i have a 97 jetta glx (basically a gli) with 210,000. runs fine. granted i take pretty good car of it and the last owner had receipts dating back to 1998 on everything done to the car when i bought it.
Hey everyone im looking to trade my gas guzzling pickup for either a gli or gti. ive always been a fan and now the opportunity is here. I want some thing that is fun to drive and is quick, and that will last a few years. Im trying to find out how reliable these cars are after 100k miles. i plan to keep it pretty stock. How high of milage have you seen or heard of on these?
I have 122k on my GTI and its running great. I'm sure there are many out there with 150k+ on them. But really, it all comes down to maintenance. If its kept up, the car will last you a long time.
I saw a Passat wagon on Craigslist with 213k miles for $2,000. My first thought was, "that's it?
Volkswagen engines are pretty tough so, as the other posters have already mentioned, it all comes down to how the car is/was maintained.
Buy one and post pics!
My 2000 Golf 1.8t just got totalled in an accident.
226384 miles out of her though, and she was still going strong. 160k of those miles had APR stg 1 tuning. Those blocks are tough. I was still on the original k03 turbo too. The stock clutch went shortly after the chip tune - I had about 150k on an ecs tuning stg1 clutch that was still holding out fine until the accident last week.
As others have said, maintenance is key. Always use synthetic oil and you won't have any problems there. Timing belt/water pump every 80k can be pricey (Original interval was 105k, but it's an expensive fix it breaks). Good plugs can last 40k. With age will come some rubber degradation. You'll likely want to replace some hoses and vac lines at some point. (The pcv system is particularly prone to maintenance)
Mechanically? Tires, brakes, suspension bushings, shocks, axle boots and bearings. All are going to wear out and need replacing periodically. At >100k, each vehicle is on its own schedule for those things, it depends so much on how it's been driven. Obviously, you might get a car to 100k with only tires and brakes (and scheduled maintenance), but you're not likely to get to 200k without doing a lot of that list. If you want to drive 25k miles a year on a car with >100k, expect to need to do something most years.
Cosmetically speaking, buy a clean one and keep it well and you should be fine. After 12 years, the only perforation I had was one of the rocker covers where it had been hit hard during an accident several years ago - the resprayed repair didn't keep moisture out nearly as well as the original paint. Any part of the car that had been resprayed wore a lot worse than the original paint. I put 226k predominantly highway miles on her and had a lot of stone chips appearing on the hood and roof leading edges in the past couple of years. But the first 10 years of NE winters didn't seem to faze it too much. And I'm not the waxing and polishing every weekend kind of guy. I'd be surprised if I averaged much more than once a year...
Roll the dice on a clean-titled car with a good service history and clean bodywork, and you should be fine. It's worth looking for one with a recent timing belt and waterpump change.
thanks genixia, i found a jetta wolfsburg with about 28k miles so i think thats a good start. im doing the test drive tomorrow. Im not to familiar with the motors or maintenace on these cars but like anything else ive had i do alot of research. I always use mobil 1 synthetic on everything so thats a plus. i guess well see how i like it after the test drive. thanks alot