Thursday, May 17, 2012

1987 Volkswagen Jetta 2 Door - In Search Of A Good Home

I'm really surprised that I don't see more older Jettas restored and either at shows or being used as daily drivers. It's nice looking, fun to drive, fairly reliable and parts are still plentiful and relatively inexpensive.

This is a somewhat rare Jetta 2 door. The Jetta was, in VW's US lineup, a step above the Rabbit / Golf. It was a bit more luxurious. Many people bought them a "family cars" and the 4 door was better suited for that purpose.

I really like this ad. Probably because I can relate to it. In my younger, more impulsive days, I've been in the same situation.

Basically, the seller saw the car, fell in love with it and bought it with the idea of restoring it. The realities of time and room have now put him in a position of having to sell it.

This Jetta is unmodified and in pretty nice shape. The seller calls it "99% original." The body is being described as needing "minor minor work", but "totally acceptable and show-able as is." I can see some rust and a small dent in the fender, but nothing terrible. The interior is nice, except for the headliner, which has some mildew from sitting.

This car's only really problem is bad valve seals. The seller says it ticks and smokes under heavy load. You could easily find a used replacement engine, or have the head redone.

There's a good chance that if you're between the ages of 30 and 40, you either owned a Mark 2 Jetta, knew someone who owned a Mark 2 Jetta and / or desired a Mk II Jetta. Here's a chance for you to relive a bit of your youth for very little money. (The seller is asking $1100.00, but is "open to offers.")

The seller writes in his ad, "I would really like to see this car go to a good home where it will receive the love and care it deserves." Me too.

Located in Yonkers, NY, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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