The tracks on the sunroof are broken, the entire rack must be replaced, the part alone is about $500.
Cooling system had a leak which fried the distributor causing the car to stall in hot weather, this cost about $300 in parts to fix.
A/C compressor went out, a new part is about $400, a rebuilt one is about $200, also the blower only works on the highest setting.
A new fuel pump and filter were needed, about $400.
First off I picked this car up CHEAP!
The previous owners had only fixed what absolutely need to be fixed, (brakes, clutch, oil changes etc...) and blamed the car for being a piece of junk, they could not believe that I wanted it.
I must say that any car that is as neglected as this one was is bound to have problems, it's not the cars fault, it's the owners! Anyway...
I can't begin to explain the amazing amount of neglect this car had lived through. To me the fact that it ran at all was a testament to the durability of the car.
As you can see I had to put about $1500 in to this car to get it to run right, but I did, and now it runs great!
I also installed an Autotech computer upgrade, a K&N air filter, and a new free flow exhaust, now it runs better than any car I have ever driven!
This is a great car for just about any one. Stock it has enough power to make sure you can pass that annoying truck on the highway, but not so much that you kids will be borrowing it for the Saturday night drags. Although if that is what you are looking for, with a few simple modifications it can hang with the best of the 4 cylinder cars (and many 6s) out there.
If rear legroom is a concern, you may want to think about a Passat. Also this model year only comes with light colored interiors, if you have kids, or are messy yourself, you may want to look at something else, or make friends with a good detail shop.
Cornering, acceleration, stopping, and turning radius are all excellent!
I may never own any other type of car!
I recommend it highly!!!