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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012001

Jetta

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While backing up there was a clunking sound and transmission popped out of reverse. Dealer replaced transmission linkage.

- Hyde Park, VT, USA

problem #5

Nov 272000

Jetta

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission slips between second and third gear. This problem was first reported to gossett motor cars on 05/06/98, and has been a recurring problem ever since. Cruise control has functioned properly three times and failed numerous times. Gossett motor cars says there is not a problem..

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #4

Feb 062001

Jetta

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Erratic, delayed shifting betwen all gears. After 2nd diagnosis revealed problem, a resistor wire($8.50) was installed. Problem fixed, but at a cost of $128 to me.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 262000

Jetta

  • miles

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

Continual problems, some undiagnosed. Unsympathetic dealership. Reoccuring problems. Most problems occurring after lease/warranty were up. Too many problems for a car that is only about 2 and a half years old. Dealership unable to diagnose why brake light is on, A/C not working, engine not starting although starter was replaced, or why engine began smoking. All the problems appear related. They all occur at the same time.the car is unsafe and I am afraid to drive it now because no one can figure out what is wrong with it.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 022000

Jetta

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Persistent problems w/auto transmission. Several parts were previously replaced but problems continue. Sudden disappearance of 4th gear; stalling; straining, etc. Dealer contacted.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 101999

Jetta

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving 20mph it was hard to shift and car stalled in the driveway. Contacted dealer.

- Palm Dale, CA, USA

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