1997 Volkswagen Jetta Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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

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

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

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I bought a new radio and harness for my Jetta. When I connected all the radio wires to the harness and plugged only the harness in, all of my dash lights turned on and the chime when the door is open goes haywire even when the car isn't running. I'm not sure why all this is happening, and...

Its also currently started by a push switch when I bought the car from a family member and it the first time the key has been stuck

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Volkswagen has recalled certain 1998 Cabrio, 1997-1999 Jetta, and 1998-2003 Passat models because the fuel tank filler neck can suffer abrasion damage if the rear tire goes flat and the vehicle is driven until the tire disintegrates. This may lead to fuel leakage, which can result in a fire. Depending on the model, there are different solutions to the problem. Contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 for more information.

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It drives good but there is no room enough inside. the air conditioning does not work properly.

I bought my 97 VW Jetta GLS used a little over a week ago from a mechanic. He had replaced the transmission (as I understand is a relatively common problem with these cars). I downgraded to this car from a 98 Acura Integra GSR. The first day, the check engine light came on. The second day, the distributor failed. The 3rd day, the sunroof stopped working (bad fuse...easy fix). The 4th day, the t...

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