I bought this car back in 2004 with 185,000 for $250. It needed timing belt, tune up (park pugs, wires, dist. Cap, belts and filters, rear shocks and brakes). The car looked in good shape no rust, interior was perfect, & the privious owner had just replaced the the muffler & tires. A close friend happens to be a master VW mechanic so all parts and labor only cost me $750. For $1000 dollars I figured the car could laet another 2 years. To my surprise it ran very good, fast, economic, & fun to drive. After 5 years I put more $$ into it: new starter, radiator, rotors & pads, muffler, & master cylinder ($880 parts & labor). It still running strong today 23, ooo miles. Oil change done every 3,000 miles
Fast for a small engine, economic fun to drive and well built.
Tight interior, parts are expensive. I'm lucky to have a friend to hook me with rebuilt parts and brand new parts I get them below cost, & he charges me close to nothing for labor. Some people give up on this cars because it is hard to find a good vw mechanic, & parts a very expensive.