8th Oct 2005, 04:59

I recently bought a 99 VW Jetta the car itself drives great my only complaint is the check engine light keeps coming on, and my oil level and gas gauge drops with NO noticeable oil leaks, and my car is usually full with gas. I read in other entries about the radio, mine was not stock when I bought the car from a small dealer, so I hope that is the problem, or no problem would be great. My car is not a wolf burg Jetta, my windows are manual with no problems so far.I've only had my car 2 months.

10th Oct 2005, 09:12

FYI: Aftermarket (or other than O.E.) radios screw up the computer on VWs. Service shops will not be able to access fault codes, reset problems... and as you know the CEL will stay lit. Could even lead to vehicle immobilization.

Good luck with your car. (You'll need it.)

19th Oct 2005, 14:04

I have a 1999 Jetta and the ABS light keeps coming on and the engine is noisy. I am told that the VW dealer will need all day to repair this problem. The car runs solid, but has had too many annoying problems - engine (repair US$650 replace coil), electrical issues, engine light etc. and the like making maintenance expensive. I bring the car to the dealer for regular maintenance and they seem to find new problems with each visit.

Recently, the dealer changed the oil and didn't list the oil type. When challenged, they claimed it was synthetic. Previously, they listed it as ZVW-352-540-S, but now they didn't list this number with the oil change. How do I know if they are putting synthetic in the car?

29th Jan 2006, 13:00

My 1999 Volkswagon Jetta was recently broken into on the passengers back window. Ever since then, I have had nothing, but trouble. It's been a week since I brought it to the dealer and they think they found the problem. $1100.00 later and their still not sure. My insurance company doesn't want to pay because they say it wasn't from being broken into. But, when the car alarm started going off by itself when I would be driving. The car would be turned off and the windows would go up and down, and many other numerous things. I think that there has got to be a better way!

27th Aug 2006, 09:13

I have a 99 wolfburg old body. Same thing: problems with windows, throttle body need to be change, check engine on all the time, radio volume knob that goes up when turned down, idle is unstable... my aDVICE sell your car... get rid of it...don't buy vw unless you know a mechanic that willing to work for peanuts!

6th Sep 2006, 19:42

I have a 99 Wolfsburg Jetta.

Currently: my engine light comes on occasionally. At Autozone, they can't find anything except that the lid for the gas thing is not on right.

My front passenger window is not working.

My back passenger (behind driver) is not working.

My air conditioner is not working.

My radio volume goes up and down, too.

5th Jan 2007, 11:35

I bought my 99 VW GOLF WOLFSBURG EDITION on a whim, replacing a car that had been wrecked. Always loving the VW's I forgot the many repair problems I would most likely encounter. My rear floors are always wet, with no explanation or help from the dealership. My engine light intermittently comes on, with troubleshooting, and very expensive experimentation going on. My gas mileage has never been what it should. My advice would be to steer clear of any 99-2002's in the Jetta or the Golf.

10th Apr 2007, 09:16

You would be better off looking for a caliper for a 1998 jetta as this is the body style that the 99 wolfsburg takes after. the GL and GLS are the redesigned models. good luck.

10th Apr 2007, 12:42

Volkswagen SUCKS!!! I have a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg edition and it is a piece of crap!!! The windows do not work, the air conditioner does not work, the brake light switch is broken and the volume control for the radio goes up when I turn it down!!! I'm sure glad a friend sold me this pile of JUNK!!! Never buy a Volkswagen!!!

26th Apr 2007, 12:51

My Jetta won't shut off when I take the key OUT. I'm sitting there holding my keys and the engines still running.

Any one had this problem?? No one can seem to figure it out.

I've had all the problems that everyone has talked about.


12th Jun 2007, 07:10

I own a 2001 Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8T. Same comments as everyone else. Just got the car out of the dealership and $3000.00 later its running good. Of course, the throttle body and carbon build up as above in other comments. The turbo cutout valve was bad, plugs, coils, lifter gasket seal leaks, manifold hose bad etc...etc... The dealership did take care of three re-calls (ignition switch anyone?? hehe). I have always liked these cars, but did not check out comments from any of the independent consumer forums before buying. Too bad, when it runs good it's great, however... you guessed it. Wish my 96 Honda Civic VTEC had not been totaled in a hail storm, I wouldn't have these problems.

7th Jul 2007, 00:16

My late 1999 Volkswagen Jetta has burned a quart of oil every two hundred miles and the dealers say its normal. I do not see any oil under the car or smoke coming out of the tail pipe. Where is the oil going? This problem is since brand new. I have talked to other people who say the Volkswagen Passat has the same problem. I have been told by the dealer that replacing the rocker arm cover gasket would solve this problem. I do not see any oil pouring out of the engine any place. No more Volkswagens for me.

10th Jul 2007, 15:49

Oh great.

I just bought a `99 Golf Wolsfburg Ed.

I like the way it drives and the price was right. It's got 55k miles and the previous owner, who I think was quite honest, did not have any major problems besides replacing bearings on one front wheel. The mechanics who checked it out told me it's a nice car, but beware of high prices for parts.

I hope I get lucky and don't have the same lemons you all have suffered with. I can't afford it!

Random question: There is a bolted on bar that runs behind the top edge of the rear seats, but doesn't seem to be supporting them. This seems idiotic, as it's running right across the cargo area when the back seats are down. Is this bar structurally important? I'm planning on just taking it out.

Oh please lord, giveth me not a lemon...

1st Aug 2007, 17:14

Wow I purchased a 99 golf wolfsberg edition with the 2.0 l engine the only problems I've had are the engine light has always been on, and my front drivers side window dropped.

Any ideas on how to fix the window?

BTW I picked it up in dec of 06

6th Aug 2007, 20:09

I bought a 1999 Jetta with 45K miles on it in 2000. The AM radio failed, we had the volume up/down issue, and I have had to fix every inch of molding on the entire vehicle. The wiper motor has failed. I will never buy a VW again. I had a ford ranger for years and never had any of these types of issues. I now also have an Explorer (2004) that has been flawless. I rue the day my wife convinced me to buy this piece of junk. Unless you want to pay good money for a car and have many minor, and often expensive, inconveniences, avoid VW.