This replacement grille is just what you need to get your vehicle in good looking form again!

Specifications:

  • Injection molded Black plastic
  • High quality item that is built to strict quality control standards
  • Replaces dealer part number: 1H5 853 653 D GRU, 1H5853653DGRU
  • Direct bolt on
  • Can be painted by the buyer any colored desired or installed as is
  • Has proper area for "VW" emblem (not included)
  • Fits early production date* 99 models (up to 8/98)

*Note: For 1999 models you can find the production date of your vehicle on either the outer edge of the driver's front door or on the latch piller that the door closes on.

Makes a great replacement and has good cost savings over a dealer unit.

48 States Only:

Due to shipping restrictions, we can only ship this to a physical address within the Contiguous U.S. (lower 48 states).

NOTE: It is necessary to reuse your original hardware, as new hardware is not included with this item.

Lifetime Warranty

This item is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. In the event this item should fail due to manufacturing defects during intended use, we will exchange the part free of charge (excludes shipping charges) for the original purchaser.

  1. step : Open the Hood (0:50)
    • Pop the hood and, reach under and push the little hook to the side.
    • Secure the hood with the rod.
  2. step : Removing the Screws (1:16)
    • Looking down on the grill from inside the hood, you'll see four Phillips screws.
    • Remove these.
  3. step : Removing the Clips (1:33)
    • Looking down again, you'll see a number of clips.
    • Use the flat blade screwdriver, and push down on the clips and pop them out.
    • Pull the top of the grill down a bit, and you can reach the clips located on the backside of the bottom of the grill.
    • Reach under the headlight from inside the hood, and you'll feel a tab. Push up on the tab, and that will release the grill.
    • Repeat for the other side.
  4. step : Removing the VW Emblem (3:15)
    • If you're replacing your grill, you'll want to remove the VW emblem from the old grill and transfer it to the new grill.
    • To do this, simply take your flat blade screwdriver, and carefully pry it off.
    • To transfer the emblem to the new grill, push the emblem into its spot and work it in from top to bottom.
  5. step : Reinstalling the Grille (4:50)
    • This is really a matter of hooking things back together.
    • You clamp you bottom one’s first and pry the top ones carefully into place.
    • Do the same for the side one and make sure everything is going in correctly before pushing the grill back into place.
    • Finally, you can replace the four Phillips screws, but make sure the screws go in straight. If they get off course, they can break the tabs.
    • Tighten the screws only until they are firm. There is no need to tighten too much, which, again, can break the tabs.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

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Vehicle Fit

  • 1996-1998 VW Jetta Black Grille
  • 1999 VW Jetta Black Grille (Built Before 10/98 Production Date)

This part replaces:

  • OE # 1H5853653DGRU
  • Partslink VW1200135
Only 5 left in stock
Part #: 1ABGR00040

How-to Video:

(06:35 min)