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Dont Do It!!!!!!
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By Ryan
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan (midyear)


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I had heard what reliable cars VWs were, at the time I was employed at a Buick dealership and a Jetta came in on trade. I bought it, HUGE MISTAKE. Car is expensive to maintain. Emission control problems, Interior parts I.E. Glove box door, lamps, cup holders, all complete junk. Car uses excessive amounts of oil, window regulators break, replaced catalytic converter twice. Parts are way overpriced..a new ignition key is 200 dollars. Customer service and support are as unreliable as the car.


Best Features

Like dash light color, nice on highway for a small car. Otherwise not a thing.


Worst Features

Upgrade interior reliability,improve customer service. Tighten tolerances on engine so oil does not "evaporate"I am an old school Chevy guy, wife wanted this cute car. NEVER NEVER AGAIN Piece of @%$#


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One for the road
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By Ray
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS VR6 4dr Sedan (midyear)


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This was the Jetta IV. I bought it new with a sunroof, VR6, 5 speed manual, mag wheels. It was my third VW. I expected a well constructed, reliable, German automobile with fair service at the dealership. It is reliable, but something is always in need of repair. Service at a dealer is a killer... $700+ to replace an alternator. Problems: the alternator, springs keep falling out of the front seats, cup holder breaks easily, glove compartment door broke, AM radio has never worked, regulators on two front windows broke, motor on right rear window shot, both water pumps repleaced, MAF sensor replaced, O2 sensors in cat replaced, antenna cracked, headlight covers have fogged over, surge


Best Features

Sun roof.


Worst Features

See above.


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Will never by any VW again
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By norma jean
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan (midyear)


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Two weeks after purchasing the car air condition went out with pieces falling onto the road. After waiting 4 months, THE DAY I got the vehicle back the starter goes out. After waiting another 5 months for the air conditioning and starter to be fixed finally got to drive my new car for more than two weeks. The cup holder is broke along with glove compartment and other plastic pieces exterior and interior, also seats will stain even if you only spill water. My personal opinion, it is one huge expensive piece of broken plastic. Cheaply made, expensive parts, too much maintenance to keep on the road. But it does get the best gas mileage for any non-hybrid car.


Best Features

Gas mileage..not much else


Worst Features

Better quality parts for the price you pay. And seats that don't stain so easily. Not so much easily broken plastic in interior and exterior.I could have bought a luxury car for the price I paid and all the repairs I have had to do this car.


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It's a Love Hate thing
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By LJ
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan (midyear)


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This car was so much fun to drive, I looked forward to winding roads and long trips into the country. The later life expenses car become very costly which is why I finally traded it in. If I could have done the repairs myself I would still have the car. The timing belt every 60000 miles $600-800, brakes $1600, tires every 25000-30000 miles $500 clutch at VW $1500 and the final straw was the triple whammy of catalytic converter $1000, timing belt $800 and shocks $800. The parts that were defective VW repaired under Warranty, thank goodness. Window mechanism, rear window, first set of tires, the dealer refused to believe I went through the tires in 25000 miles..


Best Features

The inside of the car was like a spaceship with Blue dashboard lights and very comfortable wrap around seats. I truly enjoyed th driving experience, but not the cost of repair experience.


Worst Features

The use of sturdier parts would improve the maintainabilty of the car quite a bit. the car is over engineered and can be a pain.. An example is taking out the battery and having the radio go into anti theft mode and needing to reprogram the radio to get it to work using a VW proprietary code..


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Miss my Jetta
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By Karin
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (midyear)


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I had my jetta for almost 6 years and loved it overall. It was a manual transmission which made it fun to drive. The only problem with the transmission that I had was that it had difficulty going into 1st. It got great gas mileage and other than when the AC broke during a 10 hr drive in the summer, it was great on trips. I did have some mechanical issues including a $600 fix after I attempted to replace the battery and the whole computer shut down. I had electrical problems too and the cup holders and side window adjusters broke often. However, I drove it until I totalled it in March. I will say that I was only hurt minorly and feel that the car was very safe.


Best Features

The safety, fuel economy, and small size of the vehicle. It was zippy and fun to drive.


Worst Features

Fix the taillights and headlights! Geez I had to replace a bulb like every month, and when it was recalled for this it didnt help the issue any.


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