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Re: mileage "limits" for an '87 16V? (sheetone)

The last '87 GTi 16v that I purchased had roughly 227K on the original motor (never opened) - IIRC, I paid $600. The one before had 165K on the clock which cost me about $1300 a few years prior. I raced that motor for 2 years before it swallowed a valve which was more a function of Intersport Performance than anything else.
145K isn't outrageous for an '87 car - 14 years/145K miles is only about 10K miles/year which is quite low. As with most cars, especially VWs, maintenance is critical - if the car is well maintained, then it's probably worth the $3K. If the car has been a "kid's" car that's been thoroughly thrashed, run away.
 
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