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Want to buy Jetta but has set for two years, what will I do

My car has 61000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A good way to protect yourself in a used car transaction is to request a pre-purchase vehicle inspection. That inspection, carried out by a certified Mechanic, dispatched to your location, will give you very specific data regarding any current problems that the car has. If you are starting a vehicle that has sat for two years, you will need to buy a brand new battery that is fully charged prior to installation, so that you do not needlessly load the alternator. Change the engine oil and filter. Ideally, you should pressurize the oil system prior to starting, otherwise you will be starting the engine with bearings and valve train essentially dry. If gasoline was left in the fuel tank for 2 years, the tank would have to be thoroughly drained of the old gas. Two year old gas will not start an engine. The fuel filter should be replaced and it is preferred (but optional) to remove the fuel injectors from the fuel rail and send them to a lab such as Mr. Injector for ultrasonic cleaning on a machine. During such service, the filter baskets in the injectors are removed and replaced with new filters, and then injector output and spray pattern is measured and documented. The other major issue is typically rust and corrosion in the brake system causing the brakes to be at best sticky and, at worst, rusted shut. The brakes might need to be disassembled and restored if they are rusted shut or sticky. Those are the two principal problem areas, fuel and brakes. Additional faults could come into view once the vehicle is actually running. If you want the vehicle inspected for any and all deficiencies, right at your location, please request a pre-purchase vehicle inspection and the responding certified mechanic will address all of your concerns. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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