1991 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 Gas


A great car all around-- prime example of German craftsmanship


The trunk is lifted via the plastic moulding above license plate... it broke... could be a little stronger.

Cruise control works occasionally-- previous owner has had dash opened... worked on electrical.

Replaced 2 electrical relays a couple months after I bought it.

General Comments:

This car is made in Germany- some Jetta models are made in Mexico.

In spite of some relatively minor problems that can be attributed to it's age and the incompetence of its former owner, this is a great car.

It has very good acceleration and excellent fuel economy-- 36-38 miles per gallon driving 80% highway 20% city driving.

Steering is responsive and good handling overall.

The heater will force you out of car. Air condioning also works very well--even with 3 days of 107 degree weather recently.

Good leg room up front, cramped for tall adults in rear, but comfortable seats overall.

The trunk is huge, bigger than many full sized sedans.

Under the hood, everything in plain view (except power steering) and plenty of room to for oil changes, tuneups, etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2002

1991 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 gas


The perfect little sports car


~Bumper cover tends to slide off.

~The blower needed to be replaced.

~Resonator had to be replaced.

General Comments:

My '91 Volkswagen Jetta is the best car I have ever owned in my entire life. The car handles well on the road, gets excellent gas mileage, and is an exhilarating experience every time I get in.

The manual transmission is wonderful. The shifting between gears is unbelievably smooth. There is no other car to compare it to.

Anyone who wants to own a car that's fun to drive and economical, drive VW Jetta, you can't go wrong!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2002

6th Jan 2007, 09:58

I also have a 91 jetta it is a wonderful car. it is even better with a '96 2.0 engine. pretty fast!

8th Apr 2007, 17:18

I also have a 91 jetta with a '92 gti engine in it. I love the car because it's solid, corners well, and gets great gas mileage.

2nd Aug 2009, 12:16

I purchased a 91 Jetta brand new, absolutely the worst car I've ever owned.

The first day, after driving 2hrs, turned it off to gas up, it wouldn't start back up. The entire time I owned the car, anytime you would drive it, then turn it off, it wouldn't start. Years later I found out this was a problem with the design, the placement of the starter was bad, it would get hot, and this caused it to not start.

The dashboard from day one made a lot of noise.

The tail lights eventually melted; you see the bulbs VW used were too hot, they melted the tail lights.

The muffler, after driving for a couple of months began to make a lot of noise, problem with the rubber brackets that hold the muffler, they needed to be replaced every three to four months, common problem with Jettas.

Before owning this car I was a huge fan of VW, but after owning the car I would never buy another VW again! Horrible car, made in Mexico BTW.

1991 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8


Good car, Great price


The ignition had problems when I first bought the car, and eventually the car stopped starting. I put a cheap hot switch in and have had no problems since.

General Comments:

My Jetta is the best deal I've ever gotten on a car - 900 bucks with a fully rebuilt engine.

I was surprised at how peppy the car is, considering its age. My roommate's stock 97 Civic won't keep up with it.

This car is slightly lowered and handles better than most cars I have ridden in, many with much more expensive suspension.

How can I complain? (My last car was a crummy hatchback.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2002

1991 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 101 hp gas


The Accord eater of the used car market


The dash in my Jetta has about 3 vertical cracks in it that stretch from the defroster vents to the steering wheel. This is the first Jetta that I've ever seen with any mentionable cracks in the dash.

Everything in my Jetta rattles or creaks a little. The headliner tends to creak over large bumps, and the dash and door pouches rattle when the car is in drive setting still.

The black plastic areas on the bumpers, fender wells, door trim, etc take treatment at least three times a year to keep looking black instead of gray.

After the windshield was cracked by a rock in the hands of the previous owner, the new windshield was improperly reinstalled. The weatherstripping now traps water at the bottom slowly creating small rust places in the Cal-area below the windshield. This is the only corrosion on the car.

General Comments:

This Jetta handles exceptionally for a car from the early 90s.

Most passengers complain about front leg room and compliment about the rear leg room while riding in my Jetta.

The seats are to die for - very supportive in the front and rear.

The passive safety belts are a pain to those unaccustomed, however the addition of the lap belt (88-90 had no lap belt) is a comforting feature.

The body has no corrosion (except for that caused by a faulty re-installation of the windshield) and the paint looks terrific.

The 91/92 bumper style looks exceptionally well compared to the 85-90 style from this generation Jetta.

I was in an accident in my previous '89 Jetta, rear ended by a lunatic going 45 MPH who never touched his brakes. I walked away without a scratch and the cabin was not intruded by glass, metal, etc. These Jettas are very safe cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2002

15th Nov 2005, 14:45

I had a '92 Jetta and was also rear-ended by somebody going 45-50 mph who never touched his brakes. My car was totalled, but I walked away from the accident. An incredibly safe car.