1996 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Tough Tough car

1996 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GL Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Tough Tough car
By WOBtheJetta on


1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan


I bought my Jetta used in January of
2000 with 60,000 miles. I now have
140,000 miles on it. I drive it VERY
hard when the engine has warmed up but
am easy on it while its warming up. I
think that and 5000 mile intervals of
fresh 20W50 are the keys to
longevity. I get about 29(summer), 31
(non-summer) mpg in town, 34 on a slow
highway, and 29 on the interstate, and
this is with my lead foot!!! The
engine, transmission, and clutch are
extremely durable ~~ they are all
still original, and the engine has
never burned any oil!!

Best Features

Reliability black upholstery, La Cucaracha seatbelt reminder tone, airbags *and* seatbelt pretensioners, three wheeler handling, lots of frontseat legroom, killer A/C and Heat, decent factory speakers, jaquard velour, huge trunk, tiny turn-radius, excellent city fuel economy.

Worst Features

Trim panels on door should be snap mounted rather than glued so they wouldn't fall off. Flash Red could use a clearcoat. Squeak and Rattle levels are excessive. Glovebox should exist, console storage should be larger than a box of matches, trunk and back seat lights, wind noise.
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