Very functional comfortable, well priced sedan
Very little has gone wrong on this car, I replaced a burned out headlamp at 50,000 miles. The starter went out at 60,000 miles, that cost about 300$.
I have found the 1998 Jetta GLS to be a very reliable car. I had the brakes redone at about 50,000 miles from wear. I replaced the rear lamp display because the taillight cover was broken and moisture got into it. (my fault). I did have the starter replaced, but I don't expect that will be a problem again for several thousand miles. I am about to trade in my 5 year old Jetta for a 2003 Jetta TDI. I have heard of very few stories of Jettas being stolen or broken into, and have had no problems with the engine. Even this base model has a decent amount of power.
Some of the things that are a bit annoying about this model is, that there is no intermittent wiper setting. There was no option of adjustable power seats, and there was no front cup holder (important for myself).
I have used this car for everything! I hauled a water heater on top of it. With it's large trunk space and fold down back seats it's a very functional sedan. I am never afraid to get this thing a little dirty, Also the seat warmers are fabulous.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2003