1989 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8L from North America


Took a licking and kept on ticking


Standard maintenance issues for it's age, such as alternator, starter, battery, etc..

Windshield wipers don't work, along with the sprayer.

Rear defrost doesn't work.

Dash lights are super dim and yes I have tried the adjuster switch and that is not the problem.

Dome light doesn't work.

A/C /heater fan makes an awful racket and doesn't work right.

Clutch is starting to go now.

General Comments:

Will get up and boogie if it needs to.

Not very good on cornering, but will hold it's own on the highway.

Never had a problem with the engine, I think it would run forever if put into another car.

It has been in a few accidents and I am surprised it is still with us, but I am moving on to something newer.

Cabin is cramped, but the trunk space is OK.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2008

1989 Volkswagen Jetta N/A 1.8 Gas from North America


A good quality, nice car to drive


Considering how old this car was when I got it, there were things that went on it over the course of the time that I owned it.

It needed a new starter, alternator, and some other things that I can't remember.

It seemed like something would happen once or twice a year would need to be fixed at around $500. All those parts were original and considering how old the car was, it is pretty amazing that it all lasted that long.

General Comments:

The car was roomy for it's size and had a large trunk. When I sold it recently, the interior was in perfect condition except for the e-brake boot cover.

For the time that I had it, I didn't have to anything to the engine or transmission except for regular maintenance. When I sold the car, the engine and transmission still ran pretty well.

I don't think that anyone can really complain about the car now, considering how old it is now, anything can happen to the car. My mechanic said that particular year is one of the best that Volkswagen made. In recent years the quality of their cars have decreased, but they are still pretty decent cars compared to the domestic cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2007

1989 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8 from North America


So much fun to drive


Transmission leaked oil at 250 000.

Water pump bearing fried at 250 000.

Clutch cable snapped at 270 000.

Water temp. gauge didn't work.

Power steering pump died at 260 000.

Muffler needed to be replaced at 260 000.

Passenger door handle came out.

Couldn't unlock back doors in cold weather.

Park break sticky, and then cable snapped.

Engine would idle really high when car was half warmed up.

Then finally front left break was stuck on, then I got rid of it.

General Comments:

This car still had impressive performance for such a small engine. I could pick up speed and pass people with ease! It was a very fun car to drive. Could make corners quickly.

Body was still in excellent shape with minimal rust. interior of the wolfsburg was very nice.

All in All, even though this car had many repairs in the one year I owned it, I still think it was a great car. It had amazing mileage, I could go up to 800km/tank. This car was also a lot of fun to drive, and could easily park any were. I would definitely buy another Volkswagen. I understand that this was an old car, and I have no idea what the previous owner did with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2007

1989 Volkswagen Jetta GL Wolfsburg Edition from North America


A reliable, Fun, Unique, and rewarding car to have for people who commute from point A to point B


Transmission recently needed to be replaced because of a flaw in the original design. They used rivets instead of bolts which came lose.

It wouldn't start one day, but ever since then turns on fine.

Oil filter blew once and needed to be changed.

Handles needed to be replaced at 120000 miles.

CV shaft needed replacing at about 140000 miles.

General Comments:

Sometimes the computer can't control the idle on cold mornings (extremely high for a few seconds more than normal then goes to idle)

General wear and tear on the interior.

Glue that is used in the interior is of overall poor quality.

Very good pick up and handling is great.

Can fit into the smallest of compact parking spots.

Great turning radius.

Very Unique European interior. Awesome space and good windows.

Can go with you anywhere and has a great gas mileage.

Find a mechanic who specializes in Volkswagon or European Cars they now this car inside and out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2006