1998 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Migraine

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan - Consumer Review

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 4dr Sedan


I purchased the car with 96K and now have 133K. Repairs so far include: timing chain & belt clutch all 4 window regulators struts, ball joints, control arms - entire suspension AC all hoses sparkplugs now I'm looking at fixing the heater core, which is ~ $700. Also worth noting the radio gets minimal reception, CD player died soon after purchase, electronics are quirky (turn volume down and it goes up), cruise control doesn't work. When there's nothing wrong with the car it drives fine and is fun, but the maintenance is horrible, and I take it to the best and cheapest shop around (Black Forest Industries). Probably put in ~$5K in 40K miles/2.5 years (paid 5600). Never buying a VW again

Best Features

handles well, sporty drive

Worst Features

The only reliable thing about this car is the engine itself. Even the side molding is falling off.
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