1988 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1988 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 8v gasoline from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 8v gasoline Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired301320 miles
Most recent distance313000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Mk2 Jettas and Golfs are awesome

Faults:

$6.00 coolant hose flange.

$8.00 thermostat.

General Comments:

I absolutely love it, but I do have a thing for Volkswagens. I bought the car despite it having a confirmed 300k on the odometer. The owner seemed very meticulous with it, and when I drove the car, it drove like it was nearly new. Everyone else that has driven the car says the same thing. Since I've had it, I've driven it to 8 different states on numerous trips.

Even at 100mph (no joke, I made it 300 miles in about 3 1/4 hours) with the trunk and back seat full, it got 30mpg.

Performance is decent from the 1.8, could be faster, but it does alright for me. It stops on a dime, the A/C is ice cold, and I'll be very shocked if I don't see 400k roll over the odometer.

It's by far my favorite of the watercooled VWs I have owned.

I only paid $1100 for it, and I've had to put less than $20 into repairs on a 300k car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2008

1988 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

My Little $1000 Mexican Maybach - well almost!

Faults:

Nothing except for normal wear & tear items, exhaust, tires etc.

General Comments:

The vehicle was great from day one. Nice ride, decent power, exceptional handling. Excellent reliability.

Even though it was 11-years-old when I bought it (and had approx. 80k miles), the paint was like new and the body was rust-free. The interior of the car was beautiful too. It was manufactured in Mexico, so it has the "fuzzy-cloth" interior. It still looked new!

I found that the combination or German engineering aand Mexican assembly worked well, as the fit and finish were as good if not better as any small car of its time, and on par with many much more expensive makes.

For a little car, it was very smooth and quiet. The 1.8 liter engine and 3 speed automatic transmission worked in fine harmony and returned 25 mpg or more in the process.

The stereo system provide fine sound, and everything on the vehicle worked.

Not bad for a car that cost me nearly $400,000 less than a Maybach.

When I decided to sell it, I just put for sale signs on the windows and parked it out front. In less than a day I got a call from a neighbor who bought it on the spot.

This little metallic gray Mexican Jetta was a very nice little car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2005

1988 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 Gasoline from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Gasoline Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired126800 miles
Most recent distance127300 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Definitely a keeper

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car. It wasn't used a lot in the past few months before I got it, but it starts right up and drives like a dream. It is very smooth, and the car has a lot of oomph for only having 100 hp.

Certain common Jetta/Golf specific problems are present, but none of them are major and none affect the car's drivability:

A sagging headliner (endemic to these cars, especially with a sunroof)

Left front wheel bearing on the way out.

Power window switch is faulty on one side.

Vacuum operated power door locks are temperamental.

General Comments:

Other than these issues, which require a little bit of work to fix (I do most of my own work so it's more of a hobby than a chore), the car is in mint condition. I love this car, I got it for only $700 which was truly a steal.

These older Volkswagens are what the current VWs should be modeled after - they are so solid and reliable. If you treat these cars right they will run forever, and 99% of the other reviews on this site of the 1985-1992 Jetta/Golf models will prove it.

These cars are easy to work on, parts are pretty easy to find, but most of all, they are a kick to drive. Sure, you can drive a worry free Honda/Toyota, but it will not be nearly as fun to drive or have as much personality as a VW - GUARANTEED. I love my VW, and I will probably own one as long as I live.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2004

2nd Nov 2004, 12:54

I should add that when I wrote this post, for some reason, the car was listed as a 1987. Correction: it is a 1988.

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