1997 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

1997 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 51 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"ride" 21 reviews
"fuel economy" 16 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"speed" 11 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"expensive part" 2 reviews
"wheels" 2 reviews
"window" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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Cameroncp writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
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5

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Spacious, Great Solid Quality, Fast VR6 Engine, Beautiful interior, Stylish Exterior, Great Bose Stereo on GLX models, Fun to drive

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Power windows could tend to short out but not often.

Cameroncp
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Amazing Vw Jetta Glx Vr6 — Had 3 jettas GL, GL Trek and my current 97' Jetta GLX. Loved every single one. The VR6 has 250,000 miles, just did a tune up and it runs like new. This is a very smooth riding vehicle and I don't think I will ever buy another car besides a Jetta. Favorite car to drive. Has amazing features like heated seats, sun roof, power windows, door locks and mirrors. The car overall is just outstanding in quality for having 250,000 and being about 15 years old.

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Ryan writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
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great car,

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side molding, alarm doesnt beep everytime now, poor paint quality

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The Little Jetta That Could — My precious Jetta. My sister bought this many many years ago. I have always loved this car and it has NEVER let us down. Every other MKIII Jetta or Golfs are nightmares. This is a diamond in the rough. It just hit 106,000 miles and it runs and drives like new. I just put a throttle body, valve cover gasket, intake gasket, cooling fan switch, brakes, and a tune up on her. The paint is not the best quality. It is the VW toranado red that always fades. It handles pretty well, it isn't the fastest car but I would take reliability over speed now. The gas mileage has gotten pretty bad and I don't know what it is that is causing it yet. It is the GL trim package, do no crazy electrical issues, I just lubed the sunroof so it closes and opens great again. The only issue I have with it is the intermittent wipers have never worked. Its no big deal though. No crazy squeaks or rattles to speak of, nice cd changer (factory) good sound. tight shifting still, the side trim always comes un-glued though.

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Mathew writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
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Quick, Sporty, Wonderful handling

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What sucks? Was a Lemon Buy-Back, died in 2007 when T-Boned

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More Than A "poor Man's Bimmer" — This was a great, sporty German tuned compact sedan. This was simply wonderful. We got the car in 1999 and kept it well maintained right up until its death in June 2007. This car was fantastic to drive, handled like a dream with the stock sport-tuned suspension and the 2.8L VR6 was always sprited, sporty, and 'ready-to-go'

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Stephanie writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
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A great first car

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The automatic transmissions from 96 to 98 had alot of problems

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I Loved This Little Car — This was my first car my mom bought it for me for my 18th birthday for 6,000 dollars. I had very minimal problems with this car I had to replace the distributor cap and eventually the transmission gave out on the car. But other then that an all around great car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Tim writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
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Its a VW

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Hecho en Mexico

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Review Of My Jetta — Performance- From factory: nothing to brag about. Great low end torque. Good gas mileage, VERY dependable. Build Quality- Its a VW, so its got its quirks, but a well built car IMHO Appearance- The Mark 3 Golf/Jettas are one of my favorite generations of VWs design history. Stays true to previous generations "look". Everything else afterwards was a big change Cost of Ownership- Get past maintenance, and its pretty cheap to own. Low insurance rates, and great MPG Fun Factor- My favorite car I've owned so far... ad some mild mods to it, and its a blast to drive.

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Amanda writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
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everything

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nothing

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? — My car has amazing gas mileage, i bought it with 75k miles on it and it runs amazingly! i bought it for 6500 with tax, from a dealership. It is to fun to drive! its always clean, inside and out!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Peter writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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it's stamina

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things keep hitting it.

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Golden Jetta Of My Dreams — This german-engineered, mexican made sport saloon (sedan) has made quit the impact on my life. While being my first (in what will be a long list of) volkswagen(s), it possesses a lasting energy that was bewildered me for some time. It was the first car that I alone owned and had to maintain. It was the first car to truly speak to me in ways no chevy s-10 or cadillac could even imagine. Together this volkswagen and i have travelled safely around minnesota over 80,000 miles and although we've had some hard times, I still love it so. It's taken money from me, it's taken my time. kicks, many oil changes, tires, a few sets of wheels, 3 sets of seats, a couple bumpers and fenders, headlights and grills. I've given it new parts, new valves, new bearings and brakes. Axles, steering wheels when i couldn't make up my mind. It's left me stranded a few times but always lead to the birth of new friendships or the strengthening of old ones through the fixes. It has given me a hobby, a gateway to friendships that will hopefully last a very long time. This volkswagen's given me deeply scraped knuckles, pinched fingers, burned forearms, headaches, sore toes from kicking it so hard, a wet ass from sitting in a seat soaked with rainwater that found it's way in due to the sunroof. It took me to school, work, friend's houses, family events, weddings, funerals, dates, long drives for absolutely no reason other than to go for a drive. thanks for the time jetta. Maybe i should name you. maybe not.

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Adam writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta Jazz Review
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4

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reliable and efficient, great sound system even 11 years later

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somewhat underpowered

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'97 Jetta Jazz — The jetta is pretty simple- no power windows- and not very powerful, but it has been reliable so far, is very sturdy even after11 years, and is running great at 132,000. It's great to have a small, reliable car that get's great mileage (30mpg in the suburbs) but is somewhat unique. It isn't the fastest, prettiest, or coolest car I've ever seen, but it has more personality than your average car.

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Doug writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT Review
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Great fuel economy

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Underpowered

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97 Jetta 2.0 With 5-speed Manual — I loved this car, drove great, very comfortable, I think it looks great too. Not a leader on the power side though. I put euro headlights and a badgless grill and it looks even better. I miss it.

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Steve writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
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torque, quick, visually appealing, roomy, lots of cargo room, leather, easily modified

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maintenance of the VR6, timing chain, window regulators tend to fail

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Quick With Problems — i love it, even tho its not in perfect condition right now. everything is common problems, its just that its all coming all at once instead of spread out.

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