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My experience with VW by TEMPRSS on 10/22/2008. Trim: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDI, Owned 8 years.
Pros: TRhis is a car that is easy to handel and you can have a lot of fun with...
Cons: This car has been in the shop 37 times in 9 years that I owned it. now the transmission has gone out and I have only hit 146,000 thats not to mention I have replaced 8 batteries, 3 cat converters, rack and pinion, alternator, and paid thousands in general maintence to try and prevent these problems. If you love working on car and problem solving this car is for you....... Oh but NEVER take it to the dealership they have jerked me around more then I can count find a good mechanic that you trust in the bay area Campbell European is a very nice place.
Overall review: Over all its a car....
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Great compact car by Daniel, Washington, DC on 01/12/2007. Trim: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI, Owned 5 years.
Pros: For its model year, in its price category and size, absolutely nothing compares. Base equipment, 4 airbags, 4disc - ABS brakes, electric windows & moonroof, height and length adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable seats, AC - 5 star safety rating, CD player, with a comfortable yet sporty ride/drive. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla of that time did not even offer ABS braking or 4 air bags as an option, they were unavailable. Reliability has been near perfect four the four years that I have owned the Jetta. It still drives pretty much like a new car, even though Washington DC roads and the beltway are not reputed for their car friendliness. I just love driving this vehicle.
Cons: Had some innovative interior design that were poorly adapted for US habits, cupholder too small and delicate, glove box cannot be used as a table (it breaks). All stuff I can really live with. It has excellent road and handling characteristics, the price for that is a relatively low front, a lot of people seemingly do not know how to park without their car hitting the curb, in the Jetta that gets to be expensive. Overall dealership service is PATHETIC, mechanics and service personnel are improperly trained and practice "used car salesman" techniques to force you to replace parts which are fine. That can get very expensive. A real problem are the window regulators, and AFM sensors(recall)
Overall review: Most of the trouble with the cup-holder, window regulators, and MAF sensor were modified the following years (we have a 2004 golf that over 2 years has had zero problems) After 6.5 years the Jetta remains a great car to drive, and looks good. This web site is full of complaints about reliability, indeed there seem to be "moderate" problems with the engine (MAF sensor) and the charging system. The same year Honda civic, has "significant" engine problems reported, with the Toyota Corolla, "moderate" problems with the engine as well as accessories (air bag) are reported. Maybe they are cheaper to repair which makes failure more tolerable, but they come not even close to the comfort, fun and safety the Jetta offers. I would recommend this car to anyone who does not look at driving as a chore but as something enjoyable. If you are only looking for a simple reliable appliance, don't buy a Jetta. If you like to drive a fun, comfortable and safe car at a sensible cost, this is your ride.
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Piece of junk by TF on 01/02/2004. Trim: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI, Owned 5 years.
Pros: It's sporty and fun to look at.
Cons: It is my mechanic's dream car. I have babied this vehicle since day one. In four years, I have had to put it in the shop 19 times for repairs! This is not preventative maintenance (oil changes, tires, etc.) I'm talking about. These are pricey repairs on poor quality parts. Every repair I make I believe it to be the last one. I'm always wrong. This car is junk.
Overall review: I wrote letters to VW of America and informed them of thier substandard product. They did not care whatsoever. VW will not defend this product. I can't blame them for that. I am now VW free and never happier!
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farfromlosin" turbo diesel jetta by benjamin from juneau, alaska on 08/01/2002. Trim: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDI, Owned 3 years.
Pros: handles exceptionally well, excellent braking system, the car just flows through high speed curves.
Cons: plastic parts break easily and are very expensive to replace. ex: glove box, cup holders, undercarriage engine cover. diesel engine acceleration is a problem. it just doesn't have enough horsepower. 10-15 more would make it comparable to the 4-cylinder engine.
Overall review: not too bad for a diesel car, but still far from perfect. i've driven the jetta tdi for 3 years and 60,000 miles as a pizza delivery driver and it is a choice comfortable car to ride in 8 hours a day. if you're looking for performance, don't get the diesel! it is the slowest car on the road as far as acceleration! if you're looking for great mileage and long rides this is the car for you.
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A new owner for an older Jetta by Steve in Seattle on 01/30/2014. Trim: 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLX, Owned 1 year.
Pros: The VR6 is a blast to drive, very zippy. I love now quiet the cabin is. Its nice having so many options as part of the overall package. The blue and red lit dashboard is very cool. The heated leather seats in the winter are real nice. The heater does a nice job.
Cons: Very disappointed at how flimsy some of the components were put together. That really takes away from whatever enjoyment is derived from owning this car. There are days I don't let like how low the front skirt is. The manual seat bolsters could have been better designed. With all the negative reviews this car has gotten, I nervously wait in anticipation for something to go wrong - not a good feeling.
Overall review: Overall, the car has been a lot of fun to drive, I haven't owned the car for too long. I hope nothing goes wrong with it (see my previous comment). It should be a lot of fun going on a road trip with this car.
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