1998 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: I'll Buy Another

1998 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan


Purchased used from Ford lot during yr 2000. Upgrade options include sun/moon roof and remote key access. Weak on acceleration and tops for cross-country touring/hwy driving. Solid feel with matching reliability. 1.8L fuel injected gets about 33/44 mpg road/hwy, a must in today's economy. Tight in the back for big folk; however, far roomier than the VW Bug. The battery linked factory VW radio was a mess, so I upgraded it with a Pioneer system. Wide wheel base with FWD a plus in weather. Roomy trunk. Lots of elbow room up front. Stout frame is a snap to parallel park in urban places. Nasty tacky exterior rubber door guards fall off too much. Overall: very good touring sedan (A-).

Best Features

Elbow room in front and trunk capacity in rear. Terrific factory installed sun/moon roof. Interior seats are of high quality.

Worst Features

The rubber door guards are problematic. Also, wheel wells should be larger to accommodate chains in weather. The dash design could have a better cup holder and compartment(s) for toll change/tokens. Dash needs a slip guard between dash and windshield to avoid small items getting jammed/lost.
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