1999 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: VW Cannot Build a Reliable Car

1999 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLX VR6 (1999.5) Sedan (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

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VW Cannot Build a Reliable Car
By swall1965 on


1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan (midyear)


It's sad I cannot give this car a positive review. Yes it's fun to drive and yes it's nicely appointed. However, this car has been a constant source of pain for my wife and me. Beginning the first year, the check engine light came on. Having the dealer examine it under warranty, no worries. But, as expected, 2 months after the warranty expired, the mass air sensor had to be replaced for a cost of over $400.00. While VW has admitted known issues with this part, other consistent failures have apparently existed such as issues with ignition coils and fuel injectors. All failures point to wiring issues. They made a dreadful judgement in error and built these in Mexico. Shame on VW!

Best Features

Great driving excitement, quick, great handling and a sense of security behind the wheel.

Worst Features

Emission related problems obviously pointed to wiring design issues. VW can build a helluva motor, but can't seem to wrap a reliable car around it. Not recommended period. And it's a damn shame...
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