1989 Volkswagen Jetta Carat 1.8L 4 cylinder from North America


Great car, cheap on gas


The oil pump died. Costly to repair.

The radio had a secret code, and after the battery was replaced the radio turned off, and in order to get the code back, I must send it into the manufacturer, and to do that it would be cheaper to just buy a new radio.

Needed 3 new tires when I bought it.

Everything else seems to be solid on the car.

General Comments:

Amazing car. I was looking for something small, cheap on gas, and still have it look cool. The Jetta covers all of this. Not to mention it has power locks, windows, mirrors, and a sunroof. The car is very peppy, it can certainly pass other cars on the road with ease.

The engine sounds absolutely perfect after 300 000km. The clutch is beginning to slip, but I'll worry about that when it comes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2002

9th Sep 2004, 22:46

With respect to the radio code... I had the same thing happen on my Mazda when I changed the battery. As I'd bought the car used, I didn't know what code was currently programmed in. I went to the dealer who got the radio restarted with their secret "universal?" code. Then I was able to change it to my own code which I can re-enter if the battery is disconnected again.

1989 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8L from North America


Great, low maintenance commuter car


Had to replace the fuel pump.

The throttle sensor is faulty.

General Comments:

This is my 3rd car and 3rd VW. I am very happy with it overall. Even though the car is now 13 years old, it is in good driving condition. The engine runs a little rough and sometimes revs while idle. This is because of the throttle sensor, which I need to replace. The clutch is still the original one and will probably have to be replaced soon.

This car handles exceptionally well! I love driving in and out of traffic with this car. The engine has decent torque and enough power to climb steep hills in higher gears. The interior is simple and the seats are comfortable. I do wish this car had a cup holder, or at least a place to install a 3rd party one! That's been a nuisance. Aside from the fuel pump, this car has not given me any major trouble in the time I've owned it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2002

1989 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 1.8 litre 16v 4 cylinder from North America


A somewhat expensive car, with nice seats and some punch


My alternator went at 280000Km, which isn't too bad for a stock factory alternator.

My muffler went, so I fixed that with flow-master.

Had engine swap at 270000Km, for another 1.8 Litre 16V 4 cylinder with only 12000Km on it.

Clutch worn to nothing at 276000Km, but for factory clutch, I would think that is expected.

Emergency brake doesn't work, but I can fix that.

Bad tinting??

General Comments:

I like this car... a lot, I like it a lot.

This thing waffled my little 1992 Civic owned by a grandma with 70000 KM on it.

My car is lowered roughly 3 inches and I have never been so amazed by a car's handling.

I have beaten a 5.0 litre mustang with this car. My plans for it are to get a K&M Air Filter and a supercharger. I am gonna suck the life out of this car.

Car is Nitrous Oxide ready (unlike some stock Civic I saw tearing around with Nitrous Oxide) I have the proper pistons, and basic engine components, all I need is the tank, so far I have been afraid to touch it...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2002

28th Dec 2006, 12:47

I'd leave the car as it is because I think the life is already about sucked out of it now, don't expect more.

1989 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 1.8L 16v from North America


A speedy commuter car


When I bought the car, the valve cover gasket was blown, there was a coolant leak, the clutch was worn out, the brakes were also worn out, there was a huge hole in the resonator section of the exhaust, AND... the sunroof leaked.

General Comments:

This car is AWESOME! I've never driven anything quite like it before. It has the perfect amount of power, and it handles like a dream. Operating costs are low too. The 16v engine is very efficient and provides that extra punch when you need to pass someone on the highway. I wish the previous owner had cared for it like I do...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2002