1997 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: 97 GLX Reliability issues

1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLX VR6 Sedan (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
97 GLX Reliability issues
By Scrappy on


1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan


Door alarm problem - car arms itself
whenever the rear door is opened or
that electric window is operated. Need
2 keys to get it started.
Engine Sputters - Car sometimes
hesitates and runs poorly for a few
days then is fine for weeks at a
time. Side door molding strips keep
falling off. Buy some doublesided tape
ahead of time. No big deal to fix. No
place to put stuff. Ex: Cup hldr under
ashtray so unusable for anything
taller than soda. though. FIX
ELECTRICAL PROBS! VW's notorious for
this. You'd think theyd have solved
by now.

Best Features

When it runs, it has great pickup and handles well. All around, a fun car to drive. Has lots of features heated seats, mirrors you wouldn't expect at that price.

Worst Features

VR6 gearing same as 4cyl. OD w/b nice so no winding engine on Hway when you'd rather have better mpg. If sunroof could use more hdrm. At 6'1" head nearly touches. At night dash light reflects on windshield, annoying.
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