Volkswagen Derby Review from Norway

1978 Volkswagen Derby LS 1.3

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles

Summary:

Manufactured perfection!

Faults:

I have merely changed the dynamo. That's all.

General Comments:

This is a most beautiful, sympathetic, nice, economically clever car! I simply love it! And I have been a Derby-owner for two years now. I would want no other car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2004

21st Jan 2006, 18:56

I owned a Volkswagen Derby LS in the mid 90's. I can't possibly believe that someone could like it. Oil leaks, faulty ignition, drive shafts. It is horrible to drive, the seats feels like wood. The only good thing about this car is low fuel consumption.

10th Nov 2007, 13:40

I owned two of these cars both in Mars Red both S plate 1978 models and both with 44000 miles on the clock when I bought them. I found them really nice to drive compared with the usual offerings available at the time.

This has encouraged my interest in VWs and I have been the proud owner of a VW Scirocco Mk1 VW Vento 2.0GL automatic, VW Polo on a J plate and also the 1997 model---this was the least reliable and had a new clutch at 66000 and also the ECU unit which was another £400. Now I have a VW Golf GTI Mk3 and that is great fun.

We also have a Skoda Fabia Silverline which is a brilliant, but cheaper VW with a different badge.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review