Volkswagen Derby Review from Sweden

1979 Volkswagen Derby LX 1.3

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carVolvo 245


Not a real car..


The gearbox is a pile of crap. I'm on my second now!

The engine is not any better. The valves sound like snare-drums.

Rust is also a big problem, especially in the wheel openings.

General Comments:

The back seat is not big enough for a smurf, and the front seat is not much better.

Though the trunk is huge!

It handles O.K.

However, an used Opel Kadett C is a much better buy!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th October, 2001

26th Nov 2001, 01:17

I am a 19 year old owner of a Volkswagen Derby and would like to add some of my one experiences.

If you need parts, no matter what, there is a 90% chance that they still have them in your country (even in the original box) contary to a 9 year old Opel Omega f.e.

My Derby might be 25 years old, but the acceleration is pretty fast.

And you have to admit he is adorable (cioute).

Unfortunately some the disadvantages are relevant.

Average review marks: 3.6 / 10, based on 1 review