1997 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Great Economical Car with Zip

1997 Volkswagen Golf - Consumer Review

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Jazz 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great Economical Car with Zip
By jtripper22 on


1997 Volkswagen Golf Jazz 4dr Hatchback


Living in Seattle, it's great to have a car this size to park downtown. The gas mileage is very good too, and as a third owner I've been impressed to have very little go wrong. Valve head gasket is a rubber piece whose integrity lessens over time and the leaking oil compromises the coolant flange, so they'll often go together, but with any car this old rubber pieces will wear. I have had those go, but everything else is solid, and I've been happy to stop buying cheap cars to spend a little more with reliable results. Room enough for snowboarding gear (with seats down), and decent room for 4 (or 5 in a pinch). I love the stick-shift - it makes merging so easing which is useful in a city.

Best Features

Hatch. Zip.

Worst Features

Cupholders only accomodate 12 oz. size coffee cups, and you can't open the ashtray (I use for change) with a drink in the holder. Molding on doors have all fallen off (though only about $50 to remount - still annoying). Glove box bangs the knees of passengers when open. All very minor.
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