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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,000 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 112006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 156,000 miles


: the contact stated the left rear wheel detached from the vehicle, crossed the highway and hit another vehicle. The other vehicle sustained minor body damage. A police report was filed. This occurred while driving 35 mph without warning. The vehicle was pulled to the side of the highway. The vehicle was then towed to an independent repair shop. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem; however the left rear wheel assembly, brakes, rim and tire were replaced. The manufacturer was not alerted. Updated 7/13/2006 - the bearing on the left rear wheel was loose and worn.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Aug 181999


  • miles
Continual problems with the rear end noise, heat shield loose and muffler center clamp loose, however after repairs noise persisted.

- Wall, NJ, USA

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