Volkswagen Jetta Review from Sweden

1988 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 injection gasoline

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.8 injection gasoline Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 kilometres
Most recent distance184000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

As faithful as an old dog

Faults:

Exhaust system 2009.

Brake hoses 2008.

Battery 2012.

Radiator 2013.

Shock absorbers 2010.

Rubber flange 2006.

Oil pan seal 2010.

General Comments:

Simple, well built, no-frills cheap transportation. Bought it from an old man for 500 € in 2006, the interior was like brand new, and it had complete service history with authorised VW service stamps in the book.

I love this car, as it takes me everywhere I want to go at anytime. The front wheel drive and proper heater + heated seats work magic in this cold climate.

It's basically a Golf MK2 with a HUGE trunk :)

The overall design is a bit gloomy, but that don't matter to me.

The drivetrain is bulletproof and VERY easy to maintain. Parts are dirt-cheap and available everywhere.

Never had a problem passing the annual tech. inspection.

Drives and handles quite well for being a 30 year old design. Gets around at 8-6L of unleaded per 100km.

90 HP don't sound like much there days, but the car has decent performance thanks to its low weight

When it comes to comfort, it's not a Cadillac. The seats are a bit small and unsupportive, it has no power steering (no need to go to the gym, all I have to do is to parallel park my Jetta), no A/C, no cruise control, no power mirrors, nor power windows.

This car will stay with me for a LONG time :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2013

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 1 review