1989 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8 SOHC from North America
A fun, reliable, and economical car that keeps growing on me
Struts/shocks, ball joints, water pump, alternator, heater blower, o-ring in the in-tank pump sending unit, odometer, A/C. Basically things that you would expect to wear out in a 20+ year-old, 150k+ mile car.
The engine drinks a little oil, but still runs well.
I bought the car for $600, knowing it needed some work (the prior owner had neglected it). It did, but the parts have been very cheap, and it's easy to work on. The odometer was broken when I got it, and I'm pretty sure the car has a lot more miles than indicated. I get between 31 and 39MPG on the highway at 60mph, depending on the time of year.
It handles well, and is very reliable (just watch out for that o-ring in the in-tank fuel pump spring-loaded sending part -- if you hear whining, this is one thing that is often overlooked). It responds well to general maintenance (especially keeping the throttle body and idle air control valve clean).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd March, 2015