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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Volkswagen Jetta body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 082001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Door molding has fallen off.

- Ruther Glen, VA, USA

problem #4

May 162000


  • miles
Front right side door molding fell off at 30000 and again at 36000. The other three are in the process of falling off or have fallen off of the other doors. Car has 60000, and the dealer says it is a problem but corporate Volkswagen does not.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #3

May 282000

Jetta Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Three outside door handles were replaced between 40,000 - 70,000 miles. At 80,000 miles, the outside door handle had to be replaced on the passenger's side. Dealer not notified at this time.

- White River Junction, VT, USA

problem #2

Jul 272001

(reported on)


  • miles
Electrical harness in the left rear door that controls the power window was cut by the door closing. This caused a short in the electrical system and failure of the power window control.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #1

Oct 011998


  • miles
Security remote, door locks, and panic button failed.

- Auburn, ME, USA

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