Volkswagen Golf Review from Malta

1988 Volkswagen Golf GTD 1.6 turbo diesel

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired244700 kilometres
Most recent distance258500 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 405


Fast, reliable and economical... and gents, you will be getting a Panzer, not a car!


Not much went wrong actually. I replaced all the rear braking system and a new steering rack.

General Comments:

Well, I wish VW built cars like these again. I mean, this car is so reliable, and having a 1.6TD, it is really fast when the turbo kicks in and also very economical. It returns 60 MPG in urban conditions - driven carefully.

Although mine was bought in a not very pleasant state, the solid German quality is still there when compared with my previous Peugeot.

Being a GTD, it looks much like a GTi from the outside with the same kit etc... it also sits 5 people quite comfortably.

Remember it is an old diesel, so it is very noisy, but much more reliable than what they are building today.

Handling; I cannot say it is better than my previous Peugeot, because it is not, and not as comfortable either, but much more reliable and better built for sure.

I would recommend this car, because it was built to last forever, and if taken care of, it will out last you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2012

29th Jul 2012, 16:26

60 MPG in city driving? Are you sure about that?

Even the new TDI VWs don't get that...

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review