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1998 Volkswagen Jetta

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 21/Hwy 28/Comb 24 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Mexico

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.2
Out of 10

Based on 297 Ratings for the 1996 - 1999 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.6/10
  • Reliability
    7.7/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

I purchased car for 600, and I had 5 years,

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 215,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
2/10

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."

the car is still like new, new engine. new breaks,

By on Saturday, April 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "new engine runs great perfect interior"

Cons: "everything is like new"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Just installed new engine, interior clean,everything works, good breaks, no dents,new tires. I love driving this car. Has manual 5speed stick."

8 people out of 18 found this review helpful

208k Miles and still going

By on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 208,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "EVERYTHING"

Cons: "Can be costly to repair, but worth it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"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."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

economical, dependable great car

By on Thursday, October 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

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!"

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best/ most reliable for your buck

By on Friday, July 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

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."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Fun car to drive.

By on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,700

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

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!"

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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