Mike Aehle said:Hello, I just found this site. It is great to see other Rialta owners together to share their stories, experiences and ideas. I have had my 95 Rialta for 7 years and love it. Mine has 177,000 miles and runs fantastic. I've been running synthetic oil since I bought it as did the original owner. After many trips to the local VW dealer (lots of frustrations...!) I have settled on a small independent VW repair shop for the mechanical work. They are a couple of guys in about 60 years old that have been working on VW's since the 60's. They know their stuff. If you are ever in the St. Louis area and need VW mechanical work (they don't work on A/C) check out Wolfsburg Inc. Cheers, Mike
I'm about to buy my first Rialta, a 95 model with 68,000 miles. I was wondering what I could reasonably expect for gas mileage?
I always go with the synthetic oil also, good to know I'll be able to get another 100k out of it! I'm curious, is the transmission the original, or did you have to have it rebuilt? I will be putting a new timing belt and water pump on mine as soon as I get it. Any other major things I should look into? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I will give a small piece of advice to anyone interested. A can of Berryman's Chem Tool every 3-4 months in your gas tank (available at the automotive department at any Walmart $4 or $5 I believe) will keep your fuel system, injectors, fuel tank, O2 sensor, throttle body, etc. running clean and help eliminate some of those pesky check engine lights. Clogged injectors KILL gas mileage. Also if you can find a good high flow air filter like a K&N or Fram Air Hog, that will help maximize your MPGs also.