1997 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Looks Cool, Is a piece of Junk

1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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107 Total Reviews

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

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Reliability Value
Looks Cool, Is a piece of Junk
By Disillusioned on


1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 4dr Sedan


I've had so many problems with this car I
cannot even remember them all. The tailpipe
fell right off the car while I was driving
once. The electrical system went out. The
ignition switch had to be replaced, the door
strips came off three times, the handles
have broken off the glove compartment, the
lights have gone out in the console. I have
taken excellent care of this car from day one
and it has caused me nothing but grief. NOP
NOT BUY ONE OF THESE. My girlfriends 12
year old Honda Accord with 115k miles on it
is twice as reliable as this Jetta was, even
when it was new. I will NEVER buy a
Volkswagen again.

Best Features

Looks cool, nice alloy wheels, good speakers.

Worst Features

Workmanship is extremely shoddy and reliability is awful. Maintenance is extremely expensive. I spend thousands of dollars a year just keeping this lemon running. I'm thinking of selling mine and buying an old Honda.
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