Used 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1996 Volkswagen Jetta

1996 Highlights

A new three-bar grille is added up front. GLX models get a firmer front suspension and new "Bugatti" style wheels. New colors sum up the changes.

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Features & Specs

City 4dr SedanTDi 4dr SedanGLX VR6 4dr SedanGLS 4dr SedanGL 4dr SedanWolfsburg 4dr SedanTrek Limited Edition 4dr Sedan
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower115 hp @ 5400 rpm90 hp @ 3750 rpm172 hp @ 5800 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

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  • Side Crash Rating

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  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
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  • Roof Strength Test
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  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
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  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Love it
I bought my used Jetta about 4 years ago and I still love it. I don't think I can go back to a 4cyl ever again! This car is fast and fun to drive. Problems: side moldings (one fell off, the other one about to). Paint looks awful (but I live in So Cal desert), exterior molding on front windshield disintegrated. Blew a coil last year and now the heater core is kaput. Very expensive to fix. Cupholder is a joke. And my heavy foot doesn't help the already low MPG. Mostly it's just normal problems after 11 years. Plus I drive it hard. But depite this, I am deeply attached to her - I had a Honda before and nothing compares to the driving experience of the Jetta.
Solid and Reliable Vee Dub
The '96 GL was my second Jetta after I traded up my old one, an '86, with 200K miles. I bought this one used (returned from lease) with around 40K miles on it. I love the German engineering and absolute solid feel of this car. This one has 100K miles on it and is as tight as the day I bought it. Although no frills, it's peppy, good in inclimate weather, gets around 34 highway MPG, and is very dependable. Other than routine maintenance (brakes, exhaust, battery etc) I've put no money into this vehicle. If you're looking for a no nonsense safe solid car that's also stylish and fun to drive try a Jetta. This has been the best car I've owned.
My first car...
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.
Used 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Overview

The Used 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan is offered in the following styles: City 4dr Sedan, GL 4dr Sedan, Trek Limited Edition 4dr Sedan, TDi 4dr Sedan, Wolfsburg 4dr Sedan, GLX VR6 4dr Sedan, and GLS 4dr Sedan.

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