Two turbos and eight doors: 2004 VW GLi v. 2006 VW GLi

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Like all Volkswagen models, Jettas seem to draw a very different crowd than the quite similar Golf, and generally that crowd (among enthusiasts anyways) has a bit of a reputation for being….different. Personally, my favorite GLis are the 2.0 16Vs with big bumpers, but Volkswagen has listened to what you wanted over the years, and with age has come more options, bigger bodies and more power. Still it seems that the Jetta falls squarely in the shadow of it’s badonkadonakless brother, the GTi. That belies what a good car the Jetta has become since the original A1; it’s remained the sophisticated and sporty option amongst small sedans while others have come and gone. Today I want to look at two GLi options that are very popular amongst the tuner crowds. Let’s start with a Mk. 4 2004 GLi:

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Year: 2004
Model: Jetta GLi
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 103,000 mi
Price: $6,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLi on eBay

2004 VW Jetta GLI, has 103k miles, 6sp. I drive the car daily so miles will go up slighty not much. Once car is sold I will stop driving it. I have a clean title in hand. There is a $250 NON-refundable deposit once offer is accepted. You have 48 hours to leave a deposit once offer is accepted. The rest of payment is in CASH when buyer picks the car up. You will have 7 days to pickup the car.

Runs and drives good everything works. No leaks of any kind. ABS light and ESP light is on. Trying to fix both light issues once I do I will update listing. There are a few spots were the headliner is sagging a little. Like new tires (tires installed Oct 2012), timing belt and water pump (installed last year), throw out bearing with slave cylinder installed last week. New front and rear rotors and brakes pads. Body is in good condition but does have a few marks and blemishes (I have pics of the areas).

Sold as is no warranty or returns. Please ask all questions before making an offer or buying. If you would like to take it for a test drive please email me. If you would like more pictures please email me an email address and ill send them.

I have to admit, I think the 20th Anniversary Edition GTis look a little more tasteful than the GLis with the body kits, but I’ve always loved the 18″ BBS RC option on these cars – they look fantastic. This car offers a pretty tidy package with plenty of speed out of the box, but the new owner can go nuts and modify it to pretty unbelievable levels if desired. I wouldn’t push it too much; the front driver VWs with transverse engines tend to be torque steerers that eat transmissions, suspension components and driveshafts as the power rises, but you could easily push this to 250 horsepower if desired and have a blast. If the Mk.4 is a little too fussy and unreliable for you, perhaps you’d like a little more refinement offered in the Mk.5 chassis, like this 2006:

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Year: 2006
Model: Jetta GLi
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 90,645 mi
Price: $8,950 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLi on eBay

2006 V.W. Jetta GLI Turbo
“Only 90K”
Rare 6-Speed
Loaded Leather-Sunroof

This is a fantastic opportunty to own a well cared for 2006 V.W. Jetta GLI. The GLI is the top of the Line in the Jetta Series. This Jetta is incredibly clean, with Very Low Mileage. Every where you look this truck is near perfect. It appears to have always been very well maintained and cared for. This car is in very good condition. It appears to have been garaged it whole life.

The Exterior: is in very nice condition. The paint has great shine and depth with very very minor scratches or rock chips, visible only under close inspection.

This car is loaded Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, Dual Climate Control,
17″ Factory Alloy Wheels,
Steering Wheel Controls, Xenon Headlights,
Side Airbags
This car is fun to drive and gets great gas mileage.
Car comes with clean Autocheck (No Accidents)
It also has the Factory Upgraded Alloy Wheels with Good Tires.

The Interior: is also in very very nice condition with very little wear,(really no wear) near perfect. It comes loaded with Heater Leather Power Seats, Power Sunroof, Upgraded Sound System.(the radio does show some wear on the preset buttons I have seen it on most of this model), The Seat show nearly no wear, and the foam is not broken down, even where you get in and out it is like new.

This Jetta runs and drives fantastic. It has great power and drives tight, and brakes straight and smooth. A real pleasure to drive. The pictures do not do this Jetta GLI justice, it is much better in person. This is Sporty well cared for V.W. Jetta GLI that is in beautiful condition and are very hard to find like this. That makes this a “DON’T MISS OPPORTUNITY!!

LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

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Change to the fifth generation Jetta resulted in a massive increase in quality, refinement, and sophistication for the Jetta, much as the jump from third to fourth had. The 2.0 turbo motor gained power, smoothness and torque over the earlier 1.8Ts behaving a little less like an on/off switch. Early units were noted for oil consumption, but the overall package is pretty slick. Looking at this car in comparison to the A2 Jetta, it’s hard to believe they’re priced pretty similarly. VW did ride quality a favor by swapping down to 17″ “Classics” wheels that are more pothole friendly though don’t look as spectacular; swapping them out for a set of OEM 18″ wheels is easily enough done, like the R32 spec Omanyt alloys that are a favorite of mine, on Ebay now:

Choosing between these two for me is difficult; I prefer the look of the earlier car slightly to the less fussy and rounder design of the Mk. 5, but at the same time it’s hard to argue with the refinement and general improvements in the later model. Mk. 4s can be pretty tough to live with by some reports, and I have not heard the same problem of the Mk. 5 to this point, though being a VW product, I’d expect the unexpected and presume that an engine light will be on in the not-too-distant future. Turbocharged fun, sporty handling, practicality, decent fuel economy, and low entry price make these great options for the daily grind.

Which one would you have?

-Carter

1989 Volkswagen Jetta Carat with 34k miles

The 1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V Trophy that Nate posted at the end of last month garnered a lot of interest and a $6,600 final bid in the end. Without a doubt, these Mk2 Volkswagens, whether they be Jettas, Golfs or GTIs have a strong enthusiast following, especially for those well preserved examples. I’m not sure when the last time I saw one was, but this 1990 Jetta Carat has covered by a mere 34,000 miles. It might not have the more desirable 16V engine, but at least it’s a 5-speed manual. For a car that has resided in New England, it’s clean.

Year: 1989
Model: Jetta Carat
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 34,663 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Volkswagen Jetta Carat on eBay

Up for sale is a rare chance to own a 1989 Volkswagen Jetta with 34,663 miles. The car is near flawless for its age. Never in an accident. This car was bought brand new in Manchester NH and has been in the family ever since. Low, low miles, very clean car. If you have any questions, call me at 781-530-6593

If my instincts are correct, I’d suspect bidding on this Jetta may wind up around $5,000 to $5,500. While it has less mileage than the aforementioned GLI 16V Trophy, it appears to be in similar condition. It’s doubtful that you would have to worry about values skyrocketing on these Mk2 Jettas, but the supply of good, original examples like this will probably evaporate at some point.

-Paul

1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V Trophy

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Today we bring you what is, hands down, the nicest MkII Jetta I’ve ever seen. And no, it does not have a twin-turbocharged 3.2l, all-wheel drive or slammed suspension. It is stock in a beautiful way, completely optioned-out as a GLI 16V with the Recaro Trophy interior. You’d be hard-pressed to find any signs that it’s covered even the conservative 90k miles put on over the past 25 years. For 21 years it was a babied weekender and it shows! If MkII Volkswagens are your thing, you should start looking at flights to Ohio.

Year: 1988
Model: Jetta GLI 16V Trophy
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,571 mi
Price: No reserve auction

Click for more details: 1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V Trophy on eBay

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You are looking at my 100% stock 1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI with ONLY 90,571 miles. This GLI is in pristine condition inside and out. I am the 3rd owner of this time capsule, the second owner bought it in 1992 with 29,900 miles and kept in a garage for the next 21 years seldomly driving it only on the weekends (less then 3000 miles a year).

This GLI comes equipped with the following options:

-1.8L 16v motor (124hp)

-Manual transmission

-Sunroof

-TROPHY INTERIOR

-Power Recaro seats

-working A/C

-MFA trip computer

-4 wheel disc brakes

This GLI is in 100% original and in stock factory condition and has not been modified or molested in any way. It has all the original factory performance options, even the front air dams that collect air and cool the front calipers are still hooked up and ready for action! The exterior is very clean with no signs of bubbles or paint fading. The undersides of the doors are clean and the shock towers look like the day the came off the assembly line.

The TROPHY interior is in fantastic shape! The power driver and passenger Recaro seats are spotless. The drivers seat is supple and hugs your backside like a glove. There are no rips, tears, or significant signs of wear. The crank sunroof slides back with ease and will give you a great hairdo while your carving up the turns on your local back country road. The suspension feels tight and sure footed, 4-wheel disc brakes provide the stopping power for the 124hp 16v power plant and the clutch actuates where it should with no issues.

This GLI is a true throwback and a blast to drive!

