The thing is though, the entire cost of maintenance on the Jetta, in the past 15 years, has been that I replaced the fan assembly two years ago for a few hundred bucks. And that's it. Nothing else has ever needed work. So that plus oil changes.
The thing basically has no electronics. It's got a tape deck for god's sake.
The paint on the outside is disintegrating. Not chipping, but just wearing away from friction with the air at the leading edge of the roof.
The powertrain is still rock solid... and the thing is fun to drive. It was the first and only new car I ever owned.
This past fall, the AC died in it. I think the compressor is bad.. But I'm debating whether it's worth getting it fixed. I'll probably take it in and have them figure out what the deal is, and then decide. The car can't really be worth much at this point, and I'd like to have a new car, since every car has electronics that are virtually magical these days.
But part of me is still like, "WTF. You can't just throw a car away. IT'S A CAR. DRIVE IT FOREVER." And the damn Jetta seems happy to oblige for the time being.