Maintenance intervals, technical specs, recalls for a3 1997-early 1999 jetta tdi

  1. Fluid changes/maintenance intervals
  2. Technical Specs
  3. Featured equipment/safety ratings
  4. Recalls and Technical service bulletins

Did you just buy this car?  Here is a list of common issues that you should check: 1000q: mk3 new owner checklist

Fluid changes/maintenance intervals

Light bulbs: refer to light bulb replacement reference table

Available colors and touch up paint: refer to OEM paint codes

Engine oil:


Brake fluid:

Clutch fluid

Power steering fluid

Manual transmission fluid

Fuel filter

Timing belt

Air intake filter

Cabin air filter

Brakes/rotors/rear wheel bearings

Other misc. maintenance/modifications: 

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A3 technical specs


Engine hp 90@4000 Engine torque (ft lbs) 149@1900
Engine spec I-4 Drive wheels front
Curb weight (lbs) 2525 Brakes F/disc, R/drum
Fuel economy-auto Fuel economy-manual 40/49
Fuel capacity (gal) 14.5 Est. highway range (mi) 580/710
Body style  4 door Misc. info




Length (in) 173 Wheel base (in) 97
Height (in) 56 Max seating 5
Front head room (in) 39 Rear head room (in) 37
Front leg room (in) 42 Rear leg room (in) 31
Luggage room (cu ft) 15



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Standard equipment/features

Bucket Seats Keyless Entry System
Power Brakes Rear Window Defroster
Tinted Glass 1.9L Turbocharged Diesel I4 SOHC 8V FI Engine
14 Inch Wheels 5-Speed Manual Transmission
Tachometer Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
Anti-Theft Alarm System Cloth Seats
Cruise Control Power Steering
Remote Trunk Release Tilt Steering Wheel
Intermittent Windshield Wipers Power Door Locks
Daytime Running Lights

Available colors:

Classic Green Pearl Metallic Cool White
Porcelain Blue Silver Arrow Pearl Metallic
Suede Silver Metallic Tornado Red


Antilock Brakes: Optional Four Wheel Antilock Brakes: Optional
Depowered Airbag: Not Available Passenger Airbag: Standard
Head Airbag: Not Available Side Airbag: Optional
Child Safety Seats: Not Available Traction Control: Not Available
Stability Control: Not Available
Crash Test Results

NHTSA Ratings  
Passenger: Average  
Driver: Average  
Side Impact Front: Average  
Side Impact Rear: Poor  
Rollover Rating: Not Tested  
NHTSA: Excellent, Good, Average, Poor, Very Poor, Not Tested
IIHS Ratings  
Crash Offset: Marginal  
Bumper Bash: Good  
IIHS: Good, Acceptable, Marginal, Poor, Not Tested
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