1986 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1986 Volkswagen Jetta from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired350000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

With a little love they are great cars

Faults:

Everything was wrong with this car. it was abused. I paid $300 Canadian for it. I sunk in another $1000 and almost a year of work,New front trans axle, new rear seat, new paint, etc, and a complete overhaul of the engine.

General Comments:

I Bought this car to work on it. It was the best $1300 I ever spent. I had fun fixing it and I love driving it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2003

1986 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.6 diesel from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Buy It

Faults:

A two dollar shift linkage.

Volkswagen door handles.

General Comments:

I have owned several diesels and cannot endorse these old cars enough.

If you need a cheap to buy, own, and operate car you will not find a better choice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2003

1986 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance242000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Nice commuter car

Faults:

Compared to my other cars, the Jetta was very hard on brakes; I warped 4 rotors in the course of owning it and rarely did OE pads last longer than about 20,000 miles.

The OE exhausts only lasted one or two years before rotting out.

The car consumed electrical components at an alarming rate; 3 idle control valves, 6 oil pressure switches, 2 radiator fan switches, a resistor pack, both the turn signal and wiper stalk contacts, and an ECU.

One of the lower A-arms broke shortly after I bought the car.

The head gasket failed at around 241,000 miles.

The clutch cable broke at 191,000 miles.

General Comments:

The Jetta GL made a solid commuter car. While it rarely left you stranded, it also rarely didn't have one or two nagging problems going on.

The car felt much peppier than its 85 horsepower rating.

It handled well and was very stable at highway speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th April, 2003

1986 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 miles
Most recent distance234000 miles

Summary:

This car is a wonderfully built machine

Faults:

A/C switch had only one speed, as the fuse was faulty.

Sunroof leaks a little water in heavy rain.

Oil leaked in multiple places.

General Comments:

This car is quick and makes city driving a breeze.

The dealership replaced the defective A/C switch after we paid for it the first time - free of charge on both parts and labor, giving Volkswagen wonderful customer service.

The heating and cooling systems are magnificently made, as this car can heat up and cool down in a very short time period.

The trunk on this car is very spacious; surprising amount of space for such a small car.

Everything is easy to replace.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2003

1986 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Scirocco

Summary:

An affordable long-term car

Faults:

The first things that went out were the master cylinder, and the timing belt. I've owned this car for over five years and have replaced the clutch and flywheel twice. Also, the strut shocks don't last more than 2 1/2 years.

General Comments:

Along with the very good handling, the basic drive train of this car has held up for years, and it still doesn't burn oil! The odometer doesn't work, but I'm sure I have well over 200,000 on it. Except for the occasional repairs, the car has held up well, gets great gas mileage, and is fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2002

20th Apr 2005, 18:18

You must be hard on the clutch or something. I bought my 1986 Jetta GL new in 86 and replaced the clutch for the first time last year.

1986 Volkswagen Jetta GL Wolfsburg Ed. 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired187000 miles
Most recent distance204000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Rabbit

Summary:

I love Volkswagens

Faults:

Struts were shot when I got the car, so I replaced them.

New wheel bearings all around (the weren't bad, just preventative maintenence.)

Clutch just went (204000 miles.)

Spindle snapped @ 199000miles, replaced.

Pedal bracket cracked which left me without the use of the clutch, previous owners fault...

General Comments:

The car is fantastic, I love the car like an addiction. I don't know why I love these cars so much, its quick and handles like its on rails. 32 miles per gallon combined city/highway. The only bad things about these cars is parts are expensive, you can get good deals especially if you are buddy-buddy with the service dept. at the dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2002

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 24 reviews