Everyone has a first car, but there's one ride that feel a bit like everyone's first car: the '98 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition.

As Regular Car Reviews explains, it's the plain, imperfect, affordable, optimistic symbol of a generation of first car buyers, the feeling of driving yourself to school this morning rather than taking the bus.

And that, as you can tell in this review, comes with some emotional baggage.