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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
86,524 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. rebuild engine (1 reports)
1999 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 202006

Jetta 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,351 miles


My 1999 Jetta after a little over 100,000 Kilometers suddenly drinking oil like crazy... I was caught off guard by this. I always got my oil changed every 5,000km and never checked the oil much in between...luckily one time I did!! I was almost bone dry!!!! It took over 2 liters.... I don't loose it via a leak on the pan or anything..mostly dry underneath the car. I have to watch it closely now and have to put in a least 1 liter each time between oil changes... WATCH OUT!!! Hopefully I don't need an engine rebuild before I dump the car....

- , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

problem #5

Sep 052007

(reported on)

Jetta 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

The 99 Jetta burns oil! This is no secret. I have to refill all 5 quarts of oil before the car runs 3000 miles as I hear the tapping sound from the engine.

It's a piece of scrap.

- , Haymarket, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 122007

(reported on)

Jetta 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

1999 Jettas are bad news. Piston rings are well known problem but my dealer never once in 3 years owning the car and taking it in to them for warranty repairs warned me about them! Now my engine needs rebuilding and the 100,000 km coverage limit is passed. We have to pay for this ourselves: $1500 +towing +hotel +rental car. Very expensive. Might not ever buy another VW again.

- , Toronto, ON, Central African Republic

problem #3

Oct 212006

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • 81,000 miles


My 1999 Jetta had NO OIL in the engine when I checked the dipstick!!! The stick was completely clean AFTER I had wiped it and re-inserted it into the engine! I know older cars will burn a little oil but this was ridiculous!! If you hear a tapping sound when your car is idling, don't wait!! Check the oil right away. Driving without oil can result in a blown head gasket which will cost thousands or could very well "total" your car.

Kyle D.

Folcroft, PA

- , Folcroft, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 042006

(reported on)

Jetta GLS

  • 79,796 miles

my 1999 jetta is burning just over a quart of oil every 1,000 miles. Is there anything i can do to either fix this problem, Are at least slow down the deterioration of my engine?

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 272003

(reported on)


  • 70,000 miles

I have to check my oil EVERYDAY! It burns oil like no other. Basically if you are thinking about buying a Jetta don't get a '99 they are horrible.

- , Salinas, CA, USA

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