Got the handbrake fixed- needed a new cable.
Replaced the water bottle.
The lights stay on sometimes when switched off.
Passenger seat doesn't move forward.
Missing window handles on one side (stolen?)
Fanbelt screams with joy (loudly) occasionally.
Small windscreen crack (my fault)
Steering can be challenging at best of times- I wonder why I bothered joining the gym.
Accelerator cable can be moody once in a while- the engine can rev like a madman on dope.
Radio antenna snapped (an act of cruel vandalism)
From the decade of excess, long hair, pastel suits, discos and heavy metal comes a robust, well-built, solid, versatile and fun to drive/ be seen in little machine: equally good for use as a grocery-getter, office-driver, or an undercover pimp-mobile.
Despite being 21 years old (a year older than me, even) it doesn't feel it. VW really made these cars to last and it shows: mine is a very original car.
The doors "clunk" reassuringly, panels well fitted and the metallic gold (yes, very retro) paint has stood the test of time (even though the bonnet looks "ghetto" to say the least.
The cream Karmann-fitted hood is snug with no leaks or tears, so it's a comfortable ride, come rain or shine. Easy to use, too- who needs a power hood when you got hands?!
The quality of the bodywork is amazing. All the original manufacturer labels etc are still present. No rust or panel gaps.
It's a nice car to drive, and the 1.6 (carburettor) engine can be great fun, with the right driver. Very reliable engine that with proper maintainence (no cheap stuff) will go on for ages to come, despite the above-mentioned idiosyncracies. Runs perfectly on unleaded fuel too.
Impressive fuel economy, too for an old carb engine... German efficiency!
Very strong heater, but no dual-zone climate control in here- enjoy the fresh (smoggy) air of South London!
Comfortable and durable interior, still feels fresh. Does have a tachometer though and bizarely enough, you can vary the brightness of the dashboard cluster! (Why the hell would you wanna do that anyway?!)
The 5-speed manual transmission is slick and pleasant to use although the clutch may feel "hard" for some. Way better than many cars of this age.
Even today, this car has a certain cachet and is certainly something different to the bland and rather plasticky vehicles of today (hint, hint- Toyota, Honda). Needs very little maintainance and genuine parts are generally cheap.
Future plans include fitting a set of flashy, drug-dealeresque 15s/16s with low-profiles, clear light-lenses and the usual small repairs.
So, if you ever feel like letting your hair loose in the wind on those beautiful summer days (or getting it soaking wet in the rain), but don't want to break the bank... go for one!