by shamarcus on Jul 6, 2007 Vehicle: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2dr Coupe
Since this was my first car, I am a little biased toward the Jetta. I will try to base my review on my feelings during the early years of ownership when I was in college. The car was FUN - GREAT TO DRIVE. I had the 5sp manual. It had great torque for a 1.8L engine. Fuel economy averaged 24mpg/29mpg. I drove my car hard from day one like a young mad man. I bought it with ~97k miles and donated it with ~183k miles on Dec 2005. I was sad to let her go. The engine was bulletproof. I was hard on wear and tear parts such as brakes and suspension because I drove hard. Considering the hard life up to 150k miles the car was reliable. Previous owner took car of all of the early bugs.
by vdubster on May 23, 2005 Vehicle: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2dr Coupe
I bought my car for $1,200 w/108,000 miles on it, and it runs great. I have 2 1/4 catback exaust, cold air intake, racing seats, short shifter, grant steering wheel, but that's about it. I finish a 1/4 mile at about 85-90 mph, its ok .
by ratman on Sep 28, 2003 Vehicle: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2dr Coupe
Got the car with 135k on it. Now its
got 165k. It has got me threw
highschool and now i'm starting
college and it is still going. Its
burning a little oil and the tranny
leaks out a quart every 1000 miles and
it only holds 2 quarts. I ran it dri
before i figured out this and it
started sounding like a space ship but
it lived. It does pretty good off
road for fwd. She look preety bad
but I don't care. Ran over a
ciderblock once and nothing broke
except my exhaust spring clamp. No
rust under the vehicle and shes been
threw lots of PA and NJ winters. Also
it has a truck bed for a trunk. For
such a small car the trunk is huge.
by J Tweezy on Jul 10, 2002 Vehicle: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2dr Coupe
I was looking for something that was
cheap, reliable. It's not the best
looking car, but man does it run. Not
one problem starting it, not one
problem running it. The muffler ran
out, but mufflers go on cars. It's
been getting me over 33 mpg on the
highway, and 26 in rush hour suburb
driving. I just want it to last me a
few years until I graduate school, and
with no problems and lots of fun
driving in it, I have no doubt that it
will. It's a 1990, and it runs like
my '99 used to (minus the good looks).
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