I had to replace a break line because it rusted through.
I replaced the radiator because it started leaking.
I replaced the lower front ball joints bceause they were worn out.
Front driver seat back support has an internal problem.
I replaced other parts over the years which I consider normal maintenance, such as shocks, brake pads, drive belts and exhaust system.
I have thoroughly enjoyed owning this car.
Before owning this Jetta, I owned a 1981 VW Rabbit LS diesel which had 642000 km on it when I finally had to put it to pasture. The Rabbit was an extremely simple, durable vehicle and I found the Jetta to be a worthy successor.
The thing I like most about this car is the 1.6 non-turbo diesel engine. Like the 1.6 that was in my Rabbit, it has performed with a high degree of reliability and economy over the years, with only regular and consistent maintenance.
Although some may complain about the performance of this motor, I found it to be adequate when mated to the five speed gear box. Although only rated at 52 horsepower, the engine has enough torque for me to pull a 4x8 utility trailer.
Other points I like about this car is its' cavernous trunk, good handling characteristics and its' overall styling.
Can I recommend this car? Absolutely. Before buying one, I recommend you take someone with you to view the car who has an understanding of these cars and what to look out for. For example, black scum in the expansion bottle can indicate a failing head gasket or cracked cylinder head, both potentially expensive repairs.