I was inspired to write this review for the simple fact that the page says 22 mpg. That's impossible, I owned this car for 5 years and only once got below 24 mpg, usually more like 29 mpg, best I ever got was 41 mpg for a tank! Beyond that the car is fun to drive (I had manual GLi 16V), but has typical VW issues like the doors not working (they can be fixed), windshield wipers with mind of their own, and other electrical issues.
I loved and miss dearly my Recaro seats, sunroof, outside temp guage, trip timer, mileage calculator etc. I also miss the fun driving and great mileage.
Muffler hooks constantly break, eventually ending in expensive ($600) muffler replacements, fuel pump/fuel filter, door handles, windshield wipers, and all things electrical.
This car needed some TLC when I bought
it. The drivers side seat belt ignition
switch was starting to go bad. I
decided to by-pass the system by
cutting the wire that goes from the
seat belt switch. I then connected the
two wires leading away from the switch
and pushed the wires back into the
door. I've also replaced the coolant
temp. sensor, a few vacuum hoses, one
door handle and the engine knock
sensor. The automatic transmition
torque converter seal was leaking. I
took the transmition out and put a new
seal on it. Don't buy one of these cars
if you can't fix them yourself.
I bought this VW from an Auction.
After no more than 2 days, the
trasmission it started to leak fluid,
the mechanic charged me $400 to fix a
bad seal. Than after anoter 2 days,
the Automatic Trans. start slipping
with a weird noise, now I have to
rebuild the trans. which will cost
$1500, and this car has only 81,000
Miles. and 3 owners before me. I
wounder what else will go bad with