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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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Vehicle

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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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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Terrible reliability
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By poor quality
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Vehicle

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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52 MPG
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By macmandrew
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel 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.


Favorite 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.


Suggested Improvements

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 Diesel 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.


Favorite Features

Fuel economy about 44 mpg around town when driven hard.


Suggested Improvements

Cup Holders are a German stumbling block.


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