SOTW: Volkswagen Jetta GTI
It may just be a 'Golf with a boot' but at this price, who's complaining?
Volkswagen doesn't seem to care, though, and has been punting out small saloons for ages, with the Jetta being the one most will think of first. I'm sure I remember the boot being huge on these cars, and I have a vague memory of travelling somewhere in the boot of one when I was a kid with a mate. I must stress that we weren't abducted, this was the way us young 'uns liked to travel when out in our parents' cars with our mates in the days before health and safety. I even remember dad allowing me to poke my head out the sunroof at 70mph once to 'see what it felt like to be on a motorbike'. Good times, but I digress.....
Back in the 80s , the more 'thrusting' type drove around in a Golf GTI hatch (trying to stop their girlfriend's earrings from squeaking - only for them to steal the car when they later split up) while other, less brash, individuals were choosing the Jetta GTI instead (maybe they needed to carry more children?). The Jetta was powered by the same 1.8, 8-valve engine as the Golf, and that meant a rather heady 110bhp, 0-60 in just over 8 seconds and a top speed of 118 mph.
While most Jettas have been molested by 'modifiers', or those who are fans of 'Euro look', this week's Shed has managed to pass through three owners and 96,000 miles without any changes whatsoever, and is as standard as the day it left the showroom right down to the (lovely) steel wheels. The condition looks great, it has some MOT and the advert seems genuine enough. If you can live with the boxy looks, the asking price of £895 seems rudely reasonable, and if this was a Golf you would probably have to add another grand to get one in this condition.
Not a fan of the 80s? Just buy it knowing you are driving a true classic - that must surely be enough for any PHer?
Advert says: 1988 Volkswagen Jetta GTI For Sale. JETTA GTI 1.8 8V VERY RARE COMPLETELY STANDARD SMALL BUMPER VERSION. 96000 MILES 3 OWNERS FROM NEW, MOT TILL OCTOBER 2011 NO TAX. ELECTRIC WINDOWS FRONT AND REAR, ELECTRIC MIRRORS.THIS IS A VERY GOOD CONDITION STANDARD MODEL. RUNS AND DRIVES VERY WELL. £895
you are the man. Admitting to having been the last kid to be picked up for footy
takes some balls. (honest)
On a different note: Have you ever driven the Jetta yourself. It is pretty lame.
110 Bhp for a car like that was not much, even back then. This example is a nice survivor
nevertheless... till now.
Yes the boot was huge, i took my whole life home from uni in that car pretty much (which means big boot or no life!).
Good shed, i happen to think they look quite cool really.
Being a 3 box saloon they dont flex as much as a hatch, and with a bit more weight at the back they handle slightly better - making this a great shed of the week.
The one Jetta to get really is the Gti engineering 16v jetta (2.0?), usually resplendant in white with nasty 80's-tastic graphics
Just as much an icon as the Golf in my eyes and experience (although both were roundly whipped by the Opel, Toyota, Nissan counterparts at the time for power and speed but not handling)
Bloody great car, it took me all ,and i mean all the way round the country to different meat plants
that i worked in at the time.
One the motorways i could keep up with the BMW,AUDIs and alike no problem.
Admittedly i did have it lowered and head skimmed for that little bit extra pep,but respect where it was
due that was a good car.
A friend who used to race a group A Golf Gti 16v in the old BTCC always said the Jetta Gti was actually a better handling car than the Golf Gti; this didnt make any difference when it came to selling them as no one wanted them because it was a Jetta and not a Golf and everyone wanted a golf Gti!