1989 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8L from Mexico
Reliable German transportation
Regular wear and tear, air conditioner hose went out when temperatures hit 100 degrees, hose got cracked, not a big problem, replaced it.
Brake pads are a little weak, but I'm blaming this issue on the previous owner.
I had to replace the struts when I first bought it, in fact the whole front suspension had to be replaced, including ball joints and strut bases. Again blaming it on the last owner.
The plastics inside the car are not that good, but can you expect, it's an economic car.
I had a lot of trouble finding the right mechanic for tuning up the engine, if you need to do maintenance job on this car, you need a good Volkswagen specialist.
I love the acceleration on this baby. At first I doubted the performance and such a small SOCH 1.8L engine, but those Germans engineers made it work.
Clutch works fine, it started to slip a couple of weeks ago, but it went away, now working fine.
Handles very well on corners, (with proper tire size 185 60r13) wide for better handling.
I really like the fact that the car is very stable in idle, the tachometer doesn't even move or stutter!!! Feels as if the engine was off, very quiet.
It has very good gas mileage. I would estimate at least 25mpg or more.
Made a recent trip about 160 miles away. Excellent acceleration when I needed to pass other cars.
Comfy seats. But seat belts aren't that great.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th August, 2006