1999 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Comfortable but unreliable

1999 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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TDi Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbodiesel 5-speed Manual)

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Comfortable but unreliable
By bynddrvn on


1999 Volkswagen Jetta TDi 4dr Sedan


Basically constant problems. For some reason the braking system has never worked correctly, even under moderate pedal pressure the brakes pulse as though the ABS is engaged. Replaced main brake booster, front disks, and brake pads.

The fenders rusted through and this is apparently a known issue for the diesel version as it has additional insulation to dampen noise. Unfortunately, the insulation also happens to suck up moisture and road salt.

Around 80k miles the MAP sensor went out and just about part related to the braking system was replaced, again.

just over 100k miles the turbo started leaking oil and this gummed up the MAP sensor, EGR valve, intake, and connecting lines.

Best Features

The seats are very comfortable.

Worst Features

The engine and brakes are just not reliable. From researching online - many people have issues with the front fenders rusting through, MAP issues, and vacuum hoses. Yet no recalls?
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