This car runs superbly. Changed the head gasket at 330K and it was still in excellent shape internally, also changed the clutch in 2010. Good get up and go and gets 1000 km per 50 litre tank on the highway (20km/litre), 17km/litre in the city. Parts are still readily available. Good for another 10 years.
1.6TD acceleration, central locking, hole in back seat for skiis or lumber.
This diesel has been great. i bought
it with 119k and now have 146K and its
still runs very strong and rteturns
45+ mpg on every tank. i have had a
few routine problems such as a hole in
the exhaust, some bad v belts, and bad
front berrings. however, given the
milage these problems are minor. i
have recently come back from a cross
country trip and averaged over 47 mpg
at 65-70mph. yes this car is slow but
it will eventually reach highway
speeds. overall i love this car,
becuase it very cheep to run and
insure and when going down steep hills
in neutral it will accelerate quite
upright driving position, huge trunk,
great milage, paint still shines even
after 14 NY winters, engine will
probably outlast me
door handles especially in the rear
tend to be stubborn, more power!!!!!!!
Overall my little Diesel Jetta GL was
wonderful to me. I drove it, and drove
it and drove it and it just kept on
truckin. Gas mielage is out of this
world and so is the heat it can pump
out. I did have to replace two door
handles. Aside for those and the glow
plugs once I really didn't have any
trouble with it. When I did I always
had a heart attack, expecting the
worst and it was always just a fuse!
I'm serious people- fuses were the
number one problem I had with that
car. It was always groovy though
because I don't mind twelve dollar
repair bills. VW's rock and the
diesels are rocks!
HEAT, HEAT, HEAT!!! I'm such an ice
cube in the winter and that thing kept
me SOOOOOOOO warm. It was awesome. The
trunk is HUGE, never a lack of space
for my road trips. Gas mielage of
course. Also very roomy inside, people
in the back seat were always comfy.
Door handles definately need improved,
and being a diesel it wasn't the
fastest thing but it always got me
where I was going. The plastic trim on
the car wasn't attached very well. VW
should have used fake nail glue, that
stuff holds anything!
I have owned four or five VW diesels,
all were/are impressive. Though the 91
Jetta has required more attention than
the 84 I owned (starter rebuilt twice,
alternator rebuilt once), the engine is
mighty fine, the clutch is tight and
the transmission has always shifted
with minimal effort. I can load the
car mercilessly and head off on
vacation and get 45 mpg. I've only put
about 100K on this car, but that's
because I own too many cars. The VW
will remain in the stable for years to
come. I really like the car.
Reliable diesel engine, (though it
could definitely benefit from a turbo),
great clutch and transmission, LARGE
trunk, cold AC, edifying interior,
Door latches seem to be a problem,
and the engine could really use a
turbo. Also, the road/engine noise is
annoying at high speeds, but not
intolerable. And, there are some
annoying electrical problems, which I
usually fix myself.
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