Pros: "Solid, reliable, handles like a much bigger car."
Cons: "Underpowered, non supportive seats."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Bought this car 6 years ago--142k miles. So far have put almost 70k miles on it. Before that I owned a 1995 Civic--let's just say the Germans know what they are doing when it comes to vehicle handling. The Jetta behaves like a bigger car, and handles superb for its size. It feels MUCH more planted than the Civic (it is a lot heavier too). Suspension and steering still feels TIGHT after all these years! I've spent minimal repairs on this car, and it has never broke down on me--besides changing the oil regularly (full synthetic), other than that, just small repairs (minor leaks, muffler, AC, antenna, etc). Very solid car--feels super solid like a tank. The interior is still almost like new. None of the switches or gauges have broken. Does not burn a single drop of oil! Owning this car for over 6 years, I have only had to top off the oil 2 times! That's right...twice only. The oil level stays the same, and does not smoke! I cannot believe it myself. Overall very happy with it. Mine is the 1998-only Porcelain Blue Metallic. I have got many compliments over this car. Still planning on keeping it for years to come. 30-33mpg combined--I drive conservatively.
My complaints are two things: underpowered engine (But hey, it saves gas) and uncomfortable seats."
Pros: "the car is fun to drive if you like junky car"
Cons: "wheel bearings mufflers and tires"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"VW Jetta 1997
Is a no frills old car and its not pretty .I used it to get to work 70 mile round trip and parked car on street.
The good about it was it run's good, got 27 miles to gallon. I bought it at 124k and I have 215k put 90k on it.
I do my own repairs,it did need a lot of work to keep it going --I found out hard way just don't go cheap on replacement parts.
I replaced timing belt and water pump, bought complete muffler off e -bay made in China,a mistake -only lasted 1 year. Replaced it with American made , that lasted 3 years, then I found a used origional part and im running with that. The wheel bearings was big problem the front's I installed cheap part's from e-bay ,same thing year later I was doing it again.
The rear bearing's needs the grease redone every year.
I changed coil, starter, and replaced brush's in alternator,replaced the fan belts and installed junkyard battery and 2 sets of tires.
Im pleased with the car it handles well and starts up every day ,its a work horse, I once moved a heavy stove with it ,the trunk lid open's straight up allow's thing's to be strapped in ,also moved washing machine and dryer,but the most crazy thing I did is put tarps over back seat and trunk . Fill car with old roof shingles and haul them to dump ,it came in handy .
This car is still chugging and it don't burn oil,im going to sell it soon for 600 . I never thought it would last 5 years. VW really is good quality."
"I'm glad I never said, "I'll drive this car until it dies" because it refuses to. It has 208k miles and still looks wonderful on the in and outside. I live in RI and winters here can be brutal. While other cars are spinning out, I'm just going along and feeling safe as all heck.
The power steering went and even driving it with manual steering (automatic), this car drives better than newer models of other cars. Transmission is STILL doing well, 3RPMS sometimes, but no complaints.
Everyone tells me I am insane for only driving VW's (I REFUSE to own another brand) but if you keep up on maintenance and always have a little safety net for repairs, and have a great repair man, you're fine."
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!"