"We just gave our Jetta away to charity and are now happily driving a Toyota. Good riddance! Like some other reviewers have said, the repairs are really expensive and abundant. We didn't even want to sell it because no one would have wanted it if we had told them all that was wrong with it. The cup holders broke immediately, for one thing, and it burned oil constantly. The last straw was when it overheated at the start of a trip and we had to have it towed home and cancel the trip."
"i have had this car forever and it will keep going! it works great in the snow with some all season tires on it. I've only put $1500 in to it in the last 100,000 miles. AC still rocks, and gets great gas mileage."
"Love VW's and i love this car except for it has cost me an arm and a leg. I have owned this vehicle for 2 years and i have probaly put 2500-$3500+ dollars in to repairing stuff that normally would not go out on most vehicles. Im going out and buying a new vehicle, because i realize now after all the money i put into this one just to keep her going, i could have made payments on a new rig. Love VW's but i had personally had a horrible expierence with this one. I will leave with saying i do love the craftsmenship of the vehicle and the performance, its fun to drive when running right. 1998 VW JETTA GLX VR6"
"I've had my 1999 Jetta for 8 yrs now (bought new) and overall, I cannot recommend it. The AC went in the first year. I've replaced the oxygen sensor so many times I think I own stock in VW. Many parts are VW only. I've never had the cruise control work...ever. I had the engine rebuilt last yr because it used all the oil up in 3000 miles. They're not the value and quality that Vdubs once were sadly.
I'm going back to Honda or Toyota--hands down.
My friends who have a Jetta are on the same bandwagon."
"I bought this car when it was 3 years old. Now, some 6 years later the only real problems I've had with it are the cruise control & window motors breaking. (I replaced 1/year for the first 4 years I owned the car.) Other than that everything has been great: excellent mileage, good intelligent design & handling, huge trunk. I guess that me maintaining the car well has paid off..."
"I bought this car when it was 3 yrs old. In the 8 yrs and 110k miles i have owned this car other then regular matinence the only problem i ever had was the starte went out. That was like 150 dollars. Other then that i took good car of him and he has taken good care of me. I will probably look for a new jetta when he passes on to the get big VW junk yard in the sky."
"My car now has 160k miles on it. I loved this car and it ran great between the break downs. I am finally at the point that i cant wait to get rid of it. It has been one problem after the next. It runs for a few ,months and then something ELSE goes wrong. I have had it since 2003 and it ran fine for the first 2 years but the last 2 years have been constant spending. Your lucky if yu can find a part for the car under $200 and then good luck finding a shop that works on European cars for a resonalble price."
"I've had my jetta since 1998, it has never let me down. I've only received one recall notice and have never had any major mechanical issues. my biggest beef is that when they get past the 8 year mark, the cosmetic things start to fall apart gradually. It may not be the hottest car out there but it's gotten me from WA state to So. California at least 6 times and accross the country too! I think the trick is that there is nothing fancy about my car, no factory installed air, no power windows, no sunroof, no crazy highspeed engine, just the basics and I LOVE it."
"I love this car. Bought it in early 2005 for 6 thousand, only had 45K miles on it. While it is a compact car and not as luxurious as most American cars are, it's exactly what I need for tooling around town and driving in and out of NYC. It's also great on gas and the engine runs beautifully. The rack-and-pinion steering is stellar for whizzing through windy back roads or buzzing through traffic. The a/c and heating is also unbelievable, and the trunk space is mammoth.
Also, the exterior styling of the car has that "square" shape that's reminiscent of most VWs or BMWS of the 90s -- I think the "curvy" styling that is seen in new cars today was introduced in 1999.
Only drawback is the expensive price of parts for this car, though thankfully, thus far, I haven't had to replace too many things!"
"I own the GLX VR6 model Jetta. It is the best 6 cylinder engine car out there! The MKIII body VR6s are WAY better than the MKIV bodys. This car has tons of torque, and tons of HP. When it's all OEM I could do 0-60 in about 7 or 8 seconds. After I upgraded it, I do it in about 4 or 5 seconds. Not the most comfortable car, but it's comfortable and I love driving it. The steering is smooth and responsive. Does really good in the snow if you are in those kind of conditions. This car is also extremely reliable. I have blown 2 radiator hoses, but that's because I push the car to it's limits. But if you're just going to drive to and from work, with some side trips. I will almost guarentee that this car will NOT break down on you. All the electrical works great, has a bose amp in it so the sound system is awesome.
This is a good looking car too, in my opinion. If you're looking for a car with power, and reliability, buy a jetta"