VW Jetta Front Grills, Jetta Front Grills, Aftermarket Grilles, Replacement Grills
VW Jetta Front Grills (whether they be replacements of overlays) are the most common exterior appearance upgrade that Jetta owners will do. That’s because compared to other exterior appearance upgrades like body kits and spoilers, replacing a Jetta’s grille is usually quick, painless, and doesn’t require painting. Also, the simple upgrade usually leaves the vehicle with a completely different look.
Our line of VW Jetta Front Grills carry thru 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 or 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04 models.
99-04 Jetta Front Grills
Jetta Front Grills: What do they do?
The Front Hood Grill on your VW Jetta is not just for looks. The grill allows for ventilation into the front part of your Jetta to allow for better cooling for your radiator and engine bay. If your Jetta had no grill, you would suffocate your engine bay and significantly raise the amount of heat in your engine’s environment, leading to decreased performance. The factory VW grille is there to let air in while keeping larger debris out to prevent damage to the relatively fragile radiator.
While most Aftermarket VW Jetta Replacement Grills can increase performance a bit by allowing even more airflow, they are not generally considered a high performance upgrade. Basically it’s just a looks thing. Change the look of the grill and your entire front end is transformed into a different vehicle, setting it apart from the thousands of other Jettas out on the road.
Types of VW Jetta Front Grilles
While there are plenty of companies out there that make grills for VW Jettas, they generally can fall within a few categories of fitment and look.
Replacement Type Jetta Front Grills
Replacement Jetta Grills are the most common type of grill and require you to completely remove the VW grille from your Jetta. These types of grills can be the hardest type to install since they require undoing several tabs and/or screws, and then fitting the new grill in. They usually have the advantage of being more securely attached and having more of a stock flush look to them.
In some very rare occasions where the stock grill is physically a part of the rest of the bumper, you may have to make modifications by cutting out a proper install area. You could usually tell by looking at your stock grill whether cutting would be required or not (if the grill is not a separate independent piece, then you probably need to cut). While such grills exist, we try not to carry cutting type grills due to the amount of labor and permanent modification involved.
Jetta Front Grill Overlay
For a small amount of vehicles, grill overlays are available. In this case, you would leave your stock Jetta alone, and the grill overlay would fit over the existing grill. The grille overlay would then snap in or have hidden screws to attach somewhere around the edge of the stock grill. The overwhelming majority of overlay type grills are billet type.
Usually, installing a Jetta Grille overlay is simple, but due to the nature of the grill, it may sit out further than your stock VW Grill, which may or may not look right depending on your tastes. Also, if it is a snap on type (which is also pretty rare), it might pop off in the event of a hard collision... which would probably be the least of your worries if your Jetta hit something that hard.