1989 Volkswagen Corrado 16v 1.8 from UK and Ireland
A rare, forgotten about coupe!
Fuel filter blocked, causing the car to start, but then cut out.
MPG counter doesn't work.
Occasionally when starting, the starter will go about 1 rotation and not start the vehicle, but if you try again, it will be fine!!
O/S/R brake caliper seizing.
When pulling away, you get a clunking, sounds like an engine mount, but haven't got round to changing it yet.
Dipstick and guide were snapped.
Oil filler cap cracked.
Top strut mounts have excessive play.
Engine tends to run a bit hot sometimes; around 90-100 degrees!! Changed coolant; not much change!
OVERALL, QUITE A BIT NEEDS DOING TO THIS ONE!
From reading what's gone wrong with this car, you would think it's not particularly good, but a couple things mentioned are quite common on Corrados, like the brake calipers and the dipstick breaking! In fairness, the reason why it's got these problems is down to improper maintenance.
On the whole, I do like these cars. They're not particularly common, so when you do see one, people do tend to look!
I had been looking for one for about a year. Looked at a couple of G60s, which I found slightly disappointing speed wise, not as quick as I was hoping, so ended up getting a 16v, as I don't think they're that much slower. Then again, they're not that quick either, I just liked them for their rarity and looks. Also, they're pretty damn good ride!
If you're thinking of buying one, a lot of people will try to stitch you up. For example, went and looked at G60 for sale, and he wanted £1900 with 192,000 miles, and it definitely wasn't mint, not even particularly good condition! Bought mine for £1200, which ain't too bad. Admittedly it needs some bits doing to it, but nothing too major! Try and avoid any with missing service history, as this ain't a particularly good sign.
Overall, a pretty reliable car, with ride and looks to match!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th April, 2006