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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 182005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 105,000 miles


It was raining. My windshield wipers were on. White smoke came up from my steering column for a couple seconds. What makes this particularly frustrating, this happened on a 94 Jetta I once owned. This happened on a 96 Jetta my sister owned. Eventually, something in the steering column burned out and had to be replaced. We both paid for those to be replaced. Now, years later, I am faced with another burning steering column. I hope to find that VW is owning up to poor design, and when this one finally breaks, that they foot the bill for their failure. Referred to this site by this link: I did a quick yahoo search to find that this was not a jinx that hit just my family.

- Moon Township, PA, USA

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