1998 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Good car overall

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan - Consumer Review

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan


My Jetta has been very reliable and a
good daily driver since I bought it.
The car has decent power once revved
up. Engine space is large and easy to
work in (ie oil changes, filters,
fluids, etc.). The gearbox on my 5spd
is somwehat stiff, moreso than other
VWs I've driven. Seats are comfortable
around town, but less so on long
drives. The passenger seat sits too
high (I'm 6'2" and my head hits the
ceiling unless I slump down).
Ergonomics are excellent inside. The
tiny cupholders and lack of a center
armrest are a bummer (but have changed
with the newer Jetta).

Best Features

Standard cruise control, AC, stero. Good braking and decent acceleration. Gas mileage could be better for a 115hp car (26city/31hwy). Cute looking car, I still get compliments on it.

Worst Features

Parts are incredibly expensive. I had to replace an electronic airbag part that only the dealer could do which cost $550! Ouch! I'm not sure I'll buy another Jetta for this reason alone. 5spd transmission is too stiff (compared to a Honda this thing shifts like a full-size truck).
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