1996 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.6 petrol (75bhp)
Cheap to own, very reliable engine, always starts and works
Engine problems last summer (2012) = practically no idling at all.
Uses quite a lots of oil nowadays (because of the massive mileage).
The rear shocks freeze in winter.
Trunk door also freezes easily.
Central locking breaks down easily - that's why it's disabled in my Golf.
Rusting began since 350 000; welded twice for passing the MOT.
My dad bought it in 2000 or 2001, first owned by a female.
It has proven itself as a very reliable and surprisingly long-lasting car! Always starts, even in our cold winter (even more than -30C and this car starts like it does in summer).
Handling is quite good, but the original chassis is quite exciting to drive at high speeds (+140km/h -->). The gearbox still works nicely. I think it needs better brakes and ABS, though.
Not a fast car, but the nice torque from this small engine makes it very easy to drive in everyday situations. Fuel economical car (5-6 litres/100km).
Nice and comfortable seats on the GL, but the CL seats are terrible. The original speakers are terrible and have no bass at all.
I've owned the car since 2012. Replaced every shock in the last summer and got the idling problem fixed + "timing belt" (not sure if this is the right word..) replaced. All fine and working, MOT inspector was quite surprised about the condition of my car - it sure has a lots of kilometres to go!
My father once told me about some guy, who drove over 650 000 kilometres on a Variant 1.8 petrol with a manual gearbox. No technical problems, the guy just wanted to upgrade to a newer VW.
I love this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2013