1997 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Fun to Drive

1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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By ape on


1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 4dr Sedan


I bought this car after test driving other similar sedans because I liked the driveability and it wanted a manual. I still like the driveability but will not buy another VW for a long time. I've replaced the distributor cap and coils more than once, replaced the battery a couple times, replaced the ignition switch, and had it stop and need towing at least twice for issues such as the distributor cap. For a long time I've explained the problems by looking at the car's age and high mileage but after reading other reviews see other owners have had similar experiences. The trim has fallen off both sides of my car and currently all of the gauges randomly drop to zero while I'm driving!

Best Features

The turning radius, 5-speed manual transmission, and general driveability.
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