There were the two Baja Bugs, the type 181, the diesel Rabbit, td Caddy, td Quantum, Jetta Mk4 TDI, two td Vanagons, a Mk1 Jetta diesel coupe, and now the Rialta.
I love it. It's a '96 in really nice shape inside and out that I got for an even 10k.
The p.o. kept scrupulous records on it and I know every time this rig has been in the shop for the last 19 years.
The 10-year-old tires look great but I've been behind the wheel in an old RV when first one of the rear duals blew out at 70mph and then one of the fronts let go 200 miles down the road. I learned my lesson. Those tires looked great too! Needless to say the new ones are on order.
The majority of my VWs have been diesel ( I love 'em!) And actually I'm in the process of building a 1.9 TDI-m engine for my '83 Jetta coupe.
So I got to thinking...the 2.5 gasser in my Rialta is quiet but gutless. Why not replace it with a 2.5 TDI ? Even pulling that great big Rialta the 2.5 would probably return an honest 27-29 mpg and that would be if I installed a bigger turbo, injectors, intercooler, etc. which would give me 200hp and 250 lbs. of torque.
Surely I can't be the only person who's ever considered this.