I put 213,000 far from trouble free miles on an 84 GTI; Diamond Silver just like this trashed eighteen thousand dollar Rabbit, but the red interior. Slapped together in Western PA 8/83. $8400, no AC.
Fun? Of course. Light, peppy, and with a shock upgrade that was a great little car to row the gears in.
The build quality was horrendous. The windshield frame rusted through in 3 years. Right below the left lower corner of the windshield? The fuse box. With an antenna wire as wick, and A pillar rust hole filling relays full of water. I had a fuel pump relay, spare 4 and 5 prongers in the glove box along with a spare ignition module or two. The headliner fabric detached itself when rolling the window after 6 months. VW spend 10 grand or more in warranty and goodwill. Whatta POS.