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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,000 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

Oct 202008


  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the control arm bushing needed to be replaced because it made a noise and caused the vehicle to lunge forward when stopping. A mechanic stated that the replacement would cost nearly $500. In addition, the steering rack would make a noise when the steering wheel was turned. The mechanic added steering fluid and informed the contact that there was a substantial leak, which was worsening. The estimate to repair the leak was $1,084.84. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer. The current mileage was approximately 86,000 and failure mileage was approximately 84,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

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