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
"expensive part" 2 reviews
"wheels" 2 reviews
"window" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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Displaying 41 - 50 of 51 1997 Volkswagen Jetta reviews.

Jamie writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
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4

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quick, 5 speed, can be fixed up and look nice.

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Has some waterpump troubles, already went through 2, Manual Windows, but other than that its pretty cool

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1997 Volkswagen Jetta Gl — 2.0L 1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL. Black, 17 inch rims, Subs, Tinted Windows. 5 Speed... Pretty Cool Car.

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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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Mark writes:
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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4

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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.

Cons

Couldn't get the car seat in and out easily

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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

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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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