1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0


Car was possessed


Oh man, I thought that the car was possessed. It had many electrical issues. Many times the car would just start blowing its alarm and horn. The lights would flick on and off.

It had problems holding a charge.

Brakes felt weak.

The passenger window just got stuck.

Check engine light stayed on and never came off.

Car did have good pace and shifted well.

Car came with a turbocharger, but the engine started having problems and needed to be rebuilt. I lost the turbo in the process. The mechanic said that the car had many electrical and computer parts, which meant it would always be in the shop longer and cost more money.

General Comments:

The car looked great and it had good pace to it, but it had too many issues. I know it had high mileage and a check engine light when I got it, but I have read other reviews on it and they had the same issues I did.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th July, 2009

1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 4 cylinder


Will never have anything else. DAS JETTA; DAS AUTO!!!


- Electrical shorts (window regulators and headlight short; all fixed)

- Replaced water pump at 173,000 miles.

- Dead foam on passenger side.

- Replaced muffler at 173,000 miles.

- Replaced timing belt; jumped time after oil pan gasket replacement.

- Replaced oxygen sensor at 175,000 miles.

General Comments:

It's an older car that needs special treatment, anyone expecting to get a like new 1996 model car is just stupid. Cars need fixing up at times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2009

1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0


Reliable, but small issues


Basic routine maintenance (tires, brakes, etc.)

Windshield wiper fuse blew out at 94,000 miles.

Handbrake is completely useless and is too much for me to get repaired.

Transmission is a little creaky when it is cold, and when the car has not been driven for a while.

General Comments:

I'm pretty impressed with this car, based on its hearty age of 13 years and it's ability to run just fine.

Most of the problems are cosmetic. The moulding is falling off and the previous owner tried to fix it by using screws. The paint is rotting off.

Most of the internal problems are because of abuse from a previous owner, and would not be relevant if the person took care of the car. The brakes worked just like new once repaired, and the fuse for the windshield wipers was easy to find.

The car occasionally leaks oil, but not too much. If left undriven for a while, the transmission will occasionally slip or stick when trying to back out or roll.

I have also had some problems with the alarm system. It has gone off a couple of times when I try to unlock the car with a key, and I had no idea what to do. The Volkswagen specialist in my area told me to do something with locking certain doors and whatnot. It was a puzzle.

Other than that, I have really enjoyed it. It's a fun ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2009

1996 Volkswagen Jetta


I love this car!!!


I have had my Jetta for about two years, but it was my dad's car back in the day...

It has needed some repair such as brakes, timing belt, alternator, and other minor things such as the driver side door key lock literally popped out, my driver side door molding fell off, and my third brake light came off the window.

General Comments:

It does have some wear, the car is 13 years old so that's something that was expected, but like they say, you treat it well, it will return the favor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2009

1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L 4 cylinder


I love my Jetta!!!


My valve cover gasket leaked (11 dollar part).

My breather hose grommet is missing (5 dollar part).

General Comments:

I love my Jetta!!! I haven't had it long, but it is super easy to work on. (and that's coming from a woman's perspective)

If you are willing to do the work yourself, this car is very affordable to maintain.

I love riding in it!! It's smooth and comfortable, plus the sound of the engine could put me to sleep.

Driving it is what really makes it worthwhile, it's a quick, zippy little car. I mean for a 4 cylinder engine, it's really fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2009