1986 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.8 petrol


Reliable, uncomfortable and cheap to own


The old Golf 2's have a rust problem.

I had to change two doors, and weld together a hole in the floor to get it approved for another two years.

Other than that nothing broke down. Straight through a solid car.

General Comments:

The Golf 2 is a really cheap car. Both to buy (used) and to own.

Even though consumable items, wear and tear items that is, needs changing from time to time, these parts are so cheap that you almost won't notice the cost at all.

When it comes to comfort the car is a total nightmare. I have never owned nothing so close to a piece of metal with 4 wheels and a motor attached to it. There was NOTHING on it. I mean, that's wrong to say, because it had a heater. And windshield wipers!

Sorry, I started out a bit harsh here. It actually has got 2 things on it, heater and windshield wipers.

Other than that, nothing. Not even a power steering (servo).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st July, 2010

1981 Volkswagen Golf Formel E 1.1 E


An alternative for beginners


Broken seal in master cylinder. (Costs too much to fix. The seal costs about 1/1000 of the repair costs.)

Clogged carburettor. (I'm using the manual chock.)

Engine coughs up oil into the air filter.

Lots of rust!!

General Comments:

This is my first car, but I've driven quite a lot of different cars, and I can't really say that this one ranks on top. Since it's going to the junkyard soon, I'm raping it all I can just to squeeze the last drops of life out of it. The handling is OK, but could be better. Everything is stock. The interior is quite nice and is probably what's most preserved about this car. I bought the car from an old lady who only used it for grocery shopping in the weekends and such. The engine is actually quite powerful if you stop paying attention to the economy meter and just drive by the sound of the engine.

BTW; Volkswagen tries to such every penny from you. I went to the local certified auto shop, and with me I had my Haynes manual. The manual clearly stated what was wrong (there was only one alternative) and the guy behind the counter started talking about expensive repairs and that this and that was wrong. I knew what was wrong, but the guy behind the counter claimed the manual was wrong. Later on we fixed the problem. The guy behind the counter was wrong. What an idiot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th September, 2002

1998 Volkswagen Golf GL Variant 1.9 TDI 90


Head light switch and side airbag (left) replaced and paid by dealer after warranty expired. Otherwise no problems at all.

General Comments:

Very powerful and economical turbo diesel engine. Well build and solid as a rock.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 1999

1999 Volkswagen Golf Highline 1.6


Where do I begin? Lets see.... speedometer, climatronic, front wheel bearing, exhaust leak, door sealing, locks, power window, numberplate light, paint, rear suspension. I think that was most of the stuff. All this in 6 months.

General Comments:

The car drives great, although a little underpowered. It has a great design, and a lot of equipment. It's a shame the quality is not up to the rest of the car. I would buy a VW again though. I believe VW only has temperary quality problems with the Golf and Passat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 1999