1998 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: 98 TDI
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98 TDI
By epshade on

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDi 4dr Sedan

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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.

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Torque, mileage, handling

Worst Features

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