1997 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: what will fall off next...

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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan


71,000 miles... 4 exhausts, starter
(@26k miles, dealer said was not
surprised.. and wouldn't cover a new
one), altenator (@45k miles, not
covered), power steering pump,
radiator, 3rd set of tires (alignment
does not hold), body molding falls off,
trunk leaks, randomly stalls in the
rain (plugs, wires, dist. cap,
solenoid, etc.. replaced 3 times), AC
unit died, interior lights behind dash
died (~$500 to rip out dash to replace
$3 bulb). This thing is less reliable
then the old land rover I have, and
maintance costs are about the same.

Best Features

better gas milage then an old rover with 150k miles. Radio will get loud enough to drown out exhaust noise next time it falls off.

Worst Features

Take auto-mechanic class before attempting to build a car.
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