This car is 25 years old and as such it is not brand new. Please expect normal issues of wear and tear consistent with the age of the car, but also keep in mind this is one of the nicest 1988 cars I’ve seen in my life. There are some very minor oil leaks and the car takes a minute or so to run really smoothly when cold.

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The factory tricked-out nature of this car (not to mention year) are reminiscent of the near-and-dear E28 M5. I love it and am extremely impressed at how beautifully the exterior and interior have been maintained. If this were an M5, it might be pushing $30k, but it’s not – it’s a Volkswagen. Bidding is very active but the price is still low. The GLI may forever be overshadowed by its little brother, but I’ve always loved it. Special, low-mileage, and well cared for, if its price stays within four digits I think it’s an awesome buy.

-NR

1991 Jetta GLI w/ TT 3.2L swap

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Mk1 and Mk2 Jettas are sharp cars, and the ease of finding and modifying them makes them a great proposition for motivated German enthusiasts. I’ll get it out of the way early that air suspension and a vastly upgraded engine seem like contradictions to me, but today’s GLI has been done well and thoroughly with an eye towards the VeeDub show scene. Highlighting the parts-bin accessibility of VAG, this Jetta has a TT heart, Golf Rallye headlights, G60 flares and Mk3 suspension and brakes. A conventional suspension would raise the desirability factor for me, along with a lower price. The seller has totalled up all of his receipts to price the car, which we know is a common mistake with modifiers.

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Year: 1991
Model: Jetta GLI
Engine: Audi TT 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 59k mi engine, 115k mi body
Price: $22,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Jetta for sale on eBay

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1991 VW Jetta original GLI
Fully customized, VERY good condition
$22,500
[price based on physical items receipt total]
 Body Work:
• shaved banana lights
• shaved rear seams
• shaved turn signals
• shaved exhaust hole
• shaved rear tow hook
• shaved spoiler
• fully ‘shaved’engine bay
• painted engine [black]
 Custom paint — color: Black Cherry
 Flares:
• Front: G60 front flares: Front arches cut;
• Rear: G60 front flares; Rear arches cut and reseamed
 Smoked Hella taillights
 Blackened Golf Rallye headlights
 Audi TT 3.2L engine swap [59K miles on engine]
 Lugtronic stand-alone engine management/full custom wire-tuck
 Techtonics Tuning downpipe
 custom 3″ downpipe back exhaust
 Pusher style Slimline fans
 Black center Schmidt 3-piece modernlines: Front: 16 X 8; Rear: 16 X 9
 Kumho Ecsta 205/40/16 tires
 BagYard Supreme air-ride struts
• Two Vivair 400c compressors
• Eight Asco valves
• AVS 7 switchbox
• 5-gallon air tank airbrushed [riveted metal]
• Mason Tech Sumpsaver Skid Plate
 1998 MK3 5-lug suspension & brakes
 Original GLI Recaro interior
 114,593 miles on car body

Reason for selling: Moving on

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The seller is going to have to be generous with people clicking “Make an Offer” before it actually gets sold, as I see his price as at least 25% too high. I’m sure the TT engine, suspension, work, etc. all cost a pretty penny, and the car appears to be very nice, but no one is going to buy a Mk2 VW Jetta for $22.5k. If he adds up the parts and they really are worth that much, then maybe he should consider disassembly. In reality, he should accept a lower price and pass this nice VW project on to the next enthusiast.

-NR

2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon

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Since I bought my dream car 1.5 years ago, my car hunting radar got fuzzy for a bit amidst wonderings of what, if anything, was next? I had a sports sedan and an unstoppable truck, what else could you need? Well, with both cars struggling to get 20mpg on the highway, the entry of a Jetta TDI to my brother’s fleet got my mind churning. He and his girlfriend made a trip from Seattle to San Francisco, with a spacecase on top, and averaged 56 mpg. I was sold, and now these days when I think of what car I really want next, the recurring image is a Mk4 Jetta TDI Wagon. Eminently useful and frugal, it would be the perfect counterpoint to the E28 M5. Today’s example is what I will eventually be looking for: low-mileage, manual, and very clean.

