I purchased this car as my wife’s first car. We got it from CDI in Victor. Within 30 minutes of purchase it threw a check engine light, and they refused to return my calls. Suffice to say I don’t think anyone should ever do business with them, ever.
Immediately upon purchase I dumped the car to the ground on some cheap, garbage coilovers and installed a rear lip spoiler.
I eventually also added a Borla exhaust. The sound of the VR with an exhaust is one of the primary reasons my wife kept this car for 6 years.
Now it’s mine. I’ll admit its fun – compared to later Jettas the size is just right – its small and can squirt through traffic. It has nice torque delivery but power up top as well. It’s been fairly reliable with a few hiccups, usually when my wife was in New York City – which is why she got the new Jetta.