1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V - Stock Original Paint VW '88 Survivor

For sale: 1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V

Technical specifications

Item location:
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
GLI 16-Valve Sedan 4-Door
Engine size:
1.8L 1780CC l4 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated
Number of cylinders:
Drive type:
Interior color:
Black/Grey (Recaro Trophy)
Vehicle Title:
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1988 VW Jetta GLI 16V
Original Paint Survivor

'88 Jetta GLI, very stock and original California car in Tornado Red. Three-owner car with history from new. Stock teardrop wheels and Recaro Trophy interior, with working A/C, MFA trip computer, sunroof. Factory 16-valve 1.8, 5-speed trans, 4-wheel disc brakes, front spoiler with brake ducts, and rear lip.

Car was sold at Fairway VW in Placentia, CA (have original window sticker and one of its blue plates), and remained with the original owner until 2011 (103K).

The second owner replaced many pieces on purchase in 2011, including: front struts (and upper bearings), rear shocks (and bumpstops), fuel pump (and pre-pump), fan switch, O2 sensor, fuel filter, brake and upper rad hoses, and did a full alignment. The car also passed a California smog test in 2011.

I bought the car from second owner in Palm Springs in 2012 and drove it home to Winnipeg, Manitoba (about 2000 miles) without issue. In 2012, I replaced all four tires, front and rear brakes (rotors and pads), wiper/headlight switch stalk with correct cruise switch (NOS VW -- a small fortune), CV boots, and a door handle. In 2013, I replaced the Bosch fuel pressure regulator, timing belt and tensioner.

I have receipts for all of the 2011 -- 2013 service items mentioned above.

I took the car on an extended trip from Winnipeg to Mosport in summer 2013 (about 3500 miles), without any issues. It's been stored indoors and not driven during all of its Canadian winters, and only been driven a few hundred miles over the summers of 2014 and 2015.

Paint appears to be all-original. Paint and plastic bumpers/wheel arches had some fading when I got it, but on polishing the paint and treating the plastic it came out very nicely. A couple of minor dents and scrapes, but nothing major. Original teardrop wheels look very nice.

Similarly, interior looks original with very nice factory Recaro trophies showing some driver's bolster wear. There is a crack in the mid-dash trim piece, rear headliner is sagging a bit (trim piece loose), a few coffee stains on carpeting, there is non-factory tint on the rear windows, and a period-correct but aftermarket stereo system installed (I have receipt from the install in the early '90s). Package tray is non-original, but I've bought a stock used one to include. I also have a used Heidelberg VII head unit (no code) that could be included if buyer wants it.

Known issues:
- Car is optioned with the rare factory cruise control, and still has all of its cruise parts intact, but the cruise does not work.

- In summer 2015, car developed a bit of a low idle in the city from time to time, only when the A/C is turned off. I think it's probably a sensor issue, but have not had time to trace it.

- Odometer has seemed to rack up mileage slowly since midway through my 2012 trip home. Probably needs the typical gear replacement. It now reads mid-119K, but likely has more like mid-120K's on it.

- Driver's side parking light is a bit rotated, front/rear spoilers are slightly loose on passenger side, and there is an abrasion on the rear bumper.

- There is a period car alarm installed that seems to drain the battery if the car sits more than about 48 hours. I've taken to disconnecting the battery if the car is going to sit more than overnight, but plan on removing the alarm soon if car doesn't sell immediately.

Shipping:Car is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, about 400 miles north of the Twin Cities. I plan on driving the car to Brainerd this May 27 -- 29 for the SCCA meet, so it can be seen there for anyone near the Twin Cities.
Car can be picked up in Winnipeg, Manitoba (about 60 miles north of the US border with Pembina). I'd be happy to drop it off at a shipper of buyer's choice here in Winnipeg, but buyer will need to arrange the shipping.
I may be willing to drive the car to the buyer in exchange for the cost of fuel/hotel/flight home, depending on distance and my schedule. If interested in this, please contact me before purchasing to see if it makes sense given my schedule and the costs of delivering it.

Price & Payment:Price of $5800 is firm, but I'd consider dropping it if buyer does not want the stock wheels and tires. Would also consider trading the car plus cash on my end for a Mk I Scirocco, Mk I GTI, or Corrado VR6 in similar condition, or an Audi Ur in any condition.

Non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 via Paypal due on purchase. Full payment by wire transfer or cash/USPS money order in person due within 7 days of purchase.

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