I bought my 1995 Jetta VR6 GLX used about four years ago from the original owner. It had 46,000 miles, the red paint was close to dark pink (it didn't have the optional clearcoat), and a few trim item...
I bought my 1995 Jetta VR6 GLX used about four years ago from the original owner. It had 46,000 miles, the red paint was close to dark pink (it didn't have the optional clearcoat), and a few trim items needed to be replaced. This car is unbelievable to drive. It is light so the VR6 provides substantial power for any driving situation. It handles well in mountain driving and performs well overall.
I have owned many Volkswagens in my time; "59 Karmann Giah, '73 Super Beetle, '76 Rabbit, '79 Rabbit Diesel, ' 81 Dasher Diesel, '86 Vanagon, '88 Vanagon, '89 Jetta, '91 Vanagon, and my current '95 Jetta VR6 SLX. In my experience Volkswagens are not particularly reliable and not inexpensive to repair or maintain, however that is not the reason I bought them. They are cars that were fun to drive that have met my needs at the time (with the exception of the Dasher which I inherited and was an overall dog). Even the Vanagons were exceptional vehicles given I have four children and took cross country driving vacations. They all felt good to drive (except the Dasher).
Even with the low miles of my '95 Jetta, to maintain it at the best performance level possible has been costly. There have been significant problems with the cruise control, air-conditioning, electric window lifters, seat warmers and, instrument lights and controls.
I know the service writers and mechanics by first name at the dealership as well as the parts manager. It is unlikely that I will buy another Volkswagen, but I love the way each has performed and felt on the road (except the Dasher), especially the "95 VR6 GLX and will probably keep it forever.
When I indicated that I wouldn't recommend the car to a friend I mean that I wouldn't without providing both positives and negatives. If the fun of driving is the top of the list then I would recommend it without reservation.
If you read the professional review on this page he talks about comparing the VR6 GLX with a Passat and choosing the Passat because he felt it was a better car and value. Since that review the Passat has shown itself to be more or less a dud while the Jetta continues on.