1999 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: poor manufacturing quality

1999 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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poor manufacturing quality
By jis on


1999 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan


My dashboard was put in crooked at the factory, something I did not notice
for several months. I had all the usual problems with the oxygen and mass
airflow sensors, replaced 3 or 4 times (I forget which), cupholders, green
ooze in the doors, poor key, 2 second delay when getting into gear on the
automatic transmission. etc. Also an "endearing" noise in the front dash that
occurs each year at through the cold weather season. Probably some metal
parts contracting and vibrating in the cold. I contacted the president of VW in
Germany, got a letter back from Germany saying that some one in the US
would come out and look at my car. No one ever showed.

Best Features

Design and ride.

Worst Features

Needs quality control. That 2 second delay in the transmission when going into drive or reverse is absolutely dangerous. The dealership had the nerve to try and convince me it was a safety feature.
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