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

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Displaying 41 - 50 of 51 1997 Volkswagen Jetta reviews.

katelyn writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta Trek Review
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katelyn
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I Really Love The Car But I Hate How Much It Cost To Fix! — i love this car but i hate how much it is to fix, everytime i fix 1 thing something brakes or goes wrong.. and it's costing more to fix then what i paid for it.

Owner for 2 years, 5 months

Miles Driven per Year:20,000

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Doug writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT Review
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5

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Great fuel economy

Cons

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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Mark writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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4

Pros

a volkswagen

Cons

could be faster

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Jetta — Its a 97 jetta gls, stock, not that blue tho, a red that fadded to pink, fun to drive 5 speed handles well, built good, whats not to like, it's german :-P

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Naomi writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT Review
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5

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5 speed manual, moon roof, black, etc.

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Couldn't get the car seat in and out easily

35

Loved It! — My hubby bought me this car when my diesel Rabbit crapped out on me. I loved this car!! It now lives with my brother

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Robert writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta Trek Review
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3

Pros

room in vehicle for anything,remarkable handeling

Cons

old car.... electrical wasn't that great near the end of its road...

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Reliable, Gas Efficient, But Electrical Dies Quick — first car. good handling, takes turns like a champ at decent speeds on tiny roads :D. comfortable, room for every passenger space, lots of space whether it was passengers or hauling all my stuff to Kentucky from Maryland.. sound, the acoustics were pretty decent, especially with two 12's in the huge ass trunk.. look, gotta love the old body styles easy to work on!

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Michael writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
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5

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Fast, fun, cheap, all the bells and whistles

Cons

15-inch wheels were too small.

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Absolutely Fantastic Car. — Absolutely fantastic car. I bought this car for 3 reasons; replace the Bonneville, getting used to driving a manual on a day to day basis, and it was dirt cheap, costing me about 50% of market value. This would become a huge bonus at the unfortunate end of its service life. I intended this car as a learning car to get used to driving a stick shift so I can get the Miata that I always wanted. But, this was such a great car that after a few months, I decided to keep it and put the Miata plans on hold. Coming off the Bonneville, I imagine any car would be a great car by comparison. But I truly lucked out here. Friend of mine back in high school had the exact same car and it made a huge impression on me back then. So when I saw this for sale, at the price it was at, I couldn't pass it up. And it turned really well. For a compact car, this was quick thanks to the powerful stock V6 in this trim level. It also had all the toys that I could ask for; power everything, heated leather seats, moonroof, premium 10-speaker audio with 6CD changer, and did I mention a fantastic V6 under the bonnet. Sure it drinks premium, at the then exorbitant price of $1.929/gallon. But I was able to get away with alternating 93 octane gas with 89, at a lifetime average of 25.88 mpg. Black on black with tinted windows, before the 32% mandate in Georgia went into effect, it looked absolutely bad asp. The only complaint was that the stock 15 inch alloy wheels looked too puny. Had I kept it longer, I almost certainly would've swapped them out for 16s or maybe 17s. But that was not to be. While crossing an intersection on 30 June 2005, it was struck on the passenger side rear door by a clueless driver running a red light in a Honda CR-V. When the other driver's insurance company declared my car a total loss, they paid me nearly twice as much as I had paid for it 9 months earlier, thanks to the bargain basement price I bought it for. Service Date: 8 September 2004 - 30 June 2005 (destroyed) Gas used: 89 and 93 octane over 12000 miles, per gallon cost ranged from $1.699 (12/24/04) to $2.319 (4/11/05).

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Odin writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
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4

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Wolf in sheeps clothing performance

Cons

Quirks

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The Beginning Of A Love Affair With German Autos. — My first V6, my first leather, my first sports car. Loved it for many years but it had its quirks.

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vw_toista88 writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
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4

Pros

nice looking car...vr6 is very powerful


Cons

tranny and every electrical problem it has

vw_toista88
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Alright... — the car is alright if it is well maintained. problems with the tranny are inevidable with this vehicle but anything else is up to the owner

Owner for 4 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:20,000

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danielle37 writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
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danielle37
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It's An Awesome Car — love it............drives nice, handles well, safety features a plus, and it's good on gas......what more can i say. It's an awesome car.

Owner for 2 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:1,000

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Trey writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
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4

Pros

Good price for a great daily driver.

Cons

Stereotypical German Engineering

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Good Car For A Daily Driver, Don't Take It On Road Trips. — For the price that you pay, it was worth the money. It could have had a lot more pick up, but what do you expect for the price? It was actually pretty fun to drive for a base model, entry level car. It was an overall cheap care to own.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Sporty Sedan, Great Bang For The Buck By A2CarGuy

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Nice, Simple Vehicle For General Use. By ScottRaj

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Compact, Convenient And Comfortable By maverick111

One of the best german car vw Jetta, go for it. U ll not regret!! safety, handling, milage, cargo space, and style are incredible feature of the car. And, so far it is maintenance free!! Definitely, ... Read More

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Great Car For Most People By tdub_birytx

2011 Jetta does lots of things well. Good on fuel economy, looks great, handles better and has a surprisingly spacious interior. I am 6'2 and am comfortable driving the car. The trunk is also a lot bi... Read More

Awesome...love The New Design By Leonizmo

Great car, my wife love it. We take it out for road trip all the time. Great on gas mileage, the awesome thing is you only have to do maintenance once in 10k miles. Only the coat of it lol Read More

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Fun Little Car By Colin

This car honestly was great for the first 3 years now it seems its just been one problem after another. The interior is awesome and sturdy. Not much room in the back seat. Trunk is extremely spacio... Read More

Fun Car To Drive And Great Commuter By Coop181

Overall a great car - very fun, good fuel economy, sporty yet sophisticated. Has similar feel of luxury higher end 3 series BMW or c-class Benz without the added cost and gets better fuel economy. L... Read More

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Simply Amazing! By VFernandes

I adore my jetta and plan to have another jetta in the near future! The front heated seats are awesome! It drives AMAZING, the blue tooth is easy to use and super convenient. The sunroof is cool to ... Read More

No Complaints, Could Ride Alille Better But Its A Small Car, Rides Better Than All The Rest I Dr By team48

love the power and mpg. ride could be a little better,but rides better than any other small car i have drove, and i road tested a bunch. hard to beat 38 miles to the gallon every time, city hiway,and ... Read More

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