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1998 Volkswagen Jetta brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 281999


  • miles


My lights, wipers and heat wouldn't work, discovered it was the ignition switch. Contacted VW, and dealer, they want to charge me too much to fix it. I know 3 other people with Jettas that had the same problem. Obviously VW is installing defective ignitions. My emergency brake wasn't releasing, took it to dealer and they informed me that I had a torn brake cable boot that was allowing moisture to get in and freeze my cable. The 2 yr/24,000 mile warranty was expired. My check engine light started going on and off, when I took it to the dealer, it took them 3 times to figure out it's the rear oxygen sensor. This is the first brand new car I have ever purchased and I have had more things wrong with it than I ever had with previously owned vehicles.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Brakes make high pitched noise during stops.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 171998


  • miles
Brakes perform poorly resulting in them making noise when braking.

- La Quinta, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 191998

Jetta Diesel

  • miles
1) when the steering failed it could hav E caused a fatal accident 2) when the brakes failed again it could have caused a fatal accident. 3) when the oil light indicated that there was no oil the motor could have locked up, causing a fatal accident. I find the above problems very serious. I bought the VW Jetta new 09/12/98 with 15 miles on the odometer. Thank you bill hamann.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

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