Used 1999 Volkswagen Jetta

1999 Volkswagen Jetta

1999 Highlights

Volkswagen offers two generations of the Jetta for sale in 1999. The third-generation Jetta has been around since 1993, and it is a carryover for 1999. VW deletes the GT, K2 and GLS models from the lineup, leaving only the GL, GLX, TDI and Wolfsburg models. Later in the model year, the company introduces a completely redesigned Jetta with a smooth new European body, improved versions of the base inline four and the VR6 and a simplified lineup of GL, GLS and GLX models. If you can hold out for a 2000 model, VW will offer a 150-hp 1.8-liter turbo for the GLS.


  • Fun to drive, comfortable ride, available VR6, solid construction, rich interior materials, lots of standard features, generous 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.


  • Some controls hard to decipher, CD player should be standard, expensive compared with other compact sedans.

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Features & Specs

GL 4dr SedanGL 4dr Sedan (midyear)Wolfsburg 4dr SedanGLS 4dr Sedan (midyear)GL TDi 4dr Sedan (midyear)GLS TDi 4dr Sedan (midyear)GLX VR6 4dr SedanGLS VR6 4dr Sedan (midyear)GLX VR6 4dr Sedan (midyear)TDi 4dr Sedan
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower115 hp @ 5400 rpm115 hp @ 5200 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm115 hp @ 5200 rpm90 hp @ 3750 rpm90 hp @ 3750 rpm172 hp @ 5800 rpm174 hp @ 5800 rpm174 hp @ 5800 rpm90 hp @ 4000 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
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  • Side Crash Rating

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  • Side Barrier Rating

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  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
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  • Roof Strength Test
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  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
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  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

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Jetta's run over 200,000K If treated well
I have owned 2 Jettas 1999 and a 1995. One Got into an accident and had a little over 175,000 miles and the other is still running till this day at 206,000. Jettas are great reliable cars. If somone has a complaint about jetta's they either got the very few bad ones out of the bunch or the previous owner just mistreated it before it came to you. My aunt has one that is over 250,000 miles and running. If these cars are well maintained they run like champs for a very very long time.
This Car Saved My Life
I totaled my Jetta in a head on collision with a guard rail after a tire blew, and walked away with minor bruises. I then turned around and bought the same exact car. People can say what they will about cup holders breaking and plastic peeling, but I say quit complaining. You either are a VW person or your not, and I am 100%. I had to replace my battery, timing belt @ 120,000k (which was a choice to avoid problems), brakes, and my battery, but these are all things that should be fixed on any vehicle with over 100,000 miles. I am a VW believer all the way.
The miracle find
I just bought my 1999 VW Jetta, private sale, and it only had 97K on the vehicle. I reconditioned it this weekend and I honestly can't believe this car is 16 years old. It drove well on the ride around the block, so I just knew it had potential to be one of these cars that you hear about making it to 300K. So I have taken the maintenance schedule in stages, because I am not under any illusions that things won't need to be replaced, BUT it will still be cheaper than making a car payment and paying full coverage insurance and maintenance costs.
Used 1999 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

The Used 1999 Volkswagen Jetta is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include GL 4dr Sedan, GL 4dr Sedan (midyear), Wolfsburg 4dr Sedan, GLS 4dr Sedan (midyear), GL TDi 4dr Sedan (midyear), GLS TDi 4dr Sedan (midyear), GLX VR6 4dr Sedan, GLS VR6 4dr Sedan (midyear), GLX VR6 4dr Sedan (midyear), and TDi 4dr Sedan.

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