1998 Volkswagen Jetta Overview


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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

For 1998, Volkswagen made some changes to its lineup of special-edition Jettas. The Jazz and Trek, available the previous year, were gone. New to the lineup was the Jetta K2, designed to appeal to winter sports enthusiasts. It came with either skis or a snowboard, special upholstery and gauges, and an upgraded stereo system, among other special features. In addition, the Wolfsburg Edition returned to the lineup.

The Jetta K2, as well as the Wolfsburg Edition, the base-model Jetta GL, the sporty Jetta GT, and the higher-end Jetta GLS, came with a 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that had been the workhorse of the Jetta fleet for a number of years. It was linked to a five-speed manual transmission, which was standard. A four-speed automatic was optional.

Also in the lineup was the Jetta GLX, which was equipped with a 172-hp, 2.8-liter V6 engine and came with a full range of standard features, including a power sunroof, air conditioning, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, antilock brakes, a Bose audio system, and a sport-tuned suspension.

Drivers had mixed opinions of the 1998 Jetta. Some offered high praise for the car, citing its roominess, reliability, handling, and performance as positive points. Others were less than enthusiastic about their cars, noting a lack of quality and the need for numerous repairs.


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    98 Jetta Engine Swap

    I have a 98 jetta with the 1.9 tdi. I want to know iF i could fit a 5 or possibly a 6 cylinder tdi in it

    11 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)
    Rusty Marshall


    My car pops out of reverse when backing up you have to hold the shifter and go backwards slow what is the problem and how do I fix it

    2 views with no answers yet

    Vr6 Motor

    I need to replace motor in 98 Jetta VR6 but the motor in it now is a single cam, can i swap it out with a dual cam without a bunch of modifications

    3 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 months ago)

    Is The Ecu Failing

    son hooked up jumper cables wrong for a few seconds then got it started. Now oil light blinks, check engine light on, tachomerter stop working transmission is in limp mode car starts and runs.

    15 views with 3 answers (last answer 5 months ago)
    Colleen Shanley


    I just bought a 98 5speed Jetta but it won't shift into reverse

    12 views with 1 answer (last answer 8 months ago)