1998 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: 98 TDI

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98 TDI
By epshade on


1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDi 4dr Sedan


Bought in 2000 when 2 years old.
Problems with the turbo, dealer replaced
for free even though I am the third
owner. Consistently get 50 mpg +/- 1 mpg
winter, summer, city or highway. Lots of
torque; I do not use first gear.
Handling very good, and the car is
balanced so that it sometimes tricks me
into thinking it is a rear-wheel drive
car in the winter, and I slide past a
turn when I downshift to slow down.
Only negatives are that one door is
stuck shut (due to handle?). Can't VW
fix this after two decades? Also, stock
shocks/struts are junk; KYB improved
handling significantly.

Best Features

Torque, mileage, handling

Worst Features

Make oil changes easier. Make door handle/hardware more reliable.
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