1989 Volkswagen Jetta TX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Dull, but had its moments
Alternator + battery.
Pretty much the entire brakes + suspension parts replaced over the years I had it.
Various electrical gremlins.
Rear window winder broke off.
One of my first cars, and being an 80's Volkswagen, it was reliable enough, despite the problems above; it never broke down on me or gave me too much trouble.
Very dull interior, but was comfortable despite the basic specification, meaning no electrics or luxuries. I thought it was pretty poorly equipped even for an 80's car. Looked decent on the outside though with the alloy wheels I put on it, and the red paintwork was pretty unmarked.
Not bad to drive, but also nothing exciting; the 1.6 accelerated adequately, but was by no means fast. Economy averaged well over 30 MPG; not great by today's standards, but acceptable back then.
Not much more to say about it, just fond memories of one of my first cars, a solid entry level VeeDub. Sold back in 2005 with over 130K miles on it; doubt it's still going, but who knows.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2017