1992 Volkswagen Corrado Reviews

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC 2.8L VR6 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8L VR6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired244000 miles
Most recent distance266000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen 2000 Ford Escort

Summary:

Genre changing

Faults:

Things that have gone wrong with the car, are more or less due to improper repair/care for my specific vehicle, along with a lengthy tour on the road.

When I purchased the vehicle at 244k I replaced:

- Driver and passenger brake calipers.

- Spark plug wires

- Exhaust system

- OEM "basket woven" BBS wheels

- Windscreen

- Shift linkage

- Shift assembly

- Ignition switch

- Cabin/Cigarette/Accessory LCD display fuse blows within days of replacement

- CV boots, joints

- OEM suspension

- US spec Headlights

Currently, at 266,000 miles, the following are issues:

- Spoiler motor shorts out fuse when descending into the hatch from 60mph.

- Brakes need to be updated all around, as they are spongy.

General Comments:

I'll admit, when I first purchased my 1992 Corrado SLC, I was brash and naive. My previous car was the most economical version of the Ford Escort, so naturally when a friend offered this for sale, I chomped at the bit.

Before this car, I had really no knowledge whatsoever of automotive workings, let alone something that needed to be so specifically well maintained.

Although I did invite my own undoing, two years ago I finally managed to make my auto a rough and tumble daily driver.

The Corrado expects to want to be treated better than your lover, for the most part, and you'll go broke catering to both. Parts for this car are harder to find than for my Porsche, and just about as expensive.

It's nice to have something that some people mistake as a Porsche, others as a Scirocco, without the design being terribly dated, and appropriately aggressive. It's not that the car lacks its own identity; people just grasp at straws trying to figure out what the heck it is. However, there is no question that there is a following for this car, but not nearly as fleshed out as a GTi or 911 circuit would be. Corrado owners seem to be the hermits of European car culture, so knowledge is fairly hard to come by.

I've spent a lot of time and money bringing the life back to my vehicle, and I won't trade it for any other. The only car that VW offers that compares to the Corrado, at least in spirit, would be the MkIV Golf R32. I bought one and got my SLC off the road, so that when I have kids, heaven forbid, I can deny them the keys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th January, 2008

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission VR6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired1200 miles
Most recent distance139000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

A destined VW classic

Faults:

Lucky that none of the recalls every broke prior to replacement. Did however replace the heater core, that is the only major replacement that was done to my C. Last year the sliding sun-roof broke and got it fixed right away. The headlight switch has been changed three times, cheap plastic. Replaced the switch that controls the speed-sensitive rear wing. The fog light lenses were also replaced. The driver's seat has begun to show a little wear over time, but I attribute this to wear and tear and purely cosmetic.

General Comments:

Great car! All the money I have put into this car I don't regret one second. When it first came out I had to have one. Like many C owners, I get compliments on how nice the car looks. I regularly maintain my car and that is what I believe the reason it is in good shape. The styling is timeless. Hope to keep it and never get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2004

18th Jan 2006, 12:20

The reason the Corrado goes through the headlight switches so quickly is how they are wired. The power to the headlights goes from the battery, through the headlight switch, and then finally to the headlights. To save your headlight switch, you can wire in relays so the headlight switch is only activating the relay and drawing power more directly from the battery. This will keep your headlight switch from becoming hot and also your headlights will shine a bit brighter because of the less loss in the more direct power.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 12 reviews