In the past, I’ve used the Friday Fail to examine some pretty awful ads and terrible aesthetic choices. With today’s column, however, I’d like to put it to our readers to decide if this is a full-on fail, or if there is some merit to this Jetta. I happen to really dig the 2-door Jettas as both Mk1s and Mk2s, cutting a similar cropped 3-box style to the E30 coupes (compare these to their four-door brethren and then try to wrap your field of vision around a 4-series… who’s failing now?) This one has some choice Dublover retrofits like a VR6, outstanding Porsche D90 wheels, and a clean Trophy interior. The body modifications, however, are where the fail starts to seep in. I don’t hate how the Mk2 Big Bumpers look on it, or rather how they could look on it if fully modified to fit, but their slight sag makes my linear-loving brain blow gaskets. The rear bumper is the worst, which brings us to the next fail: if you’re going to give such great detail about what you’ve added to the car, CAN’T YOU TAKE MORE THAN TWO PICTURES?! At least SHOW us how that saggy butt really looks so we can start to picture how to fix it.
$6,500 isn’t bad for a mostly cool-looking Jetta Coupe with a VR6 and Porsche wheels. But having two pictures is the domain of $850 OBO “NEDS WRK AC BROKN” eBay specials. So, is it a big Fail this Friday, or just in need of a serious in-person investigation?
Click for details: 1989 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe on eBay
1989 jetta coupe
Mk3 dash swap with sport cluster
Rebuilt vr6 obd2 -2700 miles and counting.
5lug plus suspension
16″ d90s w like new tires
GP coilovers -vr6 rated
Rear strut brace
Drilled and slotted rotors
Fully functioning ebrake (this is becoming a rarity 😉 )
New heater core
Repaired flap doors
Working cold ac
Fresh alpine white paint
Southern no rust chassis
Smoked ecode aero lights
Smoked bumper markers
NOS aero grill
Mk3 tank (single pump)
I think it’s 95% cool… from the 30% I can see. Unfortunately, this triggers a lesson all online daters should keep in mind: Don’t just look at what you see, think about what they don’t want you to see. Every time you’ll try to make it fit your ideal no matter how far off you may be, and in my imagination, this Jetta Coupe looks like a really sweet car! Too bad there’s a mistreated, saggy behind back there that I can’t even see.
note: looks like the seller put some better pictures up and claims the bumper issue has been addressed on VWVortex.