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Year: 2003
Model: Jetta TDI Wagon
Engine: 1.9L turbodiesel inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 83,500
Price: $13,990

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon on eBay

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2003 RARE JETTA TDI WAGON ** 5 SPEED MANUAL ** ONLY 83K ORIGINAL LOW LOW MILES ** 1.9 TURBO DIESEL ENGINE ** SIDE IMPACT AIRBAGS ** 50 MPG ** AIR CONDITIONING WITH POLLEN AND DUST FILTER ** POWER HEATED MIRRORS ** HEATED SEATS ** FULLY LOADED GL MODEL ** SPLIT FOLDING REAR SEAT ** CRUISE CONTROL **RARE ESP OPTION (ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM) ** POWER WINDOWS ** POWER LOCKS ** KEYLESS ENTRY ** AWESOME COLOR COMBO ** ROOF RACK ** MONSOON SOUND SYSTEM ** IN DASH CD PLAYER ** NEW YOKOHAMA TIRES ALL AROUND ** NEVER IN AN ACCIDENT, CLEAN CARFAX AND AUTOCHECK REPORTS (PLEASE VIEW ATTACHED CARFAX REPORT) ** ALWAYS SERVICED BY VW DEALER ** MORE RELIABLE AND MUCH MORE EFFICIENT THAN NEW TDI’S ** SPARE TIRE W/ TOOL KIT ** BOOKS, MANUALS AND FLOOR MATS ** NON-SMOKER ** THIS IS THE ONE OF THE NICEST JETTA DIESEL WAGONS WE HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME, ESPECIALLY WITH SUCH LOW MILES ** WILL NOT LAST ** THE LAST YEAR WITH THE HIGHLY DESIRABLE ALH MOTOR ** BEING SOLD ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, THESE CARS HAVE BECOME IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ESPECIALLY A 5 SPEED MODEL! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

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I’d be a little more ready to pounce if it were around $12k, but low-mileage examples are becoming rarer by the day, so it’s a bit of a seller’s market. It may not have mind-blowing power and speed, but its specific brand of performance is equally admirable.

-NR

1987 Volkswagen Jetta Street/Track Car

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Gone from this world for several generations, the Jetta Coupe has always appealed to me. The slight tightening of the sharp Mk1 and Mk2 aesthetics is a good look. Today’s Jetta showed up on Jalopnik’s “Nice Price or Crack Pipe” and is solidly in the “Nice Price” column right now. It’s an SCCA Time Trial car that is still street legal. Sound like a blast? I think so too. With an amazing/outrageous German flag paint job, this is not too far from the Jetta my middle-school self dreamt about.

Year: 1987
Model: Jetta Coupe
Engine: 2.0 liter 16-valve inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 79,000 on chassis, 8,000 on engine/transmission
Price: $5,000

CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS: 1987 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe on VWVortex

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Well the time has come to sell my Jetta coupe. I bought this car off a good friend to use as my daily while I finished building my Harlequin. The Harlequin is done, so now it’s time to sell. Before myself, my friend owned the car for nearly 10 years in which all of the modifications were done, it has been meticulously maintained and is an absolute great car.

1987 Jetta Sport (79k Chassis miles)
SCCA Time Trial Level 4 car
2.0 Digifant setup, 8k miles on engine (rebuilt in 2007)
16V transmission (built 6k miles ago, fresh clutch kit)
Corrado VR6 Konis
Neuspeed upper strut tower, lower front sway, bottom mount rear sway, K-frame brace and Eurosport upper rear strut tower brace.
Clear/red tails
Short shift kit
Cross hair headlights
KIRK 4point roll cage
Sparco driver AND passenger seats
NEW G-Force pro series camlock harnesses
MOMO steering wheel w/LTB Motorsports quick release
AutoMeter auxiliary guages
BBS Corrado wheels, freshly restored, new factory center caps and tires in the last 5k miles
Quick release Hub, camera cage mount, 2 fire extinguishers etc…
This car has NO RUST!
Crank sunroof works and doesn’t leak!

There is a LOT of stuff I am forgetting, but if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Asking price is $5,000 OBO

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I love that the seller used this as a daily driver. I want to see it with all the decals removed, just one giant German flag ready to have some FWD fun in the twisties. As the votes confirm, $5k is a good price for a Jetta this nice and well-prepped. It sounds like it’s stayed among friends for a while and has been well taken care of. Whether you want a track-day tosser or a fun daily Jetta, this will be good at either or both!

-NR

1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V

A dying breed, an unmolested pre-93 Volkswagen is a rare find. An unmolested 16v GLI is even rarer. A favorite of VW enthusaists, the 16v GLIs and GTIs are the top level of performance offered in the MK2 (at least in the US). The 1990 model sported the 134 bhp 2.0 16v (it was 1.8L on earlier GLIs) mated to a quick ratio 5 speed gearbox making these cars are a blast to drive. The GLI also offered Recaro sport seats, BBS RA alloys and a GLI trim package that differentiated it from your every day GLI.

