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1990 Volkswagen Jetta Problems

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Most Common 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
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 a...
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
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0 Known 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Brakes Problems

3 Known 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Drive Train Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

1 Known 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Electrical & Lights Problem

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 a...

4 Known 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Engine Problems

The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.
Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.
To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.

0 Known 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Exhaust & Emissions Problems

1 Known 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.

0 Known 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance Problems

0 Known 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Miscellaneous Problems

0 Known 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Problems & Complaints

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also 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 a...
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.
Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.
Head gasket failure is common on higher mileage vehicles.
Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.
Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.
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