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.
The seats are very comfortable.
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?
1999 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GL TDi 4dr Sedan (midyear)
Bought the car new and have had very few problems. Replaced the glow plugs at 100,000, and fuel economy is not what it used to be ... but it still gets over 40 mpg. Great car on the highway or country driving. Feels like a sports car.
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
Milege, comfortable firm seats, large
Takes a long time to heatup on cold
mornings, skinny steering wheel, should
have variable intermittant wipers,
cannot fit winter wiper blades so they
1999 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GLS TDi 4dr Sedan (midyear)
Styling and ride are fine. I can't
believe the things that went wrong
that I have never experienced in a car
in my life. Windows(2) dropping down
into the door for no reason. Both
cupholders that won't work. What's
that about. Trunk release went inop
for no reason. AM radio side has a
range of about 2.4 miles. Mass air
system not being covered by drive
train warranty - but on a regular gas
engine it was a recall repair. My
power went down 50% because of this.
$500 to repair. Stupid,stupid,
stupid. Makes customer loyalty hard
to consider. Other than this, I love
the car. Dumb stuff hurts an otherwise
Priced right. Great mileage. Handles
well. Good styling. Comfortable ride.
Work on common things. Like
cupholders, trunk remotes, window
retainers, mass air systems... stuff
like that. Dependability is why people
buy this car.
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.
Gas mileage and handling.
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.