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    Thread: What's the difference between Vento and Jetta?

    1. 10-07-2002 10:20 PM #1
      n00b here, I don't know a hellova lot about veedubs.
      My sis bought a 96 Jetta GLX last fall, but no where on it does it say Jetta. Only badging on it is the round VW emblem and VR6 grille tag, and "Vento" on the trunk lid. What is the difference between this car and one badged "Jetta"?

    2. Member DiscoStu's Avatar
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      10-07-2002 10:22 PM #2
      Ventos were MKIIIs with trunks sold on the other side of the pond
      Jettas were MKIIIs with trunks sold in North America.
      Chances are someone changed the badge from Jetta to Vento, they can be purchased from various parts stores.

    3. 10-07-2002 10:24 PM #3
      ok lets see.
      the cupholder is replaced with a dish thing
      better headlights
      difrent switch that allows you to run fogs w/o headlights
      shorter front and rear bumper
      no lights on the side of the front bumper
      front bumper has a recess for a euro plate
      diffrent rebar, rad support
      thats all i can come up with now

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      10-07-2002 10:29 PM #4
      You forgot front bumper lip, I think the 2.0's have a slightly different cam, and pretty sure the OBDII wiring harness is different(or so I've been told).

    5. 10-07-2002 10:50 PM #5
      Oh i see. So the "dish thing" instead of cupholder, and all the rest of that jazz you listed is the Vento only?

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      10-07-2002 11:57 PM #6
      I love these threads... Everyone has 'heard from so and so' about all kinds of differences...

      They're the same car. Different markets get different options and equipment. If it weren't for the fact that the Jetta is VW's biggest seller in North America, we'd all be driving cars with 'Vento' on the trunklid. Nothing else would be different... We'd still have the bigger bumpers and and all the other stufff.
      The fact is that the Jetta (or Vento) didn't sell well outside of North America. The name change was an attempt to change the car's image to boost sales. Same reason the MkIV's are Bora's.
      Here's my own addition to the 'I heard from so and so' fun: Volkswagen will no longer be selling the Jetta (or whatever you'd like to call it) outside of North America after the MkIV's production run is over.
      Jason • Now 2.0T / 455 • Then 2.0T / 1.8T / 2.0

    7. 10-09-2002 05:53 PM #7
      Is there any difference when it comes to performance?

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      10-09-2002 10:41 PM #8
      Is there any difference when it comes to performance?
      well if it's a true vento, then there's a .1 liter difference. (US - 2.8 and Vento - 2.9

      [Modified by Groundskeeper, 10:41 PM 10-9-2002]

    9. 10-09-2002 11:32 PM #9
      ones from europe and ones sold here

    10. 10-09-2002 11:34 PM #10
      There is both 2.8's and 2.9's.

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