Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Bora saloon?
You may think that VWs are safe and sound, but there are a few things to look for. Be careful of the 1.8-litre petrol engines, for a start. They have a nasty habit of throwing off their timing belts once they have passed 70,000 miles. It's not just the belt you'll have to replace; you'll need to shell out for a new engine, too.
The 1.6-litre engine can also suffer timing belt troubles at an even earlier mileage, although the consequences are nowhere near as severe.