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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel

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Comfortable but unreliable
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By bynddrvn
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel 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.


Favorite Features

The seats are very comfortable.


Suggested Improvements

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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Good Car
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By Phil
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GL TDi 4dr Sedan (midyear)


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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.


Favorite Features

Ride, style, fuel mileage, seats, interior, exterior.


Suggested Improvements

Car rides too low.


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JettaTDI
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By Nalfs
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel 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.


Favorite Features

Milege, comfortable firm seats, large trunk, dependability


Suggested Improvements

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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Pay me now or pay me later
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By OmahaBob
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel GLS TDi 4dr Sedan (midyear)


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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 nice car.


Favorite Features

Priced right. Great mileage. Handles well. Good styling. Comfortable ride.


Suggested Improvements

Work on common things. Like cupholders, trunk remotes, window retainers, mass air systems... stuff like that. Dependability is why people buy this car.


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Terrible reliability
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By poor quality
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel 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.


Favorite Features

Gas mileage and handling.


Suggested Improvements

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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