1989 Volkswagen Corrado Reviews

1989 Volkswagen Corrado 16v 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

A rare, forgotten about coupe!

Faults:

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!

General Comments:

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

1989 Volkswagen Corrado 16v 1.8 16v from Belgium

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 kilometres
Most recent distance184000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

A very expensive car to keep

Faults:

As the car had a little electrical problem, I had to buy two batteries.

I had various oil and water leaks.

My head gasket blew at 182000km, and 2000km after this I'm experiencing water leaks again and the engine sometimes only fires on three cylinders when very hot.

Braking disks were extremely worn out, while the car had recently been inspected by a dealer.

I had to change my 4 sets of springs.

I had to replace a bearing, which got literally burned onto the car.

General Comments:

The car looks great, and it can easily mislead you, but look at the engine!It's not much reliable!

The gears are rather hard to shift and the clutch acts a little weird.

With brand new springs and decent tires, the car handles perfectly, but watch the tail!

The engine is very funny, only if it could be reliable...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th November, 2002

1989 Volkswagen Corrado 16v 1.8 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Fast and pretty yet economical and reliable!

Faults:

Rear callipers are starting to stick a little, but it's due for new pads anyway.

General Comments:

I'm wrapped, everything is functioning beautifully, and in excellent condition for 11 years of use.

Fantastic chassis/steering, a nice engine but it needs to be worked hard.... sometimes I miss the low down flexibility of my old 8v Golf.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2000

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews