1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from Mexico


Not what they used to be


Drivers seat cushion starting to sag.

Whole exhaust system replaced.

Radiator went at 90,000 miles.

All power windows system replaced before 60,000 miles.

Trunk lock system went at 80,000 miles.

Trunk light works intermittent.

Clutch went at 70,000 miles.

Battery replaced at 60,000 miles.

All struts replaced at 55,000 miles.

Rear struts replaced twice in three years.

Rear springs replaced at 90,000 miles.

Rear brake cylinders repaired twice in 3 years.

Cruise control went at 60,000 miles.

Spark-plugs wires replaced twice in 3 years.

Car idles when cold.

Oxygen sensors replaced at 45,000 miles.

General Comments:

I'm from Mexico. I had a Volkswagen Golf from 1997 to 1999 and never had any problem with the car. That Golf was manufactured in Mexico and I bought in Mexico. When I changed the car I decided to continue with VW because of its good reputation of quality and durability. I went for the Jetta GLS manufactured in Mexico, but designed to be sold in the US, I bought it as an exportation model, so my car mileage, speed and everything else is measured using miles and gallons. Since it was designed to be sold in the US, I thought the quality would be better than my previous Golf, but this Jetta makes me double think about VW reputation, because of all the parts that needed to be replaced, and the car hasn't met the 100,000 miles. My family also owns some Jettas IV generation and the problems with locks, power windows, gas and water pumps, braking system continue. Definitely I'm thinking in replacing my car, but this time I'll go for a French or Japanese car. VW is just not what it used to be, the German reputation of built to last is gone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th May, 2004

23rd Jul 2004, 04:25

I agree the jetta is a pos. the power windows stink one breaks after another.

1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Liter from North America


A great value for an imported German designed car from Mexico


Driver side door lock fell out at 70000 miles.

Coolant hose coupling on back of cylinder head leak at 85000 miles.

A/C compressor failed at 87000 miles, got one at junk yard for $50.00 and good as new.

General Comments:

Got this car from a repossession sale and was the first VW I've ever owned.

For the cost of this car, its been a great deal. It handles great for a four door sedan and gets great gas mileage.

For those mechanically inclined and can keep up with all the little things that go wrong, this car can last for a long time. Proper maintenance is a must for these cars, but not as bad as the "domestic" specials out there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th March, 2004

1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America


Good car for it's price


Alternator Went at 65,000 km.

Starter gone at 90,000 km.

Drivers seat cushion starting to sag.

Body molding started to peal off.

Mufflers just went.

Drivers side power windows are only working intermittently.

General Comments:

Even with the list of problems that I have had maintenance coasts have been veary low.

The car dose every thing well for it's price.

I would have a hard time buying one agen as my Jetta has had fewer problems then my friends Jettas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2004

13th Aug 2004, 14:24

I have the same car. it is a piece of junk. how can you say it is a good car? look at all the bad reviews of this car, I can see that I am not the only one who feels like this. the thing that I hate most about this car is how cheap the power windows are. one breaks after another. i have never had a car where the power windows break. with a car like this power windows should be the last thing to worry about, after all the problems with it. I will never get another jetta again. in my eyes I think this car was a huge mistake and a piece of junk!!!