definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,333 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 232010


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta gl. The contact stated that the gear shift lever would not release out of park because the brake sensor failed. Each time the brake pedal was depressed, the gear shift would not move out of park. The contact called the dealer who stated that she would have to repair the vehicle at her expense. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Wells, ME, USA

problem #2

Apr 032002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, speedometer does not work properly. Dealer notified.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 162001

(reported on)


  • miles
Check engine light repeatedly lights up on dash. The car does not shift properly and the tachometer exhibits very high rpms. The original transmission was finally replaced late fall of 2000 (replaced with a brand new one). This transmission completely failed in Jan. 2001 and was again replaced with a completely new transmission. Now in March of 2001 engine check light is again lighting up and the car does not shift right. VW was notified, but does not want to do anything about it while it is under warranty. We offered to take blue book value as trade in on a new Jetta. My concern is what happens if the transmission fails at highway speeds?

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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