pretty sure the bubble dash only came in the cabrio.
I have a '93 Jetta. It has the bubble dash and all that early sh!t in it..... But why is it that when I go to the junkyard i see other '93s but no bubble dash, but with early steering wheels or no door latched seatbelts? I also have a buddy with a '94 that has early seats, seatbelts, but no bubble dash, but has an early steering wheel and glovebox. His car was bought unmolested from an older couple, so the the idea of someone swapping the parts is out.. Just looking for some info on what came with what on early MK3's... I thought i knew, but I guess i was wrong.
The only interior I have ever seen in the 93 was that weird curved dash. Probably the one you have, and with the door seat belts. When in 93 was your car built? The early ones had your interior. Closer to 94 had the regular "square" dash. If that makes any sense
Many/most 93 Jettas had early dashes, but not necessarily all of them did. Same goes for the automatic seatbelts.
Mk3s were very diverse in their interiors throughout the generation - upper glovebox/lower glovebox/no glovebox is another one. There's a few different center consoles out there. The nice thing is everything is compatible with pretty much everything else.
I transplanted an early dash from a 93 Jetta into my GTI. I love it. Others have done this as well.
WTB: late mk3 front "GTI" emblem in red. PM me with a pic.
All Jettas had bubble dash in 93/most of if not all of 94. Golfs had the "normal" dash. All cars after 1990 needed some kind of passive restraint in the USA... VW didn't offer airbags on the Mk3s right away, so they got door belts instead. If it has airbags, it does not have door belts. if it was sold in Canada, it could have come without both (no SRS law up there then).
VW is a giant company. They don't do things half assed, and the workers on the line don't just install what they feel like on that day. Yes, some things are oddly split up, but (with a few certain notable exceptions) everything is identified down to the VIN what it came in.
Also, people are dumb. No offense but the date on the door jamb doesn't directly corrospond to the model year. SO if it says 8/94, for example, that makes it a 95, and different parts apply. VW uses the serial numbers (last 6 of the VIN) to identify what parts go to what range of cars.
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Thanks for the info guys, that explains the differences I have seen between Jetta and Golfs. I do know and understand the whole vin and date on the door jamb. Just needed that little extra info to piece it all together. My buddy has an early '94 Golf and my Jetta is an early '93. Thanks for the info, really helpful.
Last edited by LilHearst; 06-22-2012 at 10:42 PM.
In case you didn't get the sarcasm M-R025321 (10/93). That's the last Jetta with a "bubble" dash. R is 1994. So a few did sneak out as 1994 models. ETKA confirmed. Don't see any bubble dash in the 94 GLX. So the above information is in fact correct, and the above statement that I was wrong is in fact incorrect
Also, Euro cars had it to W-R368005, built until 12/93. So they kept it a tad bit longer into the 1994 model year, but not by much.
Last edited by VDub2625; 06-24-2012 at 04:02 PM.
But no matter when they do it, there is always a fixed point on the line, where the changes were applied. It's never a back and forth sort of thing. I get upset when I hear people say "oh they just wanted to run out old stock". No, they didn't. They plan for these changes to happen at specific times so it can be well documented which cars have what, for service purposes.