1996 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 from North America
I love my car
I had trouble with the electrical system. I have had to replace the window motor several times (although only one window was more than once).
The automatic locking system was repaired once or twice.
My trunk locking mechanism screwed up and I had to have it RE-KEYED. Major frustration, because now I have to have two keys (one for the doors and one for the trunk).
My check engine light comes on, often; mostly it's a misfire. Seems to happen a lot after it rains.??
There is a mild "tire noise". No one can figure it out; but when I put different size tires than it came with, the road was greatly reduced. Then when I put spec tires back now, the noise is back!
Overall, this car is is fast and handles very sharply and quick response. It still drives like a new car. Many people who drive my car are impressed with it and they can't believe it's over 10 years old.
I have used synthetic oil from the beginning, I think that it made a difference. Runs clean and engine doesn't knock and the oil is never dirty.
I have heard a lot of negative remarks on this site about my car and I don't agree. Although it has had electrical problems (that are EXTREMELY aggravating) it doesn't change how the car performs! I love my car. and I'd buy a new one in a heartbeat! I have to wait until it dies, but I don't think that's gonna happen any time soon.
So, overall, this car has some electrical bugs (which I read about when I bought it) but it's a great car!
IF I were to sell this car with 113,000 miles on it, someone would be getting a car that runs like new. Unfortunately, I am not selling; looks like my daughter (9) will drive this when she gets her license.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th April, 2007