1999 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.6 1.6 Gasoline


Comfortable, but unreliable


Air condition compressor is broken. It cost me 400 USD to change with a used one. A new unit is over 1000 USD.

Paintwork is not good. Paint around the door edges looks like it's scratched on purpose.

When the weather is hot, plastic linings around the door is getting loose and impossible to fix it back.

There are lots of rattles all over the car, especially inside the doors.

There is a problem with the wheelchair, it feels like there is 1 cm space when turning.

It was stopping when idle or when cold. Service told it's a common problem and cleaned the engine air intake with a spray and it's fixed.

Air conditioner is noisy and making hissing sounds.

General Comments:

Golf is not a reliable car. After 4 years or 60.000 Km, almost every part tends to break.

It's comfortable and performance is very good. Engine is noisy, consuming over 12 Lt in urban.

There is no road noise.

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

Review Date: 3rd September, 2003

1994 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.8


The most durable and enjoyable car of modern times


Fuel pump broke at 115000 kms.

Rubbers on the front axles (for cornering balance) needs to be replaced often.

General Comments:

This car has the accessories many 0 km cars don't have today. ABS, electric windows and mirrors etc. Excellent driving position and viewing angle, unmatched handling, wonderfully tuned steering, long life parts and better looks than the current Golf are other pluses.

The engine runs smoothly, like a clock after 117000 kms.

Weight-engine power rating is better balanced than the new Golf. I drove the Passat, new Bora (Jetta), Opel (Vauxhall) Vectra, and Seat Leon for long distances, and none of them give the taste it gives.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2001

28th Oct 2010, 09:26

I have an M reg Golf GL colour blue, and it ran out of MOT. So I went to get it an MOT and it failed because there was something wrong with the fuel commission, something like that.

I only paid £170 pound for the car a few days ago so I brought the car back to the MOT place and gave the guy there £20 to pass the car. Now the header tank busted so I paid 20 pound to fix that. So the car is costing me 260 pound LOL. I'm going to sell it for 600 pound LOL.