1990 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Jetta Diesel

1990 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.6L 4-cyl. Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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Jetta Diesel
By Diesel Dan on


1990 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel 4dr Sedan


After owning over 30 cars in various
condition and age this has been my
favorite. Acceleration is not a strong
point. The car rides great but
cornering could be better. Any
Jetta/Golf from 86-92 has these woes:
The outside door handles WILL break but
they are very easy to replace (1
screw). If you don't properly seal the
antenna at the fender rain water WILL
LEAK ONTO the FUSE BOX causing
electrical problems. (SEE OTHER
REVIEW). The diesel engine is famous
for longevity. The engine noise and
diesel smell will grow on you after
awhile...Regular oil and coolant
changes are essential for the diesel

Best Features

Overall ride and drive quality are excellent. Very dependable and economical if maintained properly. The interior is comfy and durable. Most parts are readily available.

Worst Features

Outside door handles and premature A/C expansion valve failures.
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