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1996 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

1996 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 33 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 12 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"ride" 10 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
"sound" 4 reviews
CONS
"high maintenance" 3 reviews
"doors" 3 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"heavy car" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 33 1996 Volkswagen Jetta reviews.

Conrad writes:
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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4

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Handles well in winter condition
Manual
28+ mpg
flashy (for our High School parking lot)
almost no ?curative? maintence so far performed - only preventative
Free!

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Manual
12 years old
small

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Gonna Be My Baby! — Receving this car after I get my license - which is soon -, and I've already driven it a lot as well as done routine maintence on it. Solid design with only one problem since purchase in 2004 - an a/c fan quit working. Reliable 5-speed manual performance, nothing special but fun and easy to drive.

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Bob writes:
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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5

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Nice looking car.  Excellent mileage with good performance.  Surprising amount of room in a small car.  Real nice package.

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Had some electrical bugs.  Mysterious crack in windshield

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Nimble, Quick, Cheap — Silver Bullet - Nazi Scout Car. This was my last VW AND my last manual trans. Bottom of the line GL - the only option on the car was AIR. This had the 115HP 2L 4 banger with a 5 spd manual. The cool thing about this car was that it would run at its HP (115MPH). I once drove from Needles to Newberry Springs in a little over 1 hour. I did the whole run without dropping below 100. However, that was when the car was about 4 months old and the suspension, etc. was still nice and tight. Purcahsed new out the door for about $15,000 and put about 145,000 miles on it. I sold it 10 years later on eBay for $1800. It had some minor problems, but the AIR was still good. Never had any major problems with the car. I recall the biggest expense I had was the ignition switch needed to be replaced - my daughter broke it during my attempts to teach her to drive a stick shift - she gave it up.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joel writes:
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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good looking car, runs forever, will go through anything.

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Leaks all kinds of fluid(just ours) power doors don't work(just ours)

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The Jetter — This car will go through anything, especially if you have seen the way my wife drives. 2.0 Jettas aren't to quick on the start but get up pretty well. The Gas mileage on Jetta's is great and overall cost is really normally no big deal the problem is just with ours. Overall maybe a 3

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Ali writes:
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 Dr GLX VR6 Sedan Review
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4

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the motor is solid and cant wait to add more stuff to it

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the looks are not the best and does not come with a lot of options

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The Car Runs Smooth And With A Turbo Its Still Good On Gas — ultimate sleeper, i added a small turbo, im runnig at 12 lb and getting around 340 hp. if your looking for a good car for school or to biuld up this is it

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Bob writes:
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Nice looking car.  Excellent mileage with good performance.  Surprising amount of room in a small car.  Real nice package.

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Had some electrical bugs.  Mysterious crack in windshield

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Silver Bullet - Nazi Scout Car — This was my last VW. Bottom of the line GL - the only option on the car was AIR. This had the 115HP 2L 4 banger with a 5 spd manual. The cool thing about this care was that it would run at its HP (115MPH). I once drove from Needles to Newberry Springs in a little over 1 hour. I did the whole run without dropping below 100. However, that was when the car was about 4 months old and the suspension, etc. was still nice and tight. Purcahsed new out the door for about 15,000 and put about 145,000 miles on it. I sold it in 10 years on eBay for $1800. It had some minor problems, but the AIR was still good. Never had any major problems with the car. I recall the biggest expense I had was the ignition switch needed to be replaced - my daughter broke it during my attempts to teach her to drive a stick shift - she gave it up.

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Jason writes:
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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4

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I love this car I paid 2,000 for it ...has power..straight body clean motor lots of trunk space love the white.

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Struts are bad coils too....seats absolutely suck ass

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Love How It Looks Lots Of Mods Comming Getting New Suspension Coil Overs — I loved how clean n straight it is...the way Jetta looks motor is strong...suspension is bad with the seats...the stereo was gone put Alpine in with infinitys speakers sounds great...heater will make you sweat in winter time no joke...I love this car get the HID kits for these cars preferably 5k/8k

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Gordon writes:
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 Dr GLX VR6 Sedan Review
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4

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I liked the interior styling and tha exterior too,but the engine does it all for me.

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After a milage on the clock you experience a lot of noises coming under the hood and under the car itself.Door handles do not last that long,Speeo meter stops working.

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Generally Its A Good Car Just Minor Things Make It Seem Dodgy. — Perfomance is super if maintained wel.Braking is good bt not on a wet road.Handling is perfrct.Needed a lot of repairs.A lot of squeks and rattles after certain millage.Interior and exterior is very nice especially in the VR6 edition with leather seats.The car is generally fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matthew writes:
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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This car was my baby and it was awsome cuz i took the time to make it awsome.

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The thing thats sucks about my car is that i dont have it anymore.

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2.slow — I loved this car. Had a blast working on it and driving it. They arent the fastest cars stock but after a few mods and tuning you can make them quick enough to enjoy. Parts are anywhere from cheap to alot but usually on the lower side.

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Glenn writes:
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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4

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great on fuel!!!

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tranny sync for reverse is nosie

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Great On Fuel!!!! — not bad not bad at all i would buy another in a heart beat JUST because of how i can get 1000kmh on ONE tank common with gas at 1.25 a liter its a awsome time to own a diesel. but the car LOOKS UGLY!!! im not a fan on the body style AT ALL i wish they looked a little more like a chevette or something but all vw are fugly

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Russell writes:
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 Dr GLS Sedan Review
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Great gas mileage

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High maintance costs

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More Power From Some Forced Induction Would Make It Near Perfect For Me — overall great for point a to b transportation needs to have more power turbo or V6 engine I don't recommend lowering mine is rides horrible over bumps and rough roads 5-speed transmission is great 238k on my odometer still runs great!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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