I bought one used from a private sale. It had 100 thousand miles on it when purchased. It had over 200K miles on it before we turned it in. The cost of the repairs were worth more than the car when we replaced it. The ride was very smooth, as you could ride the highway in third gear and not realize it. Only major repairs we needed to do was for brakes and muffler. This was the first Jetta I owned and made me a huge fan of Volkswagens. It made a great family car. Due to its size, was able to park in the school's parking lot very easily amongst all the minivans and SUVs.
Awesome trunk space. Comfortable seating for my height (5'4") and spouse's (6'3"). Great family car.
Before we replaced this vehicle, door handles snapped off and had to be replaced. That's something that is cheap to fix and I could do myself. Windows also fell off track and had to be fixed.