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The original Jetta was simply a Volkswagen Rabbit with a vestigial trunk tacked on the back. It made a more conventional-looking car than the Rabbit, and a very successful one, for the past decade, the Jetta has been VW's best-selling model in America. 
{{Vehicle
 
|title=
 
|image=[[File:96jettaglx.jpg]]
 
|classification=Compact car
 
|bodystyle=4DR Sedan
 
|transmission=5-speed manual<br>4-speed automatic
 
|cylinders=4<br>6
 
|enginesize=2.0 liters<br>2.8 liters
 
|horsepower=115<br>172
 
|drive=Front-wheel drive
 
|mpg=24/31 (4-cylinder)<br>18/25 (V6)
 
}}The original [[Volkswagen Jetta|Jetta]] was simply a [[Volkswagen]] Rabbit with a vestigial trunk tacked on the back. It made a more conventional-looking car than the Rabbit, and a very successful one, for the past decade, the Jetta has been VW's best-selling model in America. 
 
   
The Jetta III was made the same way as previous Jettas; a [[Volkswagen Golf/GTI|Golf III]] with an extra 13 in. of trunk added behind the rear wheels. It competed with the [[Toyota Corolla]], [[Geo/Chevrolet Prizm]], [[Nissan Altima]] and other small 4-door imports. Upscale Jettas held their own against more expensive imported sedans. The Jetta was mechanically identical to the Golf, and came in three trim levels: GL, GLS and GLX. 
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The Jetta III is made the same way as previous Jettas; it's a Golf III with an extra 13 in. of trunk added behind the rear wheels. It competes with the Toyota Corolla, Geo Prizm, Nissan Altima and other small 4-door imports. Upscale Jettas can hold their own against more expensive imported sedans. The Jetta is mechanically identical to the Golf, and comes in three trim levels: GL, GLS and GLX. 
   
An alarm system, dual airbags, lighted vanity mirrors, central door locking with remote control, air conditioning, 8-speaker stereo, daytime running lights, cruise control, remote-control outside mirrors, alloy wheels, split folding rear seatbacks, a rear-window defroster and a 5-speed manual transmission were all standard on the GL. ABS and 4-speed electronic automatic transmission were optional.
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An alarm system, dual airbags, lighted vanity mirrors, central door locking with remote control, air conditioning, 8-speaker stereo, daytime running lights, cruise control, remote-control outside mirrors, alloy wheels, split folding rear seatbacks, a rear-window defroster and a 5-speed manual transmission are all standard on the GL. ABS and 4-speed electronic automatic transmission are optional.
   
The GLS added power windows and mirrors, premium cassette/stereo, heated front seats and power glass sunroof. Both the GL and GLS had the base 115-hp Four. 
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The GLS adds power windows and mirrors, premium cassette/stereo, heated front seats and power glass sunroof. Both the GL and GLS have the base 115-hp Four. 
   
VW's innovative 172-hp narrow-angle V6 came only on the GLX, along with all of the GLS equipment, plus leather sport seats, stiffer suspension, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, traction control, 15-in. alloy wheels, power glass sunroof and a trip computer. The GLX was a sport [[sedan]] that's comparable in performance and quality to [[BMW]]'s [[BMW 3-Series|325i]], but at a fraction of the cost.
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VW's innovative 172-hp narrow-angle V6 comes only on the GLX, along with all of the GLS equipment, plus leather sport seats, stiffer suspension, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, traction control, 15-in. alloy wheels, power glass sunroof and a trip computer. The GLX is a sport sedan that's comparable in performance and quality to BMW's 325i, but at a fraction of the cost.
 
==Retail prices==
 
==Retail prices==
 
*'''$16,675 '''(1994 Volkswagen Jetta III LE)
 
*'''$16,675 '''(1994 Volkswagen Jetta III LE)
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*'''$16,300 '''(1996 Volkswagen Jetta III GLS)
 
*'''$16,300 '''(1996 Volkswagen Jetta III GLS)
 
*'''$20,610 '''(1996 Volkswagen Jetta III GLX)
 
*'''$20,610 '''(1996 Volkswagen Jetta III GLX)
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==Specifications==
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{| class="wikitable" style="font-size:16px;line-height:26px;"
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|- style="font-style:inherit;font-weight:inherit;"
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!Model year
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!Trim level
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!Transmission
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!Cylinders
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!Engine Size
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!Drive
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!MPG
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!Horsepower
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|-
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| style="text-align:center;"|1994
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| style="text-align:center;"|LE
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| style="text-align:center;"|5-speed manual
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| style="text-align:center;"|4-cylinder
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| style="text-align:center;"|2.0L
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| style="text-align:center;"|FWD
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| style="text-align:center;"|23 City/31 Highway
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| style="text-align:center;"|115
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|-
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| style="text-align:center;"|1995
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| style="text-align:center;"|Base
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| style="text-align:center;"|5-speed manual
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| style="text-align:center;"|4-cylinder
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| style="text-align:center;"|2.0L
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| style="text-align:center;"|FWD
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| style="text-align:center;"|24 City/31 Highway
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| style="text-align:center;"|115
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|-
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| style="text-align:center;"|1995
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| style="text-align:center;"|GL
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| style="text-align:center;"|5-speed manual
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| style="text-align:center;"|4-cylinder
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| style="text-align:center;"|2.0L
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| style="text-align:center;"|FWD
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| style="text-align:center;"|24 City/31 Highway
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| style="text-align:center;"|115
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|-
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| style="text-align:center;"|1995
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| style="text-align:center;"|GLS
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| style="text-align:center;"|5-speed manual
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| style="text-align:center;"|4-cylinder
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| style="text-align:center;"|2.0L
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| style="text-align:center;"|FWD
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| style="text-align:center;"|24 City/31 Highway
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| style="text-align:center;"|115
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|-
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| style="text-align:center;"|1995
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| style="text-align:center;"|GLX
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| style="text-align:center;"|5-speed manual
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| style="text-align:center;"|6-cylinder
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| style="text-align:center;"|2.8L
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| style="text-align:center;"|FWD
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| style="text-align:center;"|18 City/25 Highway
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| style="text-align:center;"|172
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|}
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
 
<p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><gallery>
 
<p style="margin-top:1em;margin-bottom:1em;"><gallery>
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[[Category:Volkswagen]]
 
[[Category:Volkswagen]]
 
[[Category:4-door sedans]]
 
[[Category:4-door sedans]]
[[Category:4-cylinder vehicles]]
 
[[Category:6-cylinder vehicles]]
 
[[Category:Front-wheel drive vehicles]]
 
[[Category:Compact vehicles]]
 
[[Category:5-speed manual vehicles]]
 
[[Category:4-speed automatic vehicles]]
 

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