1988 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

1988 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 injection gasoline from Sweden

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

1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16v from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Old school fun

Faults:

Speedo cable went bad.

Exhaust hangers went bad.

All cheap fixes. Nothing much so far.

General Comments:

Fun car to drive! The mk2 VW's are the best built and most fun out of all VW's made.

The Jetta GLI 16v is the best equipped model. Power windows, locks and a bigger engine. The quality's not that bad for 80's. It's 2011 and the car has held up very well. Don't be fooled.

Performance wise the car is a dream. It's not the fastest thing on the road in a straight line. It really shines on the back roads! It's light and easy to drive fast with no hint of being out of control. The brakes work well, with 4 wheel disk brakes all around. Most cars will not be able to keep up with you on back roads. It will put a smile on your face from ear to ear.

Modifying is very popular with VW's, and the mk2 is no exception. Suspension, brakes, engine and styling. A very fun hobby car.

They're getting old and harder to find nowadays. The price seems to be going up with them too. They're easy to work on yourself, and parts are cheap if you shop online or go to the wrecking yards. It's a VW and will break down; just prepare for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2011

1988 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8L gasoline from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8L gasoline Manual
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired163000 miles
Most recent distance163000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Venture

Summary:

I'll be happier when I get it back from garage

Faults:

A lot is wrong with this car, but the previous owner was fixing it up when I bought it. I paid $700 US dollars for this car, and I have already put $1500 US dollars into it to get it fixed. Why? Well, let me just give you a short list of what's wrong and then I'll continue.

Mileage in excess of odometers mechanical limits.

Cracked axle.

Bearings cracked.

CV boots rotted.

All radiator hoses rotted.

Radiator blew up at garage.

All rubber rotted on outside.

Door handles don't work.

No radio or speakers.

That little piece of carpet behind the back seat was gone.

No shifter boot.

But the man who sold it to me still was able to drive 15 miles to my home in Arizona on a night when it was 108 degrees Fahrenheit with an emergency tire on it, and he made it in one piece. That is how I know this car will be reliable when I get it out of the shop.

General Comments:

I know that when this car is working properly again, that it will last me a long time. I am going on disability and I won't be able to afford another car.

It's very rough looking, but I think it will be an angel in disguise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2008

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 12 reviews