1999 Volkswagen Jetta 1.7 trubo diesel from North America


A major disappointment


Carbon build up in throttle body and intake manifold.

Sun roof came off track and would not function.

Relay malfunction caused stall on freeway. Car would just die while driving.

Carbon build up again.

Air mass flow component failure. Very expensive to replace. 580.00 dollars.

Throttle body shut off vale broke plastic stem. Dealer says I have to buy 350.00 Dollar throttle body to replace a five dollar valve. Will not sell them separately.

Glow plug harness has gone to ground 280.00 dollars to repair.

Glow plugs bad. $50.00 each plus labor.

Timing belt slipped while slowing down to turn into drive way. Bent valve stems and lifters. $1.200.00 to repair.

Turbo charger is worn out. $850.00 for a re manufactured turbo plus labor to put it in.

Jockey box hinge broke. Fixed with JB weld as its expensive to replace.

Defoggers would not work. Service tech said they would have to take dash out to get to levers. I found that the filter for air coming to heater was choked full of black carbon composite. Have no Idea where that came from.

First set of tires worn out at 25000 miles so I bought new tires of quality and they have about 80000 and still show good tread.

Lost electronic keys each key is $360.00 to replace.

I have had used cars all my life and have never had so much problem as I have with our new Jetta. I will never buy another Volkswagen.

We really like it when we first bought it and I took excellent care of this car and did not abuse it. I don't trust it on a long trip and will trade it off even though the trade in is not what it should be.

General Comments:

I'm very disappointed in this car and strongly suggest that others do not buy any TDI's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd November, 2003

1st Dec 2007, 20:26

Hey dude, I think somebody sold me your Jetta 'cause is the same **** with my Jetta : (

1999 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.6 from North America


Volkswagen Should be ashamed of themselves


Check Engine light will never turn off, ever.

Dealership keeps charging to turn check engine light off even though there is nothing wrong.

Front bumper fell off.

Plastic Skid Plate fell off.

Both front bumper vents fell off.

Drivers side window fell into door.

Auto door lock stopped working.

Moon Roof opens and closes by itself.

Moon Roof sometimes won't open or close.

Black greasy goo leaks out of front doors.

Cup holder door fell off.

Cup holder broke very easily, too many parts.

Rear cup holder won't open.

Interior trim falling off ceiling, glue doesn't hold up to heat.

Defective sensor in shifter doesn't allow car to start on occasion.

Section of dash lights went out.

General Comments:

This car was beautiful when it was new and looked like a great European car. Then we drove it home from the dealership. That's when the fun ended. It has been back to Volkswagen service so many time we have lost count. This car has had several recalls (Seat Belts, Front Door Windows, and some that we probably don't know about) and several known problems that have not been recalled (Greasy goo leaking from doors, trim falling off)

This car is a lemon in a European car's clothing. Parts and service are terribly expensive as well as routine maintenance. I could except this with other European cars (i.e. BMW, Mercedes) That are reliable, but the Jetta cannot be relied on at all. I will never even consider buying a Volkswagen or, because of the affiliation, an Audi either. Volkswagen should do the right thing and recall the entire car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th October, 2003

18th May 2004, 09:55

I completely agree with this review. Everything that was stated happened to my 99 Jetta GL also!

30th Apr 2005, 10:23

This car is nothing, but trouble.

18th Mar 2009, 22:08

I was shocked to read all the comments. I have had my 99 Jetta since new and have 93,000 miles now. My first issue is with the check engine light coming on and won't go off. The VW dealer said to ignore it if the car is running OK. Now when I put the key in the ignition, it starts ding, ding, ding like I left the door open. It stays on for a few minutes after driving, very annoying. I am taking it to be checked out tomorrow. But, my overall experience has been great! I love this car, it gets great gas mileage and has lasted me almost 10 years.