Buy it, but be 100% sure it's worth it!!
* Timing calibration
* Check engine light due to catalyst sensor
* Misfire piston 3 (new wires but connected wrong)
* Misfire piston 2 (bad wires)
* Missing water don't know where it's going? No leaks, not in oil, suspecting a bad connector between the engine and coolant compartment
* Faulty door locks (35 bucks to fix short out)
OVERALL ALMOST 350+ dollars in repairs that were NOT contemplated for this Golf.
I bought this car TRUSTING VW's reputation on my 89 Jetta. Was I wrong.
For people that fall into that concept consider the following first:
1993 and up Models don't have the DIGIFAN injection used on late model 80's cars. This is system is much more efficient and reliable, not to mention powerful than the EFI on most cars on the road nowadays. It is by my terms a little more or a fuel consumer, like 10% or more, but it's worth it.
For a 2.0 you can't really hear or feel those 112 Hp. This solely because the transmission is a lot more comfortable, for a smoother ride, sacrificing acceleration. This is a plus again your MPG's are up.
For performance get the VR6. Again late model 80's Volkswagens came with the A9 transmission love it!
The car is back from the shop today for the 4th time in less than a month for the problems listed above.
The coolant issue has not been solved yet, but hoping to fix it soon.
I still have my 89 Jetta with 127xxx plus miles and drives like hell.
VW's has seriously disappointed me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th March, 2008