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4.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,300 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta miscellaneous problems

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 012010

Jetta

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Request for complete consumer copies re safety report on 1998 Volkswagen Jetta.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #9

Nov 012009

Jetta

  • 100,000 miles
I own a 1998 VW Jetta gl and have had to replace the transmission twice now because, I am told, VW increased the torque on Jettas of this year by adding a 5th gear, which results in excessive wear to the reverse gear and results in several reverse gear teeth chipping, thus rendering reverse inoperable. As I said before I have had to replace my transmission twice now due to the faulty reverse gear.

- Green Camp, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 152000

Jetta

  • 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 #7

May 272003

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 105,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

98 VW Jetta tdi. The odometer, speedometer and cruise control intermittently quit working while driving. Sometimes they come back on within a mile, sometimes up to ten miles. Happens about every 150 miles. Vehicle has 111,500 miles.

- Hannibal, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 112002

(reported on)

Jetta

  • miles
No summary.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

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problem #5

Dec 112002

(reported on)

Jetta

  • miles
No summary.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 162001

(reported on)

Jetta

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Check engine light repeatedly lights up on dash. The car does not shift properly and the tachometer exhibits very high rpms. The original transmission was finally replaced late fall of 2000 (replaced with a brand new one). This transmission completely failed in Jan. 2001 and was again replaced with a completely new transmission. Now in March of 2001 engine check light is again lighting up and the car does not shift right. VW was notified, but does not want to do anything about it while it is under warranty. We offered to take blue book value as trade in on a new Jetta. My concern is what happens if the transmission fails at highway speeds?

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #3

Oct 201998

Jetta

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Check the engine light comes on frequently while vehicle is running.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Oct 011998

Jetta

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

- Auburn, ME, USA

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