This clean Alpine white GLI for sale in Columbus, OH looks like a nice clean slate for a driver, modified car, or a collector piece.

Year: 1990
Model: Jetta GLI 16v
Engine: 2.0 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $1,000

Click for Details: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLI on Craigslist

BBS aluminum alloy rims, Recaro seats, needs work. $1000 obo. Please call or text to 614-216-2107.

I’ve always been fan of the GLI 16v ever since a highschool buddy of mine rolled up to track practice in one. It was quick and sounded the business when he masheded the gas. While the seller doesn’t offer a whole lot of detail on the car, it’s hard to go wrong with a $1000 price tag. If I had the space, this is yet another car I’d add to the corral.

-Brian

1980 Volkswagen Jetta with 8,700 miles

While we’re on the subject of vintage Volkswagens on offer in Germany, how about this Mk1 Jetta with a mere 14,000 km (~8,700 mi)? Over the past several decades, the Jetta has emerged to be a bestseller in the US market for Volkswagen, where cars with a traditional trunk are favored over the hatchback. This museum quality Mk1 Jetta is for sale near Aachen, Germany. Since many of the Mk1 Jettas have disappeared from the roads worldwide, seeing this car in this kind of condition simply transports you to a different era.

Year: 1980
Model: Jetta
Engine: 1.6 inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 14,000 km (~ 8,700 mi)
Price: Auction, No Reserve

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We present a real rarity, the top opportunity for collectors, original 14,000 km! Hardly been used, and the interior is especially like new. Inclusive of VW cars from 33 years ago. Includes original board folder along with service book. The following inspections were entered in the service log:

Delivery inspection at 0 km by VW
Inspection at 1530 km by VW
Inspection at 5120 km by VW
Inspection at 5863 km by VW
Inspection at 9716 km by VW
Inspection at 10,774 km by VW
Inspection at 12,000 miles through VW
In addition, an inspection at 12,500 km, but this was not carried out at VW.

Along with the entire board folder is the original “service coupon” for the first Volkswagen service available, which VW offered at the time free of charge. Colour Name: Diamond Silver Metallic (Lacknr. L97A). Due to his age, the good owner over the last ten years was barely able to drive his beloved VW. After death, the vehicle was then released for sale.

The piece was then in 11/2012 for a check-up along with a new timing belt & oil changes. Likewise, a new TÜV demonstration together with H-approval (vintage). There even the original tires from 1980 (with 14,000 miles) were mounted, which we leave for reasons of originality on the vehicle. It comes from the first owner. Since the VW dates back to the us from directly neighboring Belgium, he has to get us one day admission (to German approval).

The interior is especially remarkable. Experts know how vulnerable these delicate, thin upholstery were and that they were worn since the eighties. The cushion is flawless and found only in specimens that were partially used (VW Museum). It is the same with the dashboard, which is something that is known to crack. In this car, this is absolutely spotless, including headliner, all switches, controls and so on. Almost like new. This specimen benefits from being a 100% non-smoking vehicle.

Even the exterior is more than just above average beautiful. After toggling you have to look very carefully, meticulous perfectionists will find but one or two minimal flaws. Thus the exterior is in as perfect shape as the interior. In possession of the good owner, the vehicle was repainted in its original paint. Since we don’t know otherwise, this can not be assured without accident damage. In some corners and also in the engine bay is even the factory wax preservative. It would look nice if you removed this, but that would be pure blasphemy. The handling of the VW only can be described as perfect! It’s an incredible experience to move a vehicle this model year that feels and drives as if it were brand new!

Location: 52146 Würselen (NRW/Germany)

Collection please within five days, with a down payment of 25% and a pickup within one month is possible. Disclaimer: Despite the excellent condition, one can assume this 33-year old car has no warranty or the like.

With no reserve and about two days left in the auction, we’re closing in on $5,000 USD. I’d suspect this unbelievably clean Jetta will probably pull somewhere between $6,000 and $7,000. In silver with the Euro headlamps, this Jetta has a fresher look to it than its US market counterparts.

-Paul

2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup for sale

While I love burning imprudent amounts of gasoline in my M5, I also have a fascination with TDIs and hypermiling. This probably stems from a love of road trips and superlatives, and few cars are as day-to-day efficient as the VW/Audi TDIs. To commemorate their innovative and eponymous spec series, VW got awesome and paired the TDI with the GLI’s suspension and interior. There’s talk of them bringing the similarly-conceived GTD over someday; yes please. Reader Graham tipped us to his dad’s TDI Cup for sale on eBay, with the awesome note that his dad once bought a M-B 2.3-16 off of this blog’s ancestor, tjrubley.com. Right on!

