"I bought this car in 2003 and it had 88,000 on it at that point. Now has about 119,000. The only problems I've had with it were that the paint faded on the roof and trunk, and the oil light kept dinging even though I had just gotten the oil changed (wiring issue), plus slight oil leakage. . Not the best car for long trips; it's loud and sometimes the AC doesn't compensate enough for being in the sun that long. I haven't been the best owner, but overall it's been quite reliable."
"I found a great mechanic (I bought the car with a known fuel 'leak' problem that turned out to be relatively simple to fix.
Mechanic explained that these cars need a 'makeover' around 100.000 miles and then they are good to go again.
Gutsy, handles Parley's Canyon like a walk in the park (slows a little near the top, but hey, who doesn't?)
Manual trans, manual windows. I made trips regularly to Calif and back without a problem. Some oil leakage, again minor problem (hoses).
Clutch replacement is about par for cost. Avg mpg: 30 (about 35 hiway).
Not the most current styling and because of all the long distance driving (I am pretty hard core, do not get out of the car much once in it), the comfort can be compromised.
Now have about 175,000 miles on it: put on over 50,000 since I purchased 11/05.
Don't wanna replace her, she is just too good!"
"My 1994 Jetta is a solid automobile. It was slightly neglected when I purchased it but I fixed most everything on it myself. These make very fun project cars, but unless they are serviced regularly and TRULY CARED FOR, they can be very costly to fix. Most good mechanics that know and work on these cars are hard to find and hard to pay. But if you can find a car that has been serviced regularly or if you can perform the work yourself, they are worth every penny. And boy does it fly for 30+ MPG!"