Used 1997 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1997 Volkswagen Jetta

1997 Highlights

Wolfsburg models are gone, and the Jetta GT arrives sporting the look of the GLX without the VR6 engine. Trek gets alloy wheels. GL, GLS, Trek and GT run more quietly, thanks to a new cylinder head design.


  • Excellent road manners, roomy interior, fun-to-drive, heater will roast your face


  • Some controls and symbols difficult to decipher, staid styling, underpowered four-cylinder engine

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Features & Specs

GL 4dr SedanGT 4dr SedanJazz 4dr SedanGLX VR6 4dr SedanTrek 4dr SedanTDi 4dr SedanGLS 4dr Sedan
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower115 hp @ 5400 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm172 hp @ 5800 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm90 hp @ 3750 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
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    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
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  • Roof Strength Test
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  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
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  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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Never Buy a VW
I really hate this car with a passion. Literally every day something goes wrong. Yesterday my starter went. I had it replaced. Today the idle is going crazy and its smelling like gas really bad. The coolant system is terrible. Pretty much everything on this car is designed poorly and made of plastic. The exhaust rattles of the underside of the car. The electrical system is total junk. I have had problems with this car since day one. If you are reading this and are considering getting a VW, please go buy a Honda, seriously.
Great overall car, maintenance is key to go 200k+ miles
I owned 2 VWs on the past, a 02 Jetta Wolfsburg, and 03 Gti , both 1.8t 5spds. I recently got rid of my newer truck to go back to No payments, and found a 1997 Jetta Gt black with black leather w/140k miles this past January. This car has been awesome, ive taken great care of her, since it was a 1 owner and interior is immaculate with no rips and paint looks new. mechanically car seems very sound, especially on the freeway, its very smooth. Ive had a few hiccups with car, such as gas gauge not always working or power door locks not working on driver side, but its expected with a older car. I plan to do a full overhaul and tune up to car in next 6 months, glad i finally own MK3 JETTA.
1997 VW Jetta GL
We currently have 180K miles and no major problems other than the necessary and routine maintenance plus its FUN to drive! I understand some of the cars were put together in Mexico and others in Canada; ours was from Canada. We would definitely consider purchasing another VW when the time comes to replace this one (which won't be too long from now).
Used 1997 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Overview

The Used 1997 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan is offered in the following styles: GL 4dr Sedan, GT 4dr Sedan, Trek 4dr Sedan, GLX VR6 4dr Sedan, GLS 4dr Sedan, Jazz 4dr Sedan, and TDi 4dr Sedan.

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