1998 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 41 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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PROS
"power" 17 reviews
"ride" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"handling" 9 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
CONS
"power" 8 reviews
"expensive car" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"small power" 3 reviews
"high maintenance" 3 reviews

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Ross writes:
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 Review
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power,luxury, its a vr6!

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engine part prices

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Great Car But Kak To Pay For — you pay a large price for parts and fuel bills. but really its all worth it once you put your foot down and you hear that v6 shout and see the horizon show up in a rapid motion,plus its nice having all the extras you get from having the executive model

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Roman writes:
1998 Volkswagen Jetta K2 Review
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It's a VDUB, there's nothing more to say.

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Working on the engine can get a little irritating in some places.

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Jetta K2 — Very reliable car and has great gas mileage. I've since replaced the sway bay bushings, the suspension, brake calipers, rotors, coolant hoses, timing belt, and the window regulator for the passenger door. For a car that is almost 11 years old it's very reliable and everything works perfectly since the day I bought it. Has a good amount of torque from a small 2.0L engine and acceleration is descent for a an engine this small. The handling is alright but I wouldn't recommend it as a track car because of it's poor suspension geometry. Overall it's a very fun car to drive and would recommend this car to anyone looking for a cheap German engineered sedan.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sébastien writes:
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GT Review
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Great car, sturdy, amazing handling, good acceleration and decent brakes

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Costly repairs

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1998 Vw Jetta Gt 4d Auto — The '98 Jetta GT is a sturdy car good acceleration (it revs high), brakes might take some time to get used to as it's not as sensitive as the jap makes, great handling (it's a heavy car, so it won't get pushed around if there's a lot of wind while driving), comfort is better than the japanese makes. Downside is the maintenance and parts when it breaks down which are pretty expensive. I suggest this car to anyone who has knowledge in fixing cars or else it could cost you an arm and a leg. But apart for the repairs it's a great car, I personnally love it I've done lots of trips with it and the trunk is amazingly huge, I just wish it wouldn't be so costly on the repairs...

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Mike writes:
1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDi Turbodiesel Review
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4

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mileage, sturdy

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expensive repairs, fuel cost

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Average — Slow acceleration, brakes work wonders, handling is good if your suspension is in good shape (mine is not anymore). I just replaced the head gasket, It needs a new MAF and new struts. Looks like a nerd car, but it is. Diesel is crazy expensive but it gets 50miles/gallon, parts aren't cheap either.

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Ron writes:
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
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4

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Above average mileage.

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Low performance.

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Good — Very good commuting car, gets above average mileage. Easy to change the oil.

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HotRod writes:
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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5

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fun to drive, reliable, good gas mileage

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a little on the small and light side

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Great Value, Good Performance — The 1998 Jetta, built in Mexico, handles exceptionally well for the cost. New, it was priced under $20,000 with a fairly loaded package. The car has retained its residual value, and is still worth anywhere from $4-$7K depending on condition. The car has a good track record mechanically, and the manual transmission is fun to drive. The sound system is also solid. Good gas mileage -- 30+ miles on the highway.

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p0teet1 writes:
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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the fuel economy, the handling.

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the cost of repairing the car.

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I Dont Know — every thing that this car has in it has almost hit what i paid for it. and its been a great car until its time to put parts into it. then the costs start to rise extremely quickly and i dont have the funds to keep putting into it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Rach writes:
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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Cool little car, HUGE trunk which I loved, seats were comfy, sunroof, mine was a manual which was nice, roomy.

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Unreliable, touchy, electricity/wiring bad, check engine light always on, transmission's reverse would pop out of gear every time you reversed, car alarm would go off all the time.  

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The Most Unreliable Car I've Ever Had. Very Touchy. — After buying it with around 70,000 miles I then had to get it fixed immediately ($600) because check engine light came on, really hard to pass emissions bc check engine light was hard to keep off, trans would pop out of reverse (stick shift) and would grind gears really bad, over the course of a few years all the power windows motors went out except for the sunroof, electricity was horrible! My car alarm would go off out of nowhere WHILE DRIVING, if you pressed one of the interior automatic door lock buttons; all locks would go down and when you opened the door: car alarm went off again! Windows kept falling off the track and falling into the doorframe........the list could go on and on! This was the coolest but WORST car I have ever had. Would never buy it again. Don't recommend this year at all. I've broken down in it MANY TIMES on busy roads. Don't buy it.

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Matt writes:
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GL Review
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Tow Hook and NEWGUY stickers

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the rust

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The Vdub! — Decent car, but nothing special. Can be fun to drive as it handles well overall. That being said there is very little pick-up from the 2.0L engine, either a VR6 or a turbo on this car would be a nice touch. I am seriously considering turboing this car even though it is my winter beater.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jacob writes:
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Review
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The times when it ran without needing something fixed, it took good care of me.

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Constantly in need of repair, kind of boring.

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Get It If You Like It, But Do Your Homework. — Performance wasn't an issue, but also not a selling point. It wasn't necessarily slow, but you weren't going to impress anybody. The one I had came with fairly high miles, some rust, and a lot of issues that were kind of half-assed fixed so that they could sell the car. I bought it in the middle of the winter, snow and ice clinging to it, at night. Stupid, costly mistake. It's a really conservative looking car, but mk3 vws are cool by me. You can buy them pretty cheaply but spend more if you are going to get a lower-mile car or a car with less problems.

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