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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

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Had to sell it
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By Cody
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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I just sold my Jetta with only 80,000 miles on it. I had planned on keeping it for a lot longer. It just completly fell apart. It was a great car up until 80,000 miles, and then it just went downhill. Everything broke on this car, EVERYTHING. It just isn't reliable.


Best Features

It's fun to drive, and it's a nice small car. I had a great time when I first bought it.


Worst Features

Better quality. It just falls apart.


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VW Jetta GLS is an awesome car.
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By qjernst
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan


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I got this car used with 64,000 miles on it last summer. It has decent acceleration and handles like a sports car. The 2.0 liter engine gets OK mileage but it could be better. I have had a few problems with this car but nothing major (eg: new window motor, cruise control doesn't work right). It gets around well in the snow and is perfect for tight parking spots. The interior is very comfortable considering its small size and the buttons and controls are very user-friendly. The automatic tranny shifts great, the engine is good, and the ride is smooth.


Best Features

Superb handling, large trunk, Euro-sport sedan styling, great transmission, 1-touch power windows, comfortable seats, and overall performance. Also, the metallic green color looks really nice and so does the interior.


Worst Features

Cupholders in a less stupid spot, body-side moldings that actually stay on the car, better sound system, more rear leg room, and more in-cabin storage.


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Been A Great Car over the Years
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By by MLJ VR6
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLX VR6 4dr Sedan


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I've had my 1998 Volkswagen Jetta for eight years now with 175,000 miles and have been very pleased. I've had the ususal Jetta problems with the ignition, water hose, window regulator, minor electrical and body moldings. The parts manager at the dealership gave me a great tip on the moldings. Buy the pop-in plastic moldings from the '95 model. They look fine and you will never have to replace them again. I use the seat adjustment levers for my cupholders which hold big cups. I have changed the oil / filter every 5,000 miles, the air filter every 35,000 miles, and hope to keep the car for 250,000 miles. The V6 engine has been very reliable with no engine repairs whatsoever.


Best Features

Good acceleration and handling, very reliable engine, pretty good gas mileage 23/28 compared to other V6's and I like the instrumentation.


Worst Features

I recommend buying the pop-in body moldings and better electrical quality for the interior (dash and power windows).


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Do you really want one?
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By redjetta98
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Wolfsburg 4dr Sedan


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The Jetta is an interesting car in the beginning when you get it and step on the gas and let out the clutch it feels good you want to drive it. However as you begin life's journey with the vehicles things start to break such as the back rotors which wear out every 40,000 miles because of a "design flaw" the window cable, not the motor, fray because of a "design flaw", the O2 sensor fails because of a "design flaw". Bottom line the entire car is a design flaw and is made with cheap parts which snap together in some instances. Don't be fooled by its good looks, these cars are money pits. Why do people still own them? Most likely they owe more than what the car is worth and are just trying to get by.


Worst Features

Improve the build quality.


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The good and the bad......
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By S_A_Moniz
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLX VR6 4dr Sedan


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I bought my Jetta GLS new in November, 1997 and now have approximately 145,000 miles on it. Over that time it has needed a few repairs, but nothing hideous. The car is still an absolute blast to drive. The acceleration with the manual 5- speed is excellent and the handling is still tight. I haven't experienced the "stiff shifting" quality cited in some reviews. The car definately encourages "spirited" driving, giving the driver the same sense of connectedness with the road as the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4 for thousands of dollars less. Its interior and exterior design are really attractive and have stood up over time, the car still looks great. Overall, a durable, and stylish ride.


Best Features

Overall design, power moonroof, remote entry, and overall performance. The audio system is excellent, and sounds better than the Bose system in my wife's Pathfinder.


Worst Features

OK here's the bad....If you buy one of these, plan on putting in an exhaust system about every two years, these are not durable. Also, plan on acquiring some knowledge of automotive adhesives, because you're going to be gluing your body-side moldings back on to the car on a regular basis. The car does have cup holders, but they're situated so far under the ashtray that they're pretty useless for all but the smallest cups.


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