Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1990 Volkswagen Jetta
1990 Volkswagen Jetta
1990 Volkswagen Jetta Problems
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Electrical issues that are difficult to diagnose—and sometimes intermittent—are typically due to ground wiring issues. The most troublesome ground locations are under the battery or at the engine.
Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.
The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.
1990 Volkswagen Jetta Recalls (Recent)
Summary: THE END CAP CONNECTING THE HEAT EXCHANGER'S CORE TO THE ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM COULD RUPTURE AND ALLOW HOT COOLANT TO ESCAPE INTO THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT.Learn more »
Summary: CERTAIN HYDRAULIC BRAKE HOSES, P/N 171.611.107B, SOLD AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR 1975-1985 VOLKSWAGEN (VW) RABBIT; 1985-1992 VW GOLF; AND 1980-1992 VW JETTA PASSENGER VEHICLES. POSSIBLE BRAKE HOSE RUPTURE COULD OCCUR WHICH FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 106, "BRAKE HOSES."Learn more »
Summary: OMISSION OF AIR DUCTS INTENDED TO GUIDE FLOW OF COOLING AIR TO LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT BRAKE CALIPERS COULD ALLOW BRAKE FLUID TO EXCEED ALLOWABLE OPERATING TEMPERATURE UNDER CERTAIN OPERATING CONDITIONS.Learn more »
Summary: AN ENGINE PREHEATING TUBE MAY NOT BE PROPERLY SUPPORTED DUE TO A MISSING SUPPORT BRACKET, CAUSING THE PREHEATING TUBE TO CHAFE AGAINST THE RIGHT FRONT METAL BRAKE LINE. THIS CAN DAMAGE THE HYDRAULIC LINE, CAUSING BRAKE FLUID LEAKAGE AND DIMINISHED BRAKING IN ONE BRAKE CIRCUIT.Learn more »
1990 Volkswagen Jetta Questions and Answers
We have managed to disconnect everything per the repair manual but as we try to pull the transmission out, the flange from the Output shaft is catching on the flywheel. No matter what contorted eff...
car when at stop light when i go to shift goes into gear but drags tried shifting into another gear and does the same 1st and 2nd seem to be the worst but other are following at times could low t...
does this car come with anti lock brakes does it come with automatic seatbelts and do the headlights come on automatically
Car has 245.000 miles and nearly stalls when put into any gear. Replaced plugs, cap&rotor, tested coil, fuel pumps also. On very fixed income, what next ?
im trying to take my ignition switch out ive done drilled 4 holes in the mount and still cant get it out how does it come out? my fuel pump aint kicking on and the guy that had it before me changed...
1990 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews
I bought this car for 500 dollars. since then i have put in low compression pistons and added a turbo kit. interior is in mint condition. 2 1000 watt 10" pioneer subwoofers, 1000 watt sony xplod amp, and 2 rockford fosgate punches mids. very fast little car. all brake lines were rusted out and needed repaired but that is the only repairs needed. 5 speed. best car i have ever owned.
This has a pretty good bread and butter sort of car.Not exciting at all , but it runs and runs.Fairly comfortable , not a great performer , but easy enough to keep up.The interior shows its age , I put tires on it now and again.Biggest expense has been timing belt and water pump replacement.A/C went south awhole back but still a good daily driver.