 17:37 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan

Review

Good car, great on gas will buy an other vw again.
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1 of 7 people found this review helpful
never buying a VW again
By no more vw's on 12/09/09 14:12 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan

Review

car ran well for about a year before everything went wrong. Bought with 76,000 now has 130,000 miles Muffler fell off about 7 times resulting in lots of repair costs. When everything seemed ok the distributor went and needed new wires. After that the spark plugs had a problem resulting in gas killing my catalytic convertor and o2 sensors that =$1,200 worth of repairs. Had steering problems and a few days ago the clutch broke and stuck to the floor. Quick fix for about $200 bucks but warned that the clutch will go very soon. Body is rusting faster and faster where it is to the point that you cannot even jack the car up without the body crumbling. Replacing car ASAP and never buying VW again
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Beg to differ
By gys98jetta on 11/23/09 15:55 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan

Review

Great to drive to Sacramento and back and to work and to all my friends houses and then do it all over again.
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bullet proof for the most part
By kolt on 10/19/09 13:26 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan K2 4dr Sedan

Review

I have owned my jetta for about a year got it with 137k replaced the struts pads cleaned the rotors replaced the belts and got a new exhaust. Given how old the car was with the miles all that should be expected I now have 160k plus and I'm replacing the clutch and motor mounts but the car Neva has left me stranded always starts is sweet in the snow and will eat a stock civic. With mods will keep up wit fast cars. Relatively cheap to fix if you can dyi. Its got a good amount of torque for carrying hills but not so much top end for speeding tickets if your looking for a decent looking out side a very Nice inside and and decent lil 4 banger this is what your want v-tec virtually tourqeless economy car
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Could have been a contender.
By Bing on 10/05/09 17:08 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan

Review

I like the way she drives.. I bought the car with 106k miles on it. Salvaged the ailing (automatic)transmission with transmission conditioner. The window regulators are garbage. They break often and run you over $350 a pop to put in. Don't let a substandard shop work on the car. They will cause you more problems. The car has broken motor mounts, they cause a shimmy when accelerating and cause the CV joints to wear quickly. The engine and Transmission still run really strong with 170,000 miles. Just don't think the rest of the car will last. With TLC early in the life of the car I think it would be running and looking great in every facet.
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Absolutely not!
By SMO on 07/15/09 22:09 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Wolfsburg 4dr Sedan

Review

So I bought my nice 1998 jetta in 2008 for a graduation present to myself. Granted the car was 10 years old and I did get it for a deal (sort of)...IT stinks! so far since I've had it (less than a year) I've had to replace the wheel bearings 3 separate times because they've broken while I was driving and I've also done the breaks and rotors twice. On top of that I had to replace the exhaust, all the window motors are messed up, my automatic door locks don't work, the window cable broke, my 02 sensor failed, my cruise control doesn't work, the wiring causes shorts in the lighting and sensors, and my side panels had to be reglued in place. All of this at 120,000 miles? I miss my dodge stratus!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Driver Found
By Tony on 04/12/09 16:28 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Migraine
By George on 03/04/09 05:48 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLX VR6 4dr Sedan

Review

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
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