1996 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Better than domestic, but not

1996 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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Better than domestic, but not Japanese
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1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan


I bought my Jetta GLS in June of 2000,
when I bought it the rear defroster
didn't work(did not know at time of
purchase), all 8 pieces of side
molding were discolored, the tire
covers' paint were chipped off, and
the beams between the rear windows and
the fixed portion of the window were
rusted. Fixed those problems, and
have also had to fix one power window,
and replace tires for excessive wear
on the front passenger tire. Also
specs of rust are forming in various

Best Features

Huge trunk, German car feel, reliable engine.

Worst Features

Electrical problems, the orchestra of rattles and squeaks, wind and road noise, and well, just the reliablility and build quality overall.
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