1997 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

1997 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

  • Rank your car

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

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"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

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 51 1997 Volkswagen Jetta reviews.

writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
Accessories:
Battery Life:
Brakes:
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Daily Commute:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Interior Noise:
Interior Space:
Long Trips:
Maintenance Cost:
Off-Road:
Parking:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Ride Comfort:
Safety:
Snow/Ice:
Looks/Style:
Visibility:
Warranty:
Weight:
Overall:

Pros

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

Cons

Power windows could tend to short out but not often.

Cameroncp
95

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta TDi Turbodiesel Review
Brakes:
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Interior Space:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Ride Comfort:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

The low end power and fuel economy, Car has been extremely reliable as well. Diesels always tend to outlast their gas counterparts by a long shot.

Cons

Seats arent entirely uncomfortable, but will wear you out on long trips. Parts can be very expensive, and could use a little more power to back up all that torque.

25

Fantastic Daily Driver. Would Prefer Passat Tdi For Long Commutes Though. — Performance is adequate for around town driving and highway travel, But not entirely impressive, Although has a substantial amount of torque at low revs making for extreme user friendliness during around town driving. Extremely easy car for first timers to learn to drive stick in.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

It's my car, It's a bit quirky but I know how it drives and acts.

Cons

It could be a little faster. :)

25

I'd Rather Have The Turbo Than The Plain 4 Banger. — Price for me was awesome! It was free. :) I haven't had to put much work into it. It's slow, but it get's me from place to place and I have alot of fun driving it. It's a 5 speed manual and get's about 30 mpg. I think it handles pretty good, It'll take a moderate curve at a bout 70 without slipping.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:

Pros

steering,acceleration, mpg, cargo room, unique aggressive look

Cons

electrical problems.

xxth3futurexx
45

Amazing I Would Buy Again If Were To Do This Again — I loved the look of the car when i first bought it. It had such an aggressive look to it. The seats are not comfortable when it comes to driving long trips.I just recently brought the car. The previous owner crashed it badly. So i took it from his hands took care of it. And now almost finished with the car making it 100% back to normal.The car was in the shop all month last Oct/2011 i had the clutch put in, coil pack and starter. The car runs new and feels like it runs stronger than before.The acceleration picks up very quick. Braking is very good, it would be better if i had premium padding but the slotted disk rotors are a plus. I love this car its so fun to drive. This car has a lot of potential the fastest i went with the few mods i have is 151mph. which is not bad at all.

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

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

it would be a shame not to

Cons

none

75

A Monster When Provoked — Love it all it has been an amazing car then again yall know all the mods now lol I would definately motivate any VW enthusiast to go for it make something out of your vw it will be totaly woth it will put a smile on your face and the options are endless

Primary Use: Family transportation

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

Fast and powerful

Cons

the wheel bearings

35

Dont Hate On Her — All and all i really love this car. The power that it has is grat and it really handles like a champ. I really dont like the whole wheel bearing thing but hey i can deal with that other than that 5 stars

Primary Use: Family transportation

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

Quick, Sporty, Wonderful handling

Cons

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

45

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

light, handles great, pretty fast

Cons

wish it wasn't front wheel drive

35

97 Jetta Glx — Its a little car with a v6, plus I have a 5 speed. It's fun to rip around curvy roads. It is very easy to drive, the shifting is smooth and easy, if your on gravel it has a little oversteer to slide around with, very fun car. I haven't had any major problems with it yet, and I drive the crap out of it. Pretty good gas mileage if you drive it easy.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

reliabilty for the year

Cons

rotting floors

25

Bernice — somewhat fast, reliable yet old, build to last, doesnt break down, is easy on gas when ur easy on it. the car has an alright appearance and is fun to drive yet fits lots of friends inside. No sqeaks or rattle is tuned porperly

Primary Use: Family transportation

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:

Pros

A great first car

Cons

The automatic transmissions from 96 to 98 had alot of problems

45

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 51 1997 Volkswagen Jetta reviews.

Rank your car

Reviews From Other Years

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Excellent By Mannyhutch

Great daily driver, very good on gas, reliable, comfortable, this is a car that any person that has a long daily commute will enjoy, best part is going to the gas pump and not spending too much to fil... Read More

Great Daily Driver For The People Who Enjoy Driving By dustan

Overall a great car, I enjoy every drive. The car is comfortable and efficient all while being completely sexy. The car can get out of its own way well and it a blast to drive at highway speeds. The a... Read More

Read all 2014 Volkswagen Jetta reviews

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Love Our Jetta By chuckcars

This is our go to town car. Had it 2 years. Changes the oil, free at dealer, and no trouoble. except for inability to change the clock time this year. Now for a trip to the dealer since it is still in... Read More

Very Happy With Car By Jcar

Super pleased with economy - I drive mostly highway, mostly 75-80 mph and average over 40 mpg. This is reason I bought the car - as I drive 120 miles to/from work. Great stereo, nice comfort, ve... Read More

Read all 7 2013 Volkswagen Jetta reviews

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

2012 Vw Jetta By Will

Amazing car! Fun to drive around for daily commutes and even better for long road trips with good friends. I have driven this car through the best and worst weather conditions and it has kept powering... Read More

Decent Car For A Decent Price By lemoffett

I loved that this car was under $20k brand new. I also liked that it came with black interior for a white car. The best thing about this car was that all windows rolled up/down with one click. I went ... Read More

Read all 11 2012 Volkswagen Jetta reviews

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

2011 Vw Jetta Review By Hauk

This model - the SEL - is loaded with navigation and all the other amenities including bluetooth, heated seats, the only thing it's missing is a back up camera Great car for the value. It has that so... Read More

2011 Vw Jetta Review By Hauk

This model - the SEL - is loaded with navigation and all the other amenities including bluetooth, heated seats, the only thing it's missing is a back up camera Great car for the value. It has that so... Read More

Read all 15 2011 Volkswagen Jetta reviews

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Great Student Car By Ginese1

This car was the perfect pick for my daughter, she learned to drive with my Volvo SUV, then my Passat. These were a little big for her and harder to navigate parking situations. I surprised her with... Read More

Great Value By Jonesb930

Overall I am happy that I purchased this car. I am at 100K and ready to trade it in but have been hesitating since it was such a great car overall. I have driven a newer model Passat during the last s... Read More

Read all 30 2010 Volkswagen Jetta reviews

People researching a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta contacted a dealer about

Picture of 1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6, exterior
Volkswagen Jetta
29% of the time
Honda Civic
7% of the time
Volkswagen Passat
5% of the time
Honda Accord
4% of the time
Jetta
Looking for a Used Jetta in your area?
CarGurus has 33,818 nationwide Jetta listings starting at $800.
ZIP: