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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel - Consumer Reviews

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TDi 1.9L 4-cyl. Turbodiesel 5-speed Manual - (18 reviews )
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good mileage however.....
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By krc
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan


Review

The car has been great on long trips mileage and ride however the quality is not up to the Honda Civic I had. I just got the car out of the shop cost $ 1385.00 and that does not include the injector pump covered under warranty ($1600) It is back in the shop after two weeks with a hard start problem. cost??? Haven't got it back yet.


Best Features

mileage, handling, interior comfort


Worst Features

A injector pump should not go out in 70,000 miles. I had a mercedes 300sd for 235,000 miles and never had the injector pump go bad.


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TDI Jetta
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By abcde
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan


Review

Great mileage and fun to drive and is very comfortable for long periods. After 45000 glow plugs had to be replaced for $600 and dealer had car for 2 weeks. I thought they should do better on both. No loaner available! No other problems with vehicle.


Best Features

Smoothness and reliability of engine. Fuel economy, comfort of interior.


Worst Features

Cup holders useless. Dealer service is too expensive and lenghty, especially for repairs. I had an engine light come on and they couldn't address it for a month!


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Inspired car with fatal flaw
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By JohnTDI
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan


Review

Bought the car brand new, May 98, & I've had a love/hate relationship w/ it ever since. The car is a blast to drive...great acceleration & amazing fuel efficiency. Car's efficiency has ruined me for all other cars. Frustrations: radio replaced twice, key ignition sticks in start position, replaced fuel injection manifold, replaced 2 glow plugs, all 4 side moldings peeled off, hard starting in WARM weather (recent problem). Problems have been covered by the 100k mile warranty, but what happens when it runs out? Car will cost more to maintain after 100K miles than it did to make payments on it. Bought it for fun, economy, & reliability. Ended up with 1 of 3.


Best Features

Fuel economy unmatched & fun to drive! Surprising pickup & passing power at stoplights & on highway, handling is resposive, & suspension gives a firm command of the road. Handles curves & pot-holes with equal grace. Most people who ride in it are surprised it's a deisel!


Worst Features

Build quality & dealer service, a 6-spd transmission, useful cup holders, & bigger turbo (1.9L TDI in Europe = 150 hp). Teach VW techs how to speak "deisel"-tech tried to convince me that glow plug = spark plug & took 3 wks to diagnose & replace fuel inj manifold-cost $3000.


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i love my nellie
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By dieselgirl
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan


Review

love the rumble - has started all 4 Minnesota winters - carbon buildup in the intake is a problem at approx. 90k


Best Features

engine


Worst Features

there are plastic panels on the doors that come off over time - minor annoyance


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98 TDI
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By epshade
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan


Review

Bought in 2000 when 2 years old. Problems with the turbo, dealer replaced for free even though I am the third owner. Consistently get 50 mpg +/- 1 mpg winter, summer, city or highway. Lots of torque; I do not use first gear. Handling very good, and the car is balanced so that it sometimes tricks me into thinking it is a rear-wheel drive car in the winter, and I slide past a turn when I downshift to slow down. Only negatives are that one door is stuck shut (due to handle?). Can't VW fix this after two decades? Also, stock shocks/struts are junk; KYB improved handling significantly.


Best Features

Torque, mileage, handling


Worst Features

Make oil changes easier. Make door handle/hardware more reliable.


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