1997 Volkswagen Cabrio VR6

I’ll get this right out of the way: at GCFSB, we don’t like “stanced” cars. Okay, so what is this Cabrio doing here? Well, as we’ve done before, occasionally there are cars worth taking a look at because perhaps they can be saved. This Cabrio is a good case in point; a lower mileage example with a clean VR6 swap, but riding a little too low for most people’s taste. No problem, it’s supported by air, so you can crank it up a bit:

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6

Known as the Vento in Europe, the Volkswagen Jetta III, as it was known in the US, was introduced at a time when US sales were at their lowest and it appeared as if VW was considering pulling out of the US market. This car, along with the third generation Golf, was credited for keeping the flame alive on these shores. This generation Jetta became the best selling Volkswagen by the time the production run ceased in 1999.

The MkIII Jetta brought about many refinements, including a more streamlined look, safety features such as airbags and anti-lock brakes and, for the first time, the addition of a six cylinder engine. The recently introduced 2.8 liter VR6 found its way under the Jetta’s hood beginning in 1994. Thus equipped, this car could scoot to 60 miles per hour in under seven seconds. While they were great performers in their day, few survive in good running order. This Jetta GLX VR6 for sale in Florida is the last year the hot version of the Jetta MkIII was produced.

1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 on eBay

1998 VW Jetta GLX VR6. One owner, 69k ACTUAL miles, leather, automatic, sunroof, keyless entry, fog lights, spoiler, alloys, Bose, etc. Showroom Condition. Clean Carfax. Made in Germany. Last year of the classic body style.

A MkIII Jetta or Golf is hard to come by in good nick. The glaring problem for this car, at least for me, is the lack of a manual transmission. The Volkswagen VR6 is arguably one of the best engines of the last 25 years and frankly, it deserves not to be saddled with a slushbox. Other than that, this is the best Jetta GLX I’ve seen in a while. One error in the seller’s description is the country of origin. This particular Jetta was built in Mexico, not Germany. This is readily apparent from the VIN starting with the digit “3.”

At almost $6,000, we’re a bit on the high side for a MkIII, as that kind of money will get you into a similar vintage E36 3 series. Two very different cars, but in all honestly, it depends on what you’re looking for. Having owned a MkIII GTI with the 2.0 liter engine, I can honestly say I miss that car. At the same time I owned that car, two good friends of mine had MkIII Jettas; one a 1997 Trek and the other a 1998 Wolfsburg Edition. Seeking this GLX brings back a lot of great memories.

-Paul