1997 Volkswagen Jetta Repair and Maintenance

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

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1997 Volkswagen Jetta
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763
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1,067
1997 Volkswagen Jetta
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809
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1,435
1997 Volkswagen Jetta
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574
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940
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214
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304
1997 Volkswagen Jetta
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512
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895

1997 Volkswagen Jetta Problems

Reverse Gear Failures and Noise in Manual Transmission Models are Common

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

Ignition Coil, Ignition Wires, and Spark Plugs May Fail

An ignition coil or spark plug may fail unexpectedly resulting in an engine misfire and possible illumination of the Check Engine Light. Vehicles equipped with spark plug wires may also develop a misfire caused by a failed spark plug wire.

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1997 Volkswagen Jetta Questions

What amount of tranny fluid goes into the transmission of a 97 Volkswagen JettJ (1 answer)

How much would it cost to fix a piston? It makes a knocking noise in high gear. (1 answer)

Me and my fiancé are buying a car together. The guy said that when you shift in to about 3 or 4 it starts making a knocking noise. I think it's the piston but I'm not %100 sure. I just want to figure out if it's to much to even stress over. Thank you for the help!

I hear a rattling noise only when air conditioning is turned on (1 answer)

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1997 Volkswagen Jetta Recalls

Volkswagen Recalls 1997-2003 Models Due to Possible Fuel Leakage

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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1997 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

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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