by bynddrvn on Jun 30, 2014 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta
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.
just over 100k miles the turbo started leaking oil and this gummed up the MAP sensor, EGR valve, intake, and connecting lines.
by Phil on Mar 6, 2005 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta
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.
by Nalfs on Jul 10, 2004 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta
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
by OmahaBob on May 27, 2004 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta
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
by poor quality on Jan 28, 2004 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta
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.
by blc on Sep 16, 2003 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta
Ive owned this car for a year and am
extremely pleased with this, my 2nd Jetta.
The TDI, with its excellent fuel economy is
practically the best thing going. Couple this
with the longevity and reliability of diesel, its
the hands-down best. Although CR rates this
model low in reliability, Ive had no problems
in the past year.
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