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1999 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Reviews

1999 Volkswagen Jetta

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Comfortable but unreliable
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By bynddrvn
on

Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen Jetta TDi 4dr Sedan


Review

Basically constant problems. For some reason the braking system has never worked correctly, even under moderate pedal pressure the brakes pulse as though the ABS is engaged. Replaced main brake booster, front disks, and brake pads.

The fenders rusted through and this is apparently a known issue for the diesel version as it has additional insulation to dampen noise. Unfortunately, the insulation also happens to suck up moisture and road salt.

Around 80k miles the MAP sensor went out and just about part related to the braking system was replaced, again.

At
just over 100k miles the turbo started leaking oil and this gummed up the MAP sensor, EGR valve, intake, and connecting lines.


Best Features

The seats are very comfortable.


Worst Features

The engine and brakes are just not reliable. From researching online - many people have issues with the front fenders rusting through, MAP issues, and vacuum hoses. Yet no recalls?


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JettaTDI
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By Nalfs
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Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen Jetta TDi 4dr Sedan


Review

Primary reason for buying was to avoid
semi-weekly gas station fillups as I
have a 100 mi. daily commute. Milege
is better than advertised. I get 49-52
mpg. Paying dividends now with gas >
$2.00 and diesel @ $1.70! It has been
extremely reliable, it has never broken
down or failed to start, even in
subzero New England weather. Never any
problems with electrical. Glow plugs
had to be replaced once (not needed to
start car) and were rather expensive,
but you can find them cheap on the
internet rather than pay the
dealerships insane prices. 135K miles
to date and many more I'm sure. Great
car.


Best Features

Milege, comfortable firm seats, large trunk, dependability


Worst Features

Takes a long time to heatup on cold mornings, skinny steering wheel, should have variable intermittant wipers, cannot fit winter wiper blades so they ice up


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Terrible reliability
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By poor quality
on

Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen Jetta TDi 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought this car for my parents to
drive being a supposedly great car.
Unfortunately, we have never seen such
terrible reliability in a car. This
car visits the dealership every other
month with every breakdown possible
from turbo, glowplugs, electrical,
engine problems, carbon build up, door
locks, lighting contols, stalling, not
starting etc. etc. My parents are stuck
driving their older Buick LeSabre most
the time because it is the only car
they can trust.


Best Features

Gas mileage and handling.


Worst Features

Please don't make any more of these lemons. People don't realize how bad the quality is until they start breaking down on them all the time.


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52 MPG
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By macmandrew
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Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen Jetta TDi 4dr Sedan


Review

Driven over 130,000 miles, This has
been a great car. Comfortable seats,
Good heater, excellent A/C, 5 Speed
Manual Trans (no problems).
On the Dark Side:
The interior trim is removing itself.
Gas station attendant Conan'd off the
fuel filler flap (cheap plastic?)
Threw the 3 rear head rests in the
trunk so I could see out the back
window.


Best Features

Fuel economy = excellent. Big Trunk, Had top-of-the-line Michelin tires when I bought it.(They lasted 120,000 miles.) I fit 14- 2x4s 8foot long in this car.


Worst Features

Everyone agrees; Cup holders must go. 20 oz Soda bottle goes in but doesn't come out, without a crowbar. Green Goo dripping out of door is wax, and it sticks to the back of your pants. Suggest discount on dry cleaning.


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TDi
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By TDi Love
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Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen Jetta TDi 4dr Sedan


Review

This is a great car. Fast. Efficient. A
best kept secret in the USA. In Europe
the TDi rules. Customizes well. Strong
chassis. Highly reccomend this car.


Best Features

Fuel economy about 44 mpg around town when driven hard.


Worst Features

Cup Holders are a German stumbling block.


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