Upon purchase of the car, the seats were slightly worn, however no other such problems were evident..
Previous owner stated that his 23 year old daughter often used the car to drive back and forth to school (college), however she disliked the car as it was a standard... poor V-Dub.
It moved on to see many a better day... with my Dad behind the wheel.
To put it on the road, it required an e-test, which is required on all used vehicles in Ontario, within 3 months of a E-test under a different owner's name. It passed with flying colors.
Approx 124000k, I broke the beloved car's rear cup holder. Sorry. I mended the wound with a simple readjustment..
Approx 132000k, it wouldn't start. At the cottage however CAA covered all charges and towed the car 150k to get the car serviced. A minor glitch in the ignition wires. Rebuilt for $120, with a needed oil change, oil filter, air filter top ups, the whole deal.
Approx 134000k, Dad put on needed winter tires. Asked about a rumbling in the rear. Slightly loud and rough in the rear end at high speeds. Ended up being a bent rim. Weird one bent rims. Replaced in the summer (after winter) 60$ from a scrap yard. The brake job is maintenance. Nothing wrong with the car. Don't know how much.
Approx 140000K, a problem with the electric trunk opener. It was a sprung spring in the motor mechanism. My Dad replaced it from the scrap yard for $15.
Approx 145000k, minor computer problem. Turned out to be an oxygen sensor. Replaced for $130 plus $40 for the computer read out. VW tester drove the car, and said the rear wheel bearings would need replacing. Also said that the car seemed to be slightly sluggish. Mentioned it could be the cat, as the oxygen wasn't working (the service guy was driving a new 1.8T.. no wonder our 2.0N/A was slow)
Service guys were right. Soon after, the bearings went, costing 350$ total.
Currently nothing has really come up in the last 25000K. It's amazing on gas, and extremely peppy for its 115 hp. Wow, with the above and other minor fixes, the repairs in the last 6 years have been under $1500.
We currently have some minor leakage (combo of oil, trans and coolant). I'll get under the car sometime and tighten everything up. As for the coolant, one of the hoses that wraps around the block has some minor wear (the coolant leak). Needs eventual replacement.