Volkswagen Golf Review from Denmark

1997 Volkswagen Golf Joker Variant 1.8

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance306000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf


No fuzz, just a car


Starter engine collapse.

Doors and locks freeze in winter.

Rust in doors and front fenders.

Radiator leaking badly.

Heating system corroded/replaced.

General Comments:

- Variant/estate is very roomy. Larger load space than most in its class (ex. Audi A4). Just throw in whatever you want, like construction materials, furniture, family, a tuba... at the same time.

- Bad on fuel these days. 10 Km = 1L.

- Uses and leaks oil.

- Starts every day without hesitation, even in the danish rain/frost/snow winter.

- Not affected by a trailer.

- Forget about being Nikki Lauda; the engine's too slow and the suspension is too comfy.

- Bucket seats are not my favourite. The '95 model had better seats.

- Simple tech - fix it with a hammer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th February, 2012

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review