...A Turbo Direct Injection (TDI) model has been expected in showrooms for more than a year, but quality glitches have kept it off the market. VW says the car will arrive imminently and claims this car will change the way you think of diesels, touting how quick, quiet and clean it is. We don't think Americans will be interested. Regular Jettas are a blast once they're moving. Sharp steering response, a taut chassis, and a superb driving position combine to make you forget about the wimpy 2.0-liter, 115-horsepower engine under the hood. Reliability has been a problem with Volkswagens in the past...
...Add the known reliability and longevity of the diesel engine, and annual savings in fuel expenses that Volkswagen estimates at $400 for the average commuter, and the Jetta TDI may be the best bargain in personal transportation since the rowboat. Prices have not been set, but insiders figure TDI technology will add about a $900 premium to the price of a gasoline-powered Jetta GL. Or a sticker of around $15,500. Similarly, there have been no decisions concerning packages, options and standard equipment. But expect dual air bags, power steering, cloth reclining bucket seats, alarm, central...
...The entry-level GL package came with bucket seats, dual airbags, power brakes, power steering, power door locks, tilt steering, and an anti-theft alarm system, while the GLS added cruise control, power heated mirrors, air conditioning, and power windows.Also available were the Jetta TDI turbodiesel and the Jetta GLX, which was equipped with a 172-horsepower, 2.8-liter V6 engine and came with a full range of standard features, including a sunroof and anti-lock brakes. Leather seats were optional.Drivers had mixed opinions of the 1997 Jetta. Some offered high praise for the car, citing its...
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