2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup for sale on eBay


From the seller:

I’m reluctantly auctioning my 2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup Edition. I started a new job on 9/24 with a 70-mile daily commute, plus sales trips that can add another 200+ miles each week. Previously, my daily commute was 10 miles, with much shorter sales trips. The upside is that already in one month, the fuel mileage has increased from my previous 40.4 mpg overall average to 41.2 mpg (it’s all on Fuelly.com; my best fill-up is 51.5 mpg, and I have all receipts). However, this is a special-edition car that I feel is too rare to subject to a road warrior’s lifestyle. Factory options on top of the sport suspension and special Interlagos interior on the TDI Cup package include power sunroof, iPod integration, and the Jetta floor mat kit with a Monster Mat for the trunk. The combination of style, comfort, convenience, safety features, and efficiency are compelling; hence, the decision sell has been tough. Further, this car is nearly perfect, interior and exterior, and is garaged day and night. My history with the car dates to February 2012, when I purchased it from York VW as a one-owner VW Certified vehicle. As a result, you will enjoy peace of mind from the transferable VW Certified warranty until 9/22/2015 or 60,000 miles, to include 24-hour Roadside Assistance. York VW recently completed the 30,000-mile service, so this car is ready for its intended purpose of stylish, fun, efficient, reliable operation — there have been zero problems during my 10,000 miles of ownership. I’m located in York, PA, which is 50 miles north of Baltimore, MD on I-83 or 90 miles west of Philadelphia, PA on Rt. 30. I want to sell quickly, before the miles start racking up in earnest. The title is in hand, so please feel free to see the car, bid, etc.

Seems like an honest and affectionate listing. I don’t often write up cars with existing warranties, but with 25k miles or 3 years left, that’s a solid selling point. So is the $15k starting price; the reserve is still on, but TDI Cup Editions regularly go for $20-24k. I definitely miss the TDI Cup front treatment, which was an expensive option and is my favorite piece of VW design since the original R32. Exterior aside, the key points like the chassis, great GTI-homage plaid interior, and fast-and-frugal TDI are all in place to make this a great car.

-NR

1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6

Known as the Vento in Europe, the Volkswagen Jetta III, as it was known in the US, was introduced at a time when US sales were at their lowest and it appeared as if VW was considering pulling out of the US market. This car, along with the third generation Golf, was credited for keeping the flame alive on these shores. This generation Jetta became the best selling Volkswagen by the time the production run ceased in 1999.

The MkIII Jetta brought about many refinements, including a more streamlined look, safety features such as airbags and anti-lock brakes and, for the first time, the addition of a six cylinder engine. The recently introduced 2.8 liter VR6 found its way under the Jetta’s hood beginning in 1994. Thus equipped, this car could scoot to 60 miles per hour in under seven seconds. While they were great performers in their day, few survive in good running order. This Jetta GLX VR6 for sale in Florida is the last year the hot version of the Jetta MkIII was produced.

1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 on eBay

1998 VW Jetta GLX VR6. One owner, 69k ACTUAL miles, leather, automatic, sunroof, keyless entry, fog lights, spoiler, alloys, Bose, etc. Showroom Condition. Clean Carfax. Made in Germany. Last year of the classic body style.

A MkIII Jetta or Golf is hard to come by in good nick. The glaring problem for this car, at least for me, is the lack of a manual transmission. The Volkswagen VR6 is arguably one of the best engines of the last 25 years and frankly, it deserves not to be saddled with a slushbox. Other than that, this is the best Jetta GLX I’ve seen in a while. One error in the seller’s description is the country of origin. This particular Jetta was built in Mexico, not Germany. This is readily apparent from the VIN starting with the digit “3.”

At almost $6,000, we’re a bit on the high side for a MkIII, as that kind of money will get you into a similar vintage E36 3 series. Two very different cars, but in all honestly, it depends on what you’re looking for. Having owned a MkIII GTI with the 2.0 liter engine, I can honestly say I miss that car. At the same time I owned that car, two good friends of mine had MkIII Jettas; one a 1997 Trek and the other a 1998 Wolfsburg Edition. Seeking this GLX brings back a lot of great memories.

-Paul