1996 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Beware the transmission!

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Beware the transmission!
By Sarah117 on


1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan


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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