1990 Volkswagen Jetta Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1990 Volkswagen Jetta

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1990 Volkswagen Jetta
$
347
to $
785
1990 Volkswagen Jetta
$
347
to $
866
1990 Volkswagen Jetta
$
330
to $
508
1990 Volkswagen Jetta
$
655
to $
1,257
1990 Volkswagen Jetta
$
173
to $
572

1990 Volkswagen Jetta Problems

Coolant and Oil Leaks

The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the  valve cover gasket is also common.

Difficult to Diagnose Electrical Issues Are Typically Due to Ground Issues

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.

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.

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1990 Volkswagen Jetta Questions

I bought new valves and when I received them the exhaust valve stems where longer then the ones I pulled out. Is this an iassue? (1 answer)

When I ordered the valves the exhaust stems where longer then the stoke ones. Is this wrong or is this some kind of after market thing. I don't want to start if they will mess up my car. If the exhaust stems are bigger what does it mean?

What does it mean when a 1985 VW Jetta has a hard time turning on? (1 answer)

(I know I put 1990, but it IS a 1985. It would not let me go past 1990.) When the car is cold, it has some issues turning on for some reason. I don't know what it could be, I'm no car specialist. It's not the battery because that was already replaced. Any ideas?

My Jetta is overheating. Started slowly at first, but now overheats in 5km. (1 answer)

I have replaced all temp pickups and fan switch, thermostat (drilled 3mm holes X2), have replaced the reservoir tank.
While thermostat cap was off, checked impeller, used torch and screwdriver to c if impeller is broken or loose (100%). NOT loosing water, no oil in water, no vapor out of exhaust...

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1990 Volkswagen Jetta Recalls

Recall 06E018000
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 S...
Recall 93V129000
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.
Recall 92V050000
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.

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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.

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