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1997 Volkswagen Jetta

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.0

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Why oh why did I get this Jetta?

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Apr 8, 2009 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Seat heaters, good handling.
Cons: Faulty electrical system, expensive and frequent repairs.
The Bottom Line: Don't get it, hit or miss with quality of these cars!

I was really excited about the Jetta when I purchased it used. It was cute, handled well, and came at a decent price. However...I think this particular Jetta could only be described as a lemon. The first issue that came up was that the front ... read more

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*** Ex Girlfriend, Black Jettas ***

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Dec 7, 2006 - Updated Dec 10, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Suits my needs, powerful, safe, fun
Cons: Compact, front cupholders, backseat space
The Bottom Line: Pretty solid car, reliable and suitable for teens and adults-nothing luxurious, but a high end ride for price

*This may help or hurt my review, but I’d first like to point out that I’m YOUNG MAN writing about a typical feminine automobile. Its definitely rough, but its what I’ve got to work with, and I really enjoy it. Since the beginning of my ... read more

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For Anyone Doubting Because of Negative Reviews, This is for You.

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Jul 17, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Nimble and delicate handling, great HP/Torque band, looks, fun to drive, everything
Cons: NOT for someone who: needs frou-frou things (cup holders), or has unrealistic expectations about automobiles.
The Bottom Line: If you want a car that is a little out of the ordinary, want German engineering at an affordable price, and truly enjoy driving, this is the car for you.

This is a review for anyone on the fence and slightly discouraged by negative reviews they see about Volkswagen. I read them before buying my 97 Jetta GLX, had a minor hesitation, but took the plunge and I have never been happier. I haven't had my ... read more

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Fun car, but watch out at +80,000

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Feb 11, 2006 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Sporty good looks that to this day(11FEB2006)still make people turn their heads.
Cons: Front cup holders, longevity of plastic interior trim, and my GLX's past owner!
The Bottom Line: If you like it, go for it. Just be sure to check the miles and be prepared for sudden repairs after 80,000 miles.

To be honest I just bought the car because I liked the way design of the MKIII jettas. Most of the reviews that I read about it were from very displeased customers, but I wasn't detered! I did it, I bought my GLX with 85,360(she's @ +97,000 now) miles ... read more

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Good things come in Jettas

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Jul 7, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Gas Mileage, Room, Power, comfort
Cons: After market parts are hard to find.
The Bottom Line: Buy it, you will be proud to drive it...always.

I absolutely love my car. I have owned it for exactly one year with very few complaints. My Jetta is a GLS with the 2.0 and a 5 spd. manual. It is a joy to drive, and i love to let other people drive it just so they will feel the same joy i do. ... read more

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The Car That Keeps On Giving...

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Jan 5, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Huge trunk, FAST, roomy, reliable & stylish
Cons: Bad cupholders, side moldings fall off (nothing that double-sided heavy duty tape can't fix)
The Bottom Line: Great, reliable car with room for friends & cargo. Easy to park! Beautiful car!

What can I say but that I love my '97 Jetta GLX VR6 w/5 speed tranny! It's fast, smooth, reliable, stylish..you name it. She keeps me warm when it's cold and cool when it's blistering hot (a thumbs up for the AC/Heating system). I bought the car ... read more

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Good Car In It's Class

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May 7, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Roomy, Great mileage, dependable, nice looking.
Cons: Still a smaller car, parts higher than American cars.
The Bottom Line: I would definitely take one for a drive if I were looking at cars in this class.

I own several German made cars, and with gas hitting 2.25 per gallon, decided I needed something I could get better mileage in, and keep the daily miles off my other cars. I have owned a couple of Toyotas, a Mitsubishi, and a Subaru in the past 20 ... read more

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Jetta... Of my Dreams

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Aug 11, 2003 - Updated Aug 12, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great College Cars Very Economical
Cons: German, hard to find good parts
The Bottom Line: I love my Jetta. I have never had a problem and I plan to drive it into the ground.

I bought my Jetta (4 Cyl, 5 speed) in 2000, just when it was 3 years old. it had only 60000 miles ... read more

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Get your hands on one - you won't regret it

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Jun 13, 2002 - Updated Jun 17, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: tight handling, great reliability, great a/c, 30 mpg
Cons: Door molding fell off ...
The Bottom Line: Looking for a great used car? Get this car!!!

