1997 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: If only I'd known

1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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

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If only I'd known
By Siera on


1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4dr Sedan


I bought the car from a not so reliable dealer unfortunately. The car worked well for about a month. The transmission has been on its way out since I bought it. I've had to replace the fuel pump and other assorted things because it wouldn't start. Now it's not starting again, two months after the last fiasco. This time its believed to be the ignition switch. The only way it stays on is to hold the key all the way over. I have been told by a VW specialist to get rid of it while I still can. It's been nothing but problems and now I have to look for a new car before a start college in a month. My boyfriend's sister had one too and they told her it wasn't safe to drive anymore and to get rid of it.

Best Features

The sunroof. I love it. The sound system is also pretty nice for factory.

Worst Features

Gas mileage. I get maybe 20 mpg. The transmission needs replaced. Expensive parts and labor because it needs to go to a VW person. Haven't met a person yet who liked their Jetta, new or used.
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