1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America
Fun to drive!
Recently replaced driver's seat bottom cushion.
Ignition coil died while driving back from Ottawa (110000 km).
Rear left window doesn't work.
Replaced both rear brake cylinders.
Sometimes, the factory car alarm will engage when I turn the engine off.
When I turned on my headlight switch, the interior fan blower would turn on; replaced.
Steering pump had a slow leak, but I replaced it just to be safe, but VW re-designed a bracket for the new pump which I had to buy. Have no use for the old bracket.
Washed the engine and got some water in a couple of the wire harnesses. My lights started to work intermittently and the check engine light turned on. I had to take it to the dealer (cost me $80.00 Canadian).
Trunk lock sticks when the key is used, but I can still gain access.
Currently have air conditioning problems.
Car seems to idle rough especially when it's cold outside.
I purchased the car mostly because I could fit in it (I'm 6' 3").
The gas mileage I'm getting keeps improving (especially after a fuel injector service). I'm getting about 520 km per tank and that is city driving.
The interior is pretty roomy, but the seats could be better. The storage compartments are too small and I don't have a glove box (I guess they needed the room to install a driver side airbag).
I really love this car, but the repairs are starting to bother me. I thought these cars were tanks!
The car is very peppy (I drive it really hard) and it does perform. I like the styling; clean and simple.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th June, 2002
28th Oct 2004, 10:19
So where did you happen to find the seat cushion? I used my 95 Jetta for many trips with the family and both sides (passenger and driver have collapsed on the outside face (door side). Since I am having to drive ~70 miles a day, I MUST fix. My back cannot take any more.
Regards from Raleigh.
17th Nov 2011, 01:31
Yes, where did you get the seat cushion and how much? The outside part of the seat (towards the door) on the driver and passenger side have both collapsed. The back support on the driver's side also pushes very hard on the back. I'm hoping I can fix that too.