I have had this car since brand new. Other than oil changes, I have had to do nothing for it mechanically. The car has over 90,000 miles on it and still drives like new. I get anywhere from 27 - 30 miles per gallon. The A/C is powerful and so is the ... read more

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1997 VW Jetta

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Feb 20, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Good acceleration, Cute car, effective car alarm
Cons: See the body of my review...
The Bottom Line: No, because of the problems that my mother has experience with her Jetta

My mother bought a 1997 Jetta, new. At first the car did very well. Then the problems started. First was her power sunroof that messed up. Either the motor or something electric was wrong with it, but it does have a pannle that u can take off and ... read more

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Treat yourself- Buy one of these!

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Nov 20, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Reliability Beautifully designed Fun, fun, FUN to drive!
Cons: Worthless beverage holders Cheap "donut" spare tire
The Bottom Line: This car RULES!! Two thumbs up to the Jetta. Buy one!

I have been the proud owner of my 1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL for six months. This is the sweetest ride I have ever experienced. The Jetta is attractive, roomy, comfortable, and so much more fun than anything else I have ever driven. My white beauty has the ... read more

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A mixed bag - mostly poor

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Jul 6, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Great Car to Drive
Cons: Always concerned it will break down
The Bottom Line: Fun car to drive, very costly to maintain because of all of the repairs.

I bought a my white Jetta Trek in 1997. It has automatic transmission, and from the moment I drove it off the lot it seemed to have trouble shifting and tended to rev a lot. I have brought it to the dealer four times for this same problem and each time ... read more

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Square

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Jun 21, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Seats (VW firm and driver's height adjustable)
Cons: Slow like swimming in a sea of peanut butter
The Bottom Line: Probably not quite as reliable but I'd still take the Jetta over any other car in its class, including the Honda Civic, on overall value.

I bought a Jetta GL new and have put about 60,000 miles on it. On the whole a pretty reliable car, though I have had a few problems with it. 1. Moonroof. While still under warranty I had to have the moonroof replaced and it's never been the ... read more

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I Have Seen The Light

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May 25, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: VR6 has more torque than a pornstar on crank & makes Civic drivers salivate.
Cons: If I ever find one it is too late, I'm already been brainwashed.
The Bottom Line: 1)There is no substitute for power 2)If you want the Japanese driving experience you should maybe just rent Gung-Ho instead of buying one.

For 6 long years I drove Acura (clear my throat....Honda) autos, never knowing that a car was not supposed to have so much understeer that it made turning into a parking lot an adventure. Don't get me wrong, the car never broke or left me stranded, but ... read more

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OK car, terrible dealer service

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Jan 3, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: sporty, fun to drive
Cons: no power, poor service

In January of '98 I purchased a '97 model Jetta GL from East Coast Automotive in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. By January of the following year, I began hearing strange noises from the front end. Over the next six months I brought the car back at least four ... read more

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VW JETTA GLX VR6

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Dec 15, 2000 - Updated Dec 18, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: good gas mileage
Cons: problems with car are costly

Ah this car is my absolute pride and joy, since this is my first car (I am 18), this has probably affected my opinion of it. However, I am not easily impressed, so this car has done a lot in my mind to impress me. I had decided to buy ... read more

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cute but not so cute!

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Dec 7, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: cute and sporty
Cons: gas hog

I bought my 1997 vw jetta two years ago, I purchased it as a used car, however the miles were low and it was very sporty looking. I have the gls version so it has electric windows and locks and a power sunroof along with a tape player. After only ... read more

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1997 jetta

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Nov 29, 2000 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: good dealer support
Cons: uncomfortable back seat

I recently returned my 97 Jetta after completing my 3 year lease. Although I had no major problems with the car, I had a lot of little annoying things go wrong. In the first year the radio broke--no problem since it was under warranty. When it was ... read more

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Go Jetta!

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Oct 28, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Style, Size
Cons: Few maintenance

I had been wanting a VW Jetta for years, ever since I saw the new body style in 1994. I had some specific criteria as to what I wanted to have on my car. I bided my time and ran my trusty, rusty, Toyota Celica into the ground. It was then time for me ... read more

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Reliable, and Fun

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Oct 27, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Inexpensive, and reliable.
Cons: None.

Why: I like the looks of the Jetta. I've always trusted German Engineering. It was affordable 17,400 for the GT and test drove it. Love: I love the reliability. It's now 70,000 miles and the only thing I've had to replace was the ... read more

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