1987 Volkswagen Jetta Overview


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1987 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

A budget compact sedan, available as a 2-door or 4-door, the Jetta easily conquered the U.S. market, winning over customers with its blend of optimal performance, reliability, safety, and price. With great gas mileage and few repairs, the Jetta adds up to a practical family car or personal sport compact.

The biggest change in the 1987 Volkswagen Jetta is a new and improved and more powerful engine in the performance-oriented GLI. It gets a 16-valve, double overhead cam 1.8, with 123-hp. Coupled with the already supportive Recaro racing seats in the front, the family sedan Jetta becomes a true road rocket. The 1.8, 4-cylinder, 85-hp engine in the base and GL sedans remains the same.

What makes the 1987 Jetta stand out from other compact sedans is the Volkwagen engineering that combines stiff suspension with tight cornering and an engine that never quits. Combined with the light weight of the car, it handles breezily, but stays firmly planted on the road. Owners of all Jettas, not just the GLI, praise its performance and how fun it is to drive. They also mention the spacious trunk, and that it's very easy to do your own repairs or modifications. Mostly, those who have owned their 1987 Jetta for almost 20 years now are amazed how neither the engine or the exterior ever shows how hard it's been driven. Drawbacks include the plain styling, cheaply-made interior materials, and an uncomfortable driver's seat.


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How Much Should I Ask For My 1987 Vw Jetta?

Mileage is uncertain as the gauge stopped working properly about a year ago, approximately 280,000 miles at most. I replaced the clutch after it was stolen approximately 2 years ago. It was found a st...

643 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 years ago)

Water Behind Passenger Seat, Where From?

When it rains and the car is sitting outsde I don't find any water but when I drive in the rain a spot will show up behind the passenger seat where its very damp, where is it from?

347 views with 3 answers (last answer 4 years ago)
Rob Smith

To Anyone That Can Help Iv Had Bmw Bbs Rims On My Jetta Mk2.will They Fit O...

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469 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 years ago)
Tom Hull

87 Jetta Turbo Diesel 5sp Trans Not Engaging

I was working on my car and had it Idling for a bit and when I went to move it, it wouldn't engage. Cltuch and trans were working fine and both have been replaced a couple of years before. I can hear ...

107 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 years ago)

Conversion Of Sedasn To Tourer

I want to convert my Jetta Sedan to a Tourer. Can any one help me with the details of the structural members to be strengthened before the Top can be removed ?

28 views with 1 answer (last answer 8 years ago)