1981 Volkswagen Jetta GLX 1.7L from North America
A good economy car
Differential failed at 89000kms.
Rear wheel bearings failed at 102000kms.
Seats are badly worn.
Severe rust in fenders and radiator support.
Water leak in trunk.
Rear struts are showing signs of failure.
Rear spring broken.
Rear brake cylinder seized at 110000kms.
Water leaks from around the windshield right on to the fuse box, causing electrical chaos.
The Jetta seems to be a well made vehicle in its day, but time has taken its toll on the little beater. I like the way the car drives and performs, it is a great run about type of car. I think that it would be better with a manual transmission though, the engine revs pretty high on the highway. I would buy another Jetta, but I would go for something alittle newer like an '86 or '87, preferably with a diesel and standard transmission.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th February, 2003