Based on 296 Ratings for the 1996 - 1999 models.Review this car
By cp on Thursday, October 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "40 to 45 mpg forever has never let me down"
Cons: "not designed for a large person"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have always been happy with this car. Proud to drive it. I have loaded the trunk to the max, laid the back seats down and gotten amazingly big items in it. Have only had to replace the glow plugs, and do the brakes and shocks. that old jetta has been insanely reliable!"
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By yep on Friday, October 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 260,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "MPG, reliable, inexpensive parts, easy to repair"
Cons: "carbon build up in the intake sucks"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is a 1998 VW Jetta TDi, I have owned this car since 2000. With general maintenance and replacing wear parts at the correct intervals, I have had no issues, car looks great, drives great and I average 50MPG. Just an example, I thought after 240k, I should replace the clutch (which worked fine), after inspecting the clutch the only thing that really needed to be replaced was the throwout bearing, the clutch still had plenty of material left (replaced anyway had already bought it). Keep up with the general maintenance and replace parts that are designed to wear out at the recommended time/ mileage intervals, this car should run great for a long time to come and stay reliable. You definitely need to be handy and do the work yourself, if you can, they are not very difficult to work on, invest in a detailed shop manual. The first thread is correct, if you have to take it to a shop, it will be very expensive as with any car. The parts themselves are very cheap, even spending a bit more for quality German parts will be very economical. Not too many cars hold up as well, in my opinion, as the VW. Already in the market to purchase another TDi, giving this one to my son."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Jessie Reffuats on Friday, July 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "reliable, good gas mileage"
Cons: "no power seats, no cd player"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"I have had this car since 2008 and it has been very good. It isn't flashy and it certainly isn't anything fancy. However, it has good gas mileage and it is reliable. I have driven it through mountains, blizzards, etc. I would recommend the Jetta to anyone looking for a reliable car at a reasonable price."
9 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By sexpanther69 on Sunday, July 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "fast, gets peoples attention if they know cars"
Cons: "once something goes bad everything follows"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Pretty good car overall for racing around but once one thing goes bad don't expect to be able to feed the family"
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By BP on Thursday, March 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,700overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Cheap, the VR6 holds its value, very fun to drive"
Cons: "Electrical issues, small cup holders."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought this car back when it had 67k miles on it (which is great for car of this vintage!) and right off the bat I had a few issues; firstly the rear power windows broke after about a month and so did one of the locks as well as the child lock got stuck on one of the doors. Despite all of that this car is a blast to drive. The VR6 engine has such a unique sound to it and is really torquey. The Bose sound system sounds incredible and the suspension is really comfortable, besides a few electric problems this car is mechanically perfect and the engine is built to last and arguably one of the best engines VW has ever made! I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind spending money every now and again on the power windows going but it is such a blast to drive!"
10 people out of 12 found this review helpful