1992 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 2.8 from North America


A great sport luxury car for the money


Transmission's 2nd gear syncronizer broke. Water pump failed. Both door handles broke on the same day!

General Comments:

The car is great looking, good performing, and practical. But, it has not been reliable, with the transmission, water pump and both door handles having to be replaced within 3,000 miles of ownership. But, car has that great coach built German feeling and is a lot of car for the money. repairs and maintainance are expensive, however. Comparable, but better all around than, say, a Porsche 944. Has equal interior quality as my Porsche 968. It's a rare sports car that is admired by all and respected by fellow Volkswagen enthusiasts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC 2.8L VR6 from North America


A car only an enthusiast would love


The head gasket started leaking at about 60K miles.

The sunroof only tilts. It no longer slides back and forth. This is a typical problem with Corrados.

I had the drivers side door handle break. This also seems to be a typical problem with Corrados.

The A/C compressor failed at about 50K miles.

The cooling fan motor bearing failed which destroyed both the primary and the slave fan.

Recently, I had an electrical short which burned up the electrical wiring going into the instrument cluster. Luckily the cluster was not destroyed.

General Comments:

Overall, I have been very happy with this car. It is definitely fun to drive. As a matter a fact, I find myself driving much faster and more aggressively in this car than in my Cabrio.

My modifications started as soon as the warranty expired. That was when I installed a suspension kit (H&R sport springs, Bilstein Sport shocks, Neuspeed F, R,upper stress bar). The handling is now quite fantastic, but a little harsh. Oversteer is actually possible when entering a corner. Of course understeer takes over with a heavy foot. The only problem with lowering the car is the lowest point is now my oil pan and the front air dam.

The seats are fantastic. I occasionally do 12-13 hr road trips (stopping only for gas) without any discomfort.

This is definitely an enthusiasts car because as can be seen above, reliability is not very good. That surprised my quite a bit. My brother bought a Golf in 1994 (made in Mexico) and the car has been trouble free. The best thing I ever did was get the extended warranty (which luckily covered most of the repair costs.

The weakest point of this car is the cooling system. It is completely inadequate in my opinion. A large motor with a small radiator is a bad combination. You can watch the oil and water temperatures go up when you ascend a hill or speed past 75ish. Normal oil temperatures for me during the summer (100 F temps) are about 250 F and that is with an additional oil cooler installed. The car has never overheated, however.

This car also devour tires. I've tried different brands and