1998 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Too Young To Die

1998 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GL Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Too Young To Die
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan


I purchased my Jetta in 2001, with only 17k. In the 7 years that Ive owned it, the rubber on the sides fell off, the cruise control went out, the keyless entry stopped working, the airbag light goes on and off, and worst of all the transmission is dying at 86,000 miles. The repair shop (a costly VW only shop) could not fix the cruise, the key or the airbag light. They said that I will have to get a new tranny, which would cost more than the car is worth. It takes a lot of effort for it (automatic transmission) to get up to 20 mph (gets up to 50 rpms), and it jerks into second gear. Once it gets to 60 mph, it's ok but it takes a lot of work to get there. Not so much fun to drive now.

Best Features

Square design, large amount of space in the truck/back seat

Worst Features

Better transmissions!
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