1997 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Somewhat disappointed

1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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

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Somewhat disappointed
By MJM on


1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan


Bought the car for my daughters. They hated it it. 1st VW I've owned in 25 yrs. I expected more from the company. Just drove it 700 miles home and was surprised at how well it rode and drove at it's age and mileage. *However* nothing else impressed me. The trunk is huge but that does not make up for the poor electrical design. Had to replace a taillight 4 times in 6 months. I know others who had the same problem I couldn't find a cupholder? Is that what that thing is called? The fuse box is in the most ridiculous place possible. You just can't get to it. Surprised that there is no gas cap cover interior lock. To me, the car is no big deal

Best Features

Huge trunk; heat-a/c; cannot lock your keys in the car; great looking vehicle; long distance driving is no problem;

Worst Features

Check-Engine light too sensitive, O2 problems seem common as does electrical;
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