1999 Volkswagen Bora 2.3 V5


• Great interior 
• Only 49,960 miles
• Low mileage
• Dry stored for 9 years 
• 2.3L V5 engine

The Background

The Bora was introduced in 1999, it is the fourth generation of the Jetta and the successor to the Vento. The name carried on the ‘Wind’ related theme previous generations, Bora being an intermittent wind over the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The Bora retained the suspension set up of its previous models but was softened to give a more comfortable ride. 

The Fourth-generation model was manufactured using highly mechanised presses, improved measuring techniques and laser welding. As a result, it received very good test results in crash tests and went on to receive five out of five stars in the New Car Assessment Program tests for a frontal impact at 35 mph. 

The History

This car was purchased in an auction of the previous owner’s estate after his unfortunate demise. The car was laid up in a barn for the past 9 years where it was protected from the outside elements. 

Before its temporary resting place, the car was used as a runabout for an elderly farmer to use around town and on his land. This might go some way to explaining the low mileage.

The current owner decided to purchase the car seeing it was a good honest example that could possibly serve as a second car for the daily duties, however it has now been decided to pass the car on to. 

The paperwork

Unfortunately, the Bora doesn’t come with lots of documentation as most of it was lost with the previous owner. The car does come with the full suite of owner’s manuals, handbooks and a V5 document. 

The car has also been checked over mechanically whilst it was going through its MOT to make sure it was all up to scratch and in good working order. 

The Interior

Whilst the paintwork might have a few scuffs here and there, the interior of this VW is immaculate. The seats all round show no signs of bolster wear or fraying of the fabric or stitching. The door cards are in great condition with their upmarket wood veneer trim pieces holding up very well and the rear seats, much like the fronts have very little wear. The steering wheel, gear knob and all switches in the cabin are in great condition with very little wear and tear.

The dashboard is free of any discolouration, damage or cracking and fits the same high build quality afforded to the Golfs of the time, this also includes the wood veneer all over the car, being free of any damage or wear. All dials and switches in the control panels in the dash all work as intended and the instrument lights all work too and there is both a CD player and cassette tape deck, both working as intended. 

The carpets throughout the vehicle are in good condition with rubber mats on top of them to protect them from the muddy boots of the farmer who owned the car previous. The headlining is in good condition also with no sagging, discolouration, scuffs or marks. The boot is spacious and in as good a condition as the rest of the car, in here you’ll also find the hazard triangle and first aid kit. 

The Exterior

The exterior of the Bora, which is believed to be ‘Jazz Blau’, still has its luster however there are some scuff marks on the rear quarters and a few minor scratches. The main ones are shown in the gallery below and we’d advise taking the time to look through to get a better idea of the status of the body. 

Whilst the paintwork isn’t going to be winning any concourse trophies anytime soon, there are no dents or panel damage to speak of other than what looks to be some damage to the sill under the driver’s door. It’s hard to make out in the images as it’s below the main bodyline which means it is hard to notice out on the road too, with it not being structural, it’s not going to cause issues to how the car drives. 

The wheels are in ok condition with minimal curbing and lacquer peel, however they do benefit from 4 brand new tyres.

This car would be perfect for a young individual who needs a reliable car to drive daily, in comfort with plenty of features and space whilst also perhaps being the perfect base to individualise and make use of the huge aftermarket scene VWs enjoy. 

Alternatively, the car could be a perfect second reliable daily driver that has everything one would need of a car. They say the only car you’ll ever need is a Golf and having a more upmarket version of a Golf with a boot can only be an improvement on that statement. 

The Mechanics

The 2.3L, 150bhp, 10 valve, V5 engine is in fine fettle, sitting in its recently resprayed bay. There is a hint of colour with the red HT leads neatly tucked into the engine cover, adding a note of sportiness. 

The battery is a new item, and the car starts, idles and drives nicely, the V5 engine being smooth and powerful enough to give the Bora a spring in its step. Everything in the bay looks good with regards to the rubber hoses, wiring and plastic items.

There are no untoward noises or rattles, and the engine has been given a clean bill of health and indeed the car hasn’t failed an MOT since online records began. The current MOT runs out in December 2022 so has a full year before the new owner has to fork out for another test. 

The Bora was based on the Golf platform and as such benefits from its legendary reliability and exceptional build quality from the time. This example has been looked after mechanically and it has never let its owners down. Introduced to be a rival for the 3 series, the Bora might not have reached the status of the Bavarian icon but it’s just as good as its older brother the Golf but with a more conservative ‘grown up’ image. 

The Appeal

This very low mileage example of the VW Bora is a sensible, reliable, well-built, grown-up Volkswagen. It’s not going to set your heart on fire, but it will keep going far longer than most other cars in this price bracket. 

The Bora is the safe bet, the sure thing, the car you get in when you want to relax, knowing that your surrounded by German engineering and conscientious design. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1999
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Bora
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 49,940 Miles
  • Engine size 2324
  • Town West Mersea
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
17 bids
  • Nigelt £2,500 16/01/22
  • Jimmyt £2,400 16/01/22
  • Nigelt £2,300 16/01/22
  • Jimmyt £2,200 16/01/22
  • Nigelt £2,100 16/01/22
  • Jimmyt £2,000 16/01/22
  • Moffet £1,850 16/01/22
  • ikathra•••• £1,750 13/01/22
  • fred.hu•••• £1,600 13/01/22
  • ikathra•••• £1,500 13/01/22

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