The Volkswagen Jetta, first produced in 1979, has acquired a reputation for being a reliable, durable, mid-size family vehicle. Originally created as a Volkswagen Golf with a conventional trunk and a bit of styling, it has been marketed with a huge variety of customized features. The Volkswagen Jetta has even been sold worldwide under a variety of names, most resembling different christenings for various winds including the Jetta, the Vento, and the Bora. It has received multiple upgrades and improvements over the years both to the design and to the power and size of the Volkswagen engines.
1.8 liter Volkswagen engines have appeared in almost every released version of the Jetta, and this was among the most sought after engine sizes for this car. These sturdy and compact yet powerful 1.8 liter Volkswagen engines have ranged anywhere from 85 hp to a whooping 180 hp in some turbo-charged models. Like most other Volkswagen engines, the 1.8 liter has proven to be long lasting and hard working, and it often out-performs its standard expectations. Still, just like any other machine, these Volkswagen engines too have a lifespan.
Eventually—once its long and illustrious life has come to a close and the time your car spends at the mechanic begins to dwarf its time spent on the road—you will have to begin to think about retiring your faithful, old vehicle and looking into buying a new one.
Or will you?
Before you start browsing the dealers or the used car lots looking for that next jewel, there is one more option to consider. According to experts and manufacturers around the country, a new trend that is starting to take hold is that of opting to replace old, failed Volkswagen engines with good, used ones, available now from more and more auto parts dealers. The idea is that, with new car prices on the rise and an economy on the decline, you can actually save huge amounts of money by keeping the entire body, interior, wheels and tires, etc., of your vehicles—which are usually in acceptable shape and generally not rusted over or too well worn—and simply swapping out only the parts that have begun to give you problems, the Volkswagen engines, with used or rebuilt ones. This makes you the all around winner and, avoiding things such as skyrocketing car payments and high insurance premiums, you end up with a fully functional, trouble free automobile with just as much energy and life as when you first bought it. Another benefit to this method is that it comes almost as close to environmentally healthy recycling as it gets in the automotive world.
Although this process may seem to be costly initially, compared to the price of continuing to repair your old Volkswagen engines for years and years, or going out and financing an entire new or used car, it has been shown in many cases to be the financially savvy thing to do.
To make sure you are getting good used replacements for your Volkswagen engines, make sure the auto parts company you are buying from checks out well with BBB and that it generally has a positive and reliable reputation. It is also important to ensure the company offers clearly defined warranties to protect your replacement Volkswagen engines and give you peace of mind for a long enough period of time. You may also want to ask the company to provide you with vehicle history reports on the used engines to verify their mileage, and to make sure they haven’t had any major problems that might directly affect you. And make sure to compare around and evaluate the company’s cost, labor, and terms & conditions so that you can be sure you are getting what you deserve—the best deal in replacement Volkswagen engines for your car.