1996 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: German Unreliability

1996 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan - Consumer Review

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By Brandon on


1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan


After a year of owning this car: the sunroof motor is blown ($300), the back passenger window regulator and motor is blown ($400), the ignition coil failed ($300), sunroof was leaking for awhile ($40 for new seal), and the alarm system arms everytime I got into the car and after 3 visits to the dealer. One month later, they hadn't a clue of what was wrong except that disabling the power locks stopped the problem ($500 for nothing!). So I have no power locks now either. The suspension squeaks over everything and half the interior panels rattle. The motor is still running pretty strong though. This should give you a clue of how reliable VW's are after a decade of use.

Best Features

The transmission is high quality and is smooth as ice. The interior design is efficient and attractive. It has LOADS of trunk space.

Worst Features

I don't think making suggestions for a 10 year old car would help.
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By mickeyt52
on 04/03/11 16:08 PM (PDT)

Most power lock/alarm problems were caused by the wires in the A-pillar/door jamb area. Some of the thicker wires break after so many openings of the door. Easy fix for cheap.

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