1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 1.6 petrol


It helps to be mechanically minded to own one


So many things, but it's 36 years old so it's kind of expected.

One CV joint has worn out.

The right rear wheel bearing has worn out.

The windscreen squirter stopped working.

The voltage regulator stopped doing its job.

Worn drivers door hinges had to be replaced.

All rubber windscreen seals had to be replaced.

The fuel gauge needed grounding to work properly.

The drivers door window regulator lost its teeth.

General Comments:

I use this car as my daily driver to and from work, both summer and winter here in Ireland. I've found it to be reliable enough. I've only ever been stranded when I ran out of petrol once due to the dodgy petrol gauge.

The heating system is good when it gets going, but you freeze for the first 10 minutes of your journey! I'd recommend an eberspacher heater for anyone using this car year round.

I'm constantly amazed at how well this car starts in the mornings. It's instant with no hard cranking needed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2009