1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0 from North America
Sporty and refined, if not a bit much to maintain
Cruise Control functioned intermittently, and eventually stopped working altogether.
Driver's seat sagging on left.
Driver's side rear window will not function.
Engine feels a little choppy (needs a tune up, haven't gotten around to it.)
Headlight switch fried, had replaced.
The clear coat has begun to peel and looks absolutely horrible.
Check Engine light came on about 5000 miles. after purchase from previous owner, no idea what caused it.
AC/Heat controls light bulb was burnt out @ time of purchase, replaced for 2 bucks. (Dealer wanted 90$ for labor)
Despite the condition of the interior (dirtier than any car I've owned) and the slightly iffy exterior (clear coat), I bought my car for $3500 in the hopes that I wouldn't have to do much for upkeep.
It has nice acceleration, but not nearly as fast as my 86 Accord LXi. Its handling is way better than any car I've driven, and I drive turns and corners like a madman. Also, great mpg for a sporty car, averaging out between 22 and 29 mpg (city & highway).
The interior dirties very easily, and I haven't had the time to clean it up. The driver's seat sags on the left side, causing me to lean a bit to the right intentionally to correct it, making for a very uncomfortable ride.
The sound system that came with it was amazing. I replaced the stock head unit with a JVC, and the two mid-levels with 2-way pioneers. Still needs some improvement though.
I would recommend a Jetta to anyone who wants economy and speed. Sure, it's not blazingly fast, but it's faster than a lot of the economy cars out there. Unlike my Maxima (86), my Accord (86), and my mother's Volvo (90), this car has yet to leave me stranded. I hope this luck of mine continues, knock on wood.
BTW - I have seen the trouble with the side moldings falling off, but mine are in perfect shape, no sign of peeling. Again, knock on wood.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st September, 2004
22nd Mar 2006, 18:44
Well, I've had my Jetta for about 8 weeks and I have never experienced a ride like this before. I've driven Honda and GM (both standard) and it's unbelievable. Also it has very low mileage for a '95 (74000). Very economic for a sporty car. What I find is that it seems to burn gas a lot faster on the highway and more economic for city driving. The best thing is that my dad is a mechanic and I don't have to hassle myself to maintain it. I would definitely tell my friends about Volkswagen.. VERY FUN TO DRIVE.