1998 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews - Page 22 of 25

1998 Volkswagen Jetta GT 2.0 Liter 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Liter 4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired150 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Performance and refinement galore for a small price

Faults:

Small oil Leak from oil pressure switch when new.

Wiper motor defect when new.

Recent upper strut bushings.

General Comments:

The Jetta GT is a pleasure to own and drive with it's German personality and styling showing throughout. The exhaust sings with every movement of the accelerator and it steers like a go cart. Suspension is compliant over bumps without introducing much body lean. Firm and supportive seats. Flawless black factory paint and panel fit. high quality materials and design throughout. 25 more horsepower wouldn't hurt a bit, but once rolling the Jetta has a command of the road and will cruise a 80+ mph all day every day. No squeaks or rattles after almost 5 years. Huge trunk without compromise to body styling.

Honda and Toyota freaks will quickly point out that their cars are more trouble free, especially if they happen to be a bean counter who never drove anything, but a golfball. The Japanese are probably still better at initial quality statistics, but their cars are boring to the point of inducing sleep.

Start the Jetta, drop the clutch and let it do it's thing.

Warranty claims fix niggling details and then you're left with a truly unique car in it's class with 250,000+ mile durability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2002

11th Sep 2005, 14:47

I Myself own a 1998 VW Jetta GT. I love the way this car drives, it accelerates very quickly, and by the time I hit 5th gear I'm already cruising at 85 MPH. It rides very smooth, corners very well. I can take a 40mph corner about 65-70mph without losing control. However I do need to replace the front CV Joints and front rotors and brakes Along with a front and back alignment costing me about $550 for parts and labor.

Thanks,

GT Fan.

1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

I'm buying a Jeep

Faults:

Right wheel bearing.

Air conditioning cuts out intermittently.

Driver's side body molding fell off.

Three alloy wheel middle emblems fell off.

Can be difficult to shift into 1st.

General Comments:

I wish this car had auto-pilot so it could find it's own way to the dealership.

Thank God I talked the dealership into a 2 year bumper to bumper warranty when I bought it, or I'd be broke by now.

Volkswagen dealerships in Seattle are very cool about giving loaner cars, and now that I've got the service manager's cell phone number I can actually get my Jetta into the shop within a week or so.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th September, 2002

30th Sep 2002, 08:55

I had a Golf and it was also a lemon, traded it in for a Jeep Liberty after just nine months and never looked back.

6th Aug 2009, 12:31

My Jeep Grand Cherokee has been my replacement for my 98 Jetta GLS.. I swear, it is heaven sent in comparison.. It's a 1994 and it has ZERO problems, I am not only disappointed in Jettas, I am heartbroken!!

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carHyundai Elantra

Summary:

Best wanna-be luxury car on the market!

Faults:

Seats are badly worn.

Cassette player broke.

Replaced radio, reception is still poor. Better reception is achieved when I detach my roof mount antenna.

Cruise Control works when it wants. When it does work, it shuts itself off after about 5 minutes.

Windows tend to "bounce" up and down.

Rust is starting on trunk of car.

General Comments:

The car rides like a true luxury car. All of my friends and family who hate foreign cars are now VW believers! It corners like nothing I have ever driven, and the ride is exceptionally smooth.

Being that I'm only 4'9", the height adjustable seats and tilt steering are a valuable asset! A must have for anyone short or tall.

Even though the engine is only a 2.0 4-cylinder, it whoops on anything close to it (Cavaliers, Neons, etc...)

Since replacing my head unit with a Kenwood CD player, the radio bumps for a factory system.

Plenty of trunk space for tailgating and weekend getaways. I mean, I could sleep in this trunk if need be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2002

8th Jan 2007, 11:09

You must have the best Jetta wolfsburg car that ever came off the assembly line!!! Lucky you!!!

All the rest of us Jetta owners got spare parts for you!! hahaha.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 92 reviews