1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.

Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a recall from Volkswagen regarding replacement of the glow plugs on 2004-2005 model years only.

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Questions

Car started and ran fine yesterday. I park it in the garage unlocked and when I went to leave this morning, I opened the driver's door and the alarm went of. I shut the alarm off with the remote, closed the door and the alarm went off again. I turned off the alarm (factory-installed), put ...

How do you go about reactivating the readiness mode on the security system?

With new battery, engine still wouldn't crank. Could it be a fuse or a relay, or is it the starter? The car was running fine yesterday although I left the headlights on for a short while. Even then, I was able to start it without any problems.

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Reviews

This is my third Jetta second of the 98 model. 260000 miles averaging between 46 and 52 mpg without thule rack with rack drops by 4 mpg. When i purchased it 60,000 miles ago it needed a front end alignment. That solved all wheel wear problems. The clutch on the ac is going but 260 000 miles i think is still fairly acceptable for the clutch. I have noticed some issues with the pep so doi...

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