1997 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Unreliable and Expensive

1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

107 Total Reviews

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Unreliable and Expensive
By Jimbo on


1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 4dr Sedan


I like the design and handling of this car however there have been several major issues. My car has had a series of electrical issues and you need to be a contortionist to get to the fuse box. I've had the air conditioner fail. the fan switch short out and MELT, the coil cracked (a common issue) and this is in addition to the exhaust rattling (another common problem). You expect to have to do replacement of wearable mechanicals however this is an expensive car to repair. Even basic replacement items such as struts are far more expensive than any car I've ever had. You have to go to the dealer to replace/ top off trans fluid in automatics. Idiotic.

Best Features

I like the body style.

Worst Features

Improve reliability and stop making "special" parts that require "special tools" to replace. The use of a sealed transmission to require owners to be slaves to dealers is a criminal act in itself. Shame on VW.
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