1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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Available in 7 styles:  Volkswagen Jetta Sedan shown
Asking Price Range
$531–$5,879
Estimated MPG

19–39.8 city / 25–48.7 hwy

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3.8 out of 5

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4 out of 6 people recommended this car.


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    1-6 of 6 reviews

Broken Strut tower makes this an unsafe purchase

by Jetta Junkie from Wisconsin | March 17, 2014

You can overlook a lot, and for $1200 you'd expect some rust in the usual places, but the right strut tower is rusted and broken almost all the way around. One good bump or pothole, and you could lose control when it breaks and the strut comes up into the hood. Lot of oil all over the engine, too. This is my favorite Jetta, the Mark 3, and if you have the ability you might be able to fix it up with parts from another, but the strut tower is pretty scary.

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by Love of Volkswagens from Duncanville, Tx | November 23, 2011

The car I own now is a 97' VW Jetta GLS 4 door sedan, it is very comfortable and reliable. I absolutlely love my car, and I am looking to buy a newer stationwagon soon.

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Superb!

by Jimmy from Phoenix, AZ | April 16, 2010

I have the exact same car and it still runs great! Its the same year. I do regular maintenance to it (as every car owner should do) and it still runs good. The insurance is cheap and I get great mileage. Also, its a blast to drive and it handles like a Gem. I recomend it to college students or just anyone in general.

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DO NOT buy this 13+ year old car

by Jamee from Denver, CO | March 25, 2010

This is not going to be that reliable older car. Parts are so expensive, and you will have to fix it often. The muffler alone was $600, and that doesn't include the labor to put it in. The newer models may be more reliable (?) but I am guessing the parts are still about the same, if not more expensive! Oh and my paint has been peeling and getting splotchy.

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Great Car

by Molly from Kansas | January 9, 2010

Fun to drive. A squirt or two of lock de-icer keeps the locks from freezing. Fuel economy 22 city and 29 highway. Manual windows roll all the way down in back.

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amazing in the winter, if you can get into it..

by vdub kid from holland mi | January 18, 2008

this car is really good in the snow.. but the only problem is you cant get in through the drivers side in the winter. the door freezes up, and you either have to wait 15 minutes for the car to warm up, or try and invent a way to get in through the passenger side. its pretty frustrating.

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