Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta
1997 Volkswagen Jetta Problems
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.
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.
A damaged water pump impeller may cause an engine overheating condition. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.
1997 Volkswagen Jetta Recalls (Recent)
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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.
1997 Volkswagen Jetta Questions and Answers
I am needing to put a new clutch in and I cannot pop out the drive axels. I cannot find any on-line info. Is there a retaining pin or bolt hidden somewhere?
My 1997 Jetta is having a very tough time going uphill. I have to shift into 1st gear (manual transmission) and it barely makes it. There is a strong odor of burnt metal. I cannot tell whether ther...
What special tools are needed to replace inner tie rod and steering boot. Having a tough time getting it off. What special details can you recommend for this procedure.
The '97 has a factory security system that goes off by itself. Unlocking the car by key shuts it off. Futhermore, the car has stopped cranking up. All electric still works fine. It has a new s...
I have a Jetta with 140k miles. The wipers go out after just 1 or 2 rotations. Do you think it's the motor or something like a wiper control module? Obviously, this must be repaired but I a...
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 tail pipe fell off. When I have had the opportunity to drive the car, it runs good. The seats aren't all that comfortable and the car is a little "boxy" looking, inside and out. It's an "ok" car overall, but considering the relatively lower mileage (129k) for it's age, it should hold up a little better. It's clear now that previous owners did not care as much about maintenance as I do. My only advice to potential buyers is to get a reputable mechanic to check it out first...engine, exhaust, electrical parts. Push every button, more than once. This will likely be the last German car I buy, even though I am from German roots. I'll stick with Honda's and Acura's. The Japanese seem better at building quality cars, with exception to typical rust that seems to easily develop.