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

High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems

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

Loss of Power Due to Oil and Carbon Build Up in Intake Manifold

Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.

Wrong Anti-Freeze/Coolant May Cause Heater Core Leaks

Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Questions

how to fix the radio after the battery has been replaced (1 answer)

Would problem with factory alarm system continually going off prevent starting. (1 answer)

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 ...

Reactivating the readiness mode on the security system? (1 answer)

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

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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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