I drove my newly bought 1984 Jetta GLI for 18 years as a daily driver, then in 2002 purchased a 2002 Passat B5.5 1.8T stick shift.
On the day I picked up the Passat and drove it home, I told my best friend “I will never deny myself a nice car again. I won’t keep this car that long”. Riiight.
16 years later, today I’m finally selling this pretty solid car. The only thing that went wrong was the heater core plugged up, and cruise control broke. Oh, and a bad valve in gas tank. The car has seen me go from raging rock band/ surfer/snowboard bachelor, to married, kid, and moved to suburbs.
The new owner promises to show it more love than I have in the last few years (I’m driving 1st gen Highlander mostly last two years).
Thanks VW. This car was a terrific purchase. It may be the last time I own a manual transmission car, though .
Pic after I washed it for new owner. It held up pretty well:
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