1997 Volkswagen Jetta Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Volkswagen Jetta
- High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems
- Power Windows Fail More Often Than Manually Operated Window Cranks
- Ignition Coil, Ignition Wires, and Spark Plugs May Fail
- Reverse Gear Failures and Noise in Manual Transmission Models are Common
- Difficult to Diagnose Electrical Issues Are Typically Due to Ground Issues
1997 Volkswagen Jetta Problems
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.
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.
1997 Volkswagen Jetta Questions
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 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...
1997 Volkswagen Jetta Recalls
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 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...