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.
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.