1988 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

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1988 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

Boxy, safe, but loads of fun, the 1988 Jetta offered a variety of models that varied in engine power and standard features. The Carat was the luxury model, featuring the recently introduced 1.8-liter, 16-valve, 4-cylinder, 123-hp engine and 5-speed manual transmission. Features that were options on other models, such as air conditioning, power windows and locks, and cruise control, were standard on the Carat. The sporty GLI also used the same 123-hp engine and 14-inch wheels. The 4-door base and GL sedan had the 8-valve 1.8-liter engine upgraded to 100 and 105-hp respectively, with a diesel option. A 2-door coupe also carried this engine.

Sporty and fast is how the 1988 Jetta is often described by owners. While it is a great commuter car or city car due to its excellent handling, maneuverability, and fuel economy, its engine power and road-hugging cornering make it fun to drive on the highways or back roads as well. Owners also think it is fearless in the snow, and one of the Jetta's strong suits is the general feeling of confidence and safety while inside. The roomy seating for four and large trunk are also mentioned.

While some drivers say they've never had to do any major repairs, especially on the durable engine, others are disappointed with the 1988 Jetta's maintenance problems and costly parts. Many agree this depends on whether you have a Jetta manufactured in Germany or Mexico, with the former being preferred. Other drawbacks include poor acceleration from a standing stop, some body roll due to its light weight, a clunky automatic transmission, and problems with peeling paint.

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    tracij
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    Where Is The Fuse For The Oil Pressure Buzzer

    17 views with 1 answer (last answer 8 months ago)
    Up2Late
    15

    Clutch Stopped Working

    So, i have a 5 speed manual trans and the clutch just stopped working. I pulled the tranny and found the thrust plate had a hole in it. Replaced that and still no clutch. After reading various post...

    1,513 views with 3 answers (last answer 4 years ago)
    Charlett
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    Where Is The Fuse Box Located

    4,359 views with 4 answers (last answer 4 years ago)
    Up2Late
    15

    Engine Revs After Starting

    After recently replacing the clutch, my 88 Jett has started to pulsate rev from 1500 to 2500 RPMs when first started up. it seems to stop after being warm for about 10 min but it has never done this...

    521 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 years ago)
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    1998 Engine Swap

    What model years would a 1988 jetta motor fit. jzammito@yahoo.com

    294 views with 1 answer (last answer 8 years ago)