Pros: Great German Design
Cons: Cup Holders & Trim Moldings
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL Sedan 4D
My first car was a 1982 Volkswagen Scirocco. A little 2-door sports car. I loved that car and it ran great, until I burned up the transmission. And I dont blame the car for that cause as a typical male 16 year old I beat the heck out of it. Drove it like bat outta hell!
So from that point on Ive alwayss loved Volkswagens and Bugs and those funky retro looking Vans.
2 years ago my wife wanted a newer car. We had a 1992 Honda Civic DX, which too was a great car. Really had no problems with that car. So being the way I am, if something works good why change that. Well, my wife prevailed and I ask her if she would consider looking at or for a Volkswagen. I told her about mine I had and how I really abused it and that car was great! She said sure and we started our quest for a used Jetta 4 door. We found a black 4 door, 1997 with about 40,000 miles and in great shape.
Here are the details on the one we bought.
Engine: 4-Cyl. 2.0 Liter
Trans: 5 Speed Manual
Drive: Front Wheel Drive
*Power Door Locks
*AM/FM Stereo with extra speakers
*Dual Front Air Bags
*Sliding Sun Roof
The Test Drive
From the minute I sat in the drivers seat I loved this car. It brought back instant memories of my Volkswagen Scirocco I had. I had an instant urge to rev the engine and burn off the tires and race down the road till I remembered oh yeah my wife is sitting here too. So we both took turns driving .
I liked how the car handles and the steering.Volkswagons have a firmer feel (steering) compared to like Honda's & Toyota's. I also was impressed with the suspension. It had sort-of a sports car feel but not as stiff as some. It rides smoother than my Scirocco did, and for that much my Honda too.It's hard to describe. Volkswagons have their own feel & style to them.
A couple things I dont like
The cup holders are about useless. You cant hardly fit anything in them, so they become extra change holders. Also the trim moldings all have fallen of. I suppose being a black car they heat up more and the sticky backing gives out. Ive re-glued them all on. Also the side mirror adjuster are very hard to use, and is easier to roll the windows down and adjust them by hand.
We have had this car for 2 years and havent had any real problems with it. The car runs smooth, handles great and gets decent gas mileage.
I really recommend anyone who hasnt tried a Volkswagen to give them a shot. They are great handling fun European cars.
We are considering trading this one in on a new Jetta.
Thanks For Reading
Mark R. Darnell