1999 Volkswagen Jetta jetta wolfburg 2.0 from North America




Shocks, fuel pump, fuel filter, brakes, tires, 3 electronic window regulators, ignition key switch and lock, ac, brakes, clutch, emergency brake, seats are wearing badly, carpet is coming loose, a lot of cheap plastic parts inside the car.

General Comments:

This car is a money pit, and I will never buy a volkswagon and advise my friends to do the same.

This has been a expensive lesson for myself owning a volkswagon, You never know when something else will go wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd April, 2008

1999 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 Gas from North America




The water temperature sensor failed when the car was seven years old.

That's it. NOTHING else has broken on the car, other than normal wear and tear.

General Comments:

This has been the best car I have ever owned (my 14th vehicle.)

It has been unbelievably reliable. It has been abused by three kids learning to drive, has been stolen (and recovered) put into a ditch (which ripped the front bumper off) on a rainy night, and driven every day for the last eight and a half years.

I've followed the prescribed maintenance schedule, always done at the dealer.

The car has the original clutch, has NO rust, and is as solid as the day I bought it. It still cruises at 130kph on the highway as quiet and smooth as ever. Gas mileage is as good as ever, the A/C works, power windows work.

I find it amazing that so many people have had so many problems with what has been an amazing bargain - I'm keeping it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2008

1999 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsberg Edition from North America


Fun to drive, expensive to fix


Ignition coil cracked at 82,000 miles (aprox).

Minor front fender bender caused passenger seatbelt to completely lock up, had to replace.

My ignition key sensor broke, now it thinks the key is always in click one position. Therefore radio stays on unless manual shut off and door chimes at all time when door is open.

Most recent services: Needed to replace timing belt, valve cover, spark plugs, distributor, rotor.

To be determined: Left side of odometer lights comes on and off intermittent, and my backup lights do not work. At first they would stop working at the same time, now the work/don't work at different times.

General Comments:

This Jetta has great handling. In snow and rain as well.

I have enjoyed owning the car. The only downside I feel for me at this point is the cost of fixing Volkswagens. Not all repair facilities will be able to fix all problems. Some jobs require VW specific tools.

I had also noticed that a couple of other people have reported the same problem with the ignition coil. I wish I would have know that before now.

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

Review Date: 21st January, 2008

1999 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0 SOHC from North America


Not what I expected from German Engineering


I Purchased this car from a used car dealership thinking it was a deal. I did a Kelley blue book search on the car and noticed it was under retail, I soon learned why.

I won't go into details with cosmetic damage, simply because I knew what I was getting into when purchasing a used car.

I recently learned that the Jetta IV was known for having electrical problems. When I first bought the car the light bulbs were extremely dim. I took them out to take a look at the bulbs. They were intact, the resistor inside the bulb was still connected. When I looked closer I noticed the socket was burnt. The car didn't have a warranty so I knew I couldn't go back to the dealership where I purchased it. I merely took it on the chin, and tried to repair it myself. I simply went to an auto parts store and bought new sockets and the correct light bulbs making sure that wouldn’t' have been the problem, problem solved... temporarily.

After 3 months of ownership when it came time to change the oil I noticed the drain plug wouldn't screw in tight like a normal car, the screw or the oil pan was stripped. Went to a Volkswagen dealership they wanted 300+ to repair it. I merely designed a gasket to fit there, problem solved.

After 5 months of ownership the clutch began squeaking and the start would make a loud grinding whistling noise. Then one day the car just wouldn't crank. Took the car to a local mechanic who works on Volkswagen, did the job cheaper than the dealership would have. Apparently the flywheel is damaged causing the gear on the starter to damage as well. eventually the starter gave up.

At around the same time the light bulb sockets burnt again, and I was stuck with no working lights. The reverse lights have burnt out as well, and also one of the rear tail lights, causing me to be pulled over numerous times.

The power locks no loner work, and often times the anti-theft will alarm itself not allowing me to turn the car on, and leaving me stranded. Quick solution to this problem, I merely take a wrench disconnect the battery and reset the computer. seems to fix the problem.

The check engine light never goes away. I've been told it's numerous things. At one point the car was idling around 400 rpms, I was informed that the circuit board on the throttle body idler module was damaged and needed to be replaced.

Later on I didn't pass the Indiana state emissions test because the O2 sensors weren't functioning properly.

I have gone through 2 Volkswagen windshield wiper motors.

I can't stress how much of a burden this car has caused me.

Currently I'm in the process of looking for a slightly used certified Japanese car with a warranty. I really just want a car that I know the only amount of money I'll put in is for basic maintenance.


General Comments:

Interior is decent size, car looks cute from the outside, but unreliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2008

25th Sep 2009, 12:24

Jettas are made to drive in Germany, not the crappy roads here in American, that's why people.