Taken January 2008 Since we purchased the car, it has been extremely well maintained. I'm sure that more abuse was done to it in the first 5 years of its life than in the last 16. Oil has been changed every 3,000 mi along with new factory oil filters. The car was given finally given a $2,500 paint job 4 years ago after another minor accident, when a lady crossed out of her lane on a 90 degree bend and into us. She basically ripped most of the skin off the left rear door. Thankfully, all the damage was confined to that door only. Unfortunately, even after the repaint, the car still lacks a clearcoat and the red paint fades incredibly quickly. Next time around, the car will definitely receive a quality 2 stage PPG paint job.The Jetta currently (1/10) has 208,xxx miles on it. But looking at the car, and even inspecting it more closely, one would never know this. And driving it reveals that the body is still very tight, no weird rattles and creaks. It is one of the cleanest A2's around. As soon as something breaks, I try to replace or repair it. Also, I've been catching up on things that have been wrong for years. For example, I recently replaced the bad power switch in the passenger side Recaro seat that hadn't been working when dad bought the car.It is, without doubt, a work in progress. I'm continually improving the car and I have big future plans for it (a preview can be seen on page 3). As part of that process, I'm looking to strip the car down to a bare shell and do a complete body restoration. Of course, this won't happen until the car is no longer my daily driver. I'm hoping this will be within the next 2 years and I'm looking for an E36 M3 as my new DD.