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Heed used VW's with caution
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By jewelsg627
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1996 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Wolfsburg 4dr Sedan


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I have had NOTHING but problems with
this car! Granted, it is partly my
fault and here's why: I test drove a
few and then stopped. I found my car
and since I had already driven a Jetta
I didn't think I needed to drive this
particular car--WRONG!! I realized it
had a loud rattling noise under the
car. I took the car in to get it fixed
and ended up going back SEVEN times in
SIX months for various problems. Not
but a couple months of getting all that
fixed I had to buy a new clutch (to the
tune of $800), brakes, and tires etc.
Granted while some of them are wear and
tear stuff--I have NEVER regretted
anyting more than buying this car.


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devil in disguise
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By kimbot
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1996 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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Things that are still not working:
Speedometer
Trip
Gas gauge
Things that don’t work like they should:
a/c
Things that broke/are breaking too
soon/too often:
Brakes
Transmission
Things that should not have happened:
Gas mileage poor now
huge Coolant leak
Oil leak

too many O2 senors replaced. tried so
many times to get speedometor to work,
every time it would break within a few
days. transmission went out after
75,000 miles. brakes always felt
funny.
automatic transmissions are crap.
manuals seem to be better


Best Features

style, look , feel, interior, seats, cloth, sunroof, passenger space, trunk space, gas milage (before), it was the car off my dreams before it started falling apart. ( i had a reliable 1985 jetta but... these new ones stink)


Worst Features

MAKE VWS MORE RELIABLE. quit adding new expensive things that will just break soon after.


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Beware the transmission!
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By Sarah117
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1996 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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I bought the car last year with 84,000 miles
on it. Little did I know, automatic jettas have
a reputation for needing the transmission
replaced at 100,000. Here I am a year and a
half later, and I need a new car even though
this one is not yet paid off. It's a shame,
because I loved to drive it (back when it still
moved!) I have since been told by many
independent mechanics that they're
constantly replacing the ATs. Also: needed
900 bucks of electrical work, power locks
broke, speakers needed replaced, alarm
needed fixed, oil leak, water leak, something
is screwy with the alignment or tires that
can't seem to be fixed even after many
attempts. . .


Best Features

Does fantastic in the snow!! Better than any SUV you could possibly find. Looks super sharp, especially with the spoiler. I love the sunroof! And it never leaves you stranded. It will get you home regardless of what's leaking or broken. Reliability in that sense.


Worst Features

Build a transmission that lasts longer than 96,000 miles, for starters. Also, not having to take my car to the shop twice a month would be a nice improvement, indeed.


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My first car...
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By kellan
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1996 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought my 96 Jetta GL in the
beginning of January, used at 56k
miles, in 2003 as my first car. I've
had some trouble with it since I bought
it 8 months ago, probably due to the
previous owner's neglect, but I love it
regardless. So far I've replaced all
four tires, repaired an oil leak, re-
glued side moldings, and replaced its
brakes. The transmission isn't exactly
top-of-the-line, but what more can you
expect from a 4-cyl? Still, I love the
car. The sunroof is great, and the
trunk is roomy. Overall, I'm glad I
picked it as my first car.


Best Features

sunroof, exterior design, heat & A/C, roomy and comfortable, fun to drive, huge trunk.


Worst Features

glove compartment, bigger console and cup-holders, and an illuminated dashboard (my air controls don't light up)


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SWEET CAR!
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By Jimmy2
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1996 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLX VR6 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought my Jetta with only 60k on it
now has 170000! I Dirve my car VERY
hard. and beat it. only thing that has
really been a prob. is the fact that
the trans has a cable shifter and
after this many miles numb dosent
exactly describe it.. other than that
I love the car still just as fast as
the day I bought it!


Best Features

looks utilty of a family car but performance of a sprots car


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