1998 Volkswagen Jetta Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Volkswagen Jetta
- High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems
- Power Windows Fail More Often Than Manually Operated Window Cranks
- Reverse Gear Failures and Noise in Manual Transmission Models are Common
- Difficult to Diagnose Electrical Issues Are Typically Due to Ground Issues
- Ignition Coil, Ignition Wires, and Spark Plugs May Fail
1998 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.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
1998 Volkswagen Jetta Questions
Fresh oil change, no oil leak, have oil pressure, changed both oil pressure temp sensors.
How much to fix it?
1998 Volkswagen Jetta Recalls
Volkswagen has recalled certain 1998-1999 Jettas because the recommended cold tire inflation pressure on the label reads 2.4 bar (36.3 psi) when it should read 2.5 bar (34.8 psi). Under inflated tires can affect vehicle handling and can increase the risk of a crash. Owners will be provided with corrected labels, or a dealer can install the label if the owner wishes.
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.
1998 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews
I bought this car a little under 5 years ago. in the intervening time I've put almost 150,000 miles on my jetta, and not the old lady driving back and forth to the market to get Wheatabix kind of miles, but the jobs in three different cities, hauling metal and tools for metal art, drunken offroading at my mom's house kind of miles. i've put this car through the worst sort of hell one can imag...
I bought my 1998 Jetta 2.0L M/T with 105,000 miles on it in 2001. Now in January of 2011 it has 228,000 on it. Regular maintenance has kept it on the road, and I still get 29 mpg. Electrically the turn signals are a bit quirky, and the cruise control gave up. My son crashed it into a curb in the midst of a U turn and trashed the right side half axel and undercarriage. Some 20,000 miles lat...
Regular maintenance is the key. That which has worn out, or gone bad has been minimal for us. It's our third Jetta going back to 1986. Second Jetta saved my life in a rollover accident. (Deer in the road) We love the car, but HATE inconsiderate scum that can't/won't watch their door opening technique. You know who you are, and I hope all of the cars you ever drive are piles of junk!