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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,000 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 102009

Jetta 4-cyl

  • miles


Totally rusted out area around gas intake pipe. Volkswagen Jetta 1998.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 152000


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
This car has been a pain in the A-- almost since purchase. The most serious problems have involved what seems to be defective wiring with respect to the electric windows. These have been repaired 3 times since the first incidence cited above, to the tune of $250, the last time being 6 months ago. Now I am told that it needs a new motor assembly to the tune of $650 parts and labor! other assorted door electrical problems. Other problems have been: Door moldings falling off (this must be an inherent problem with '98 Jettas, because I've noticed that most of those that I see on the road have missing moldings). Both front tires blew out within 2 weeks of each other after an inappropiately short usage. Much lower gas mileage that originally promised. Most of these problems started well within warranty.

- Elkins Park, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 171998


  • miles
Molding failed.

- La Quinta, CA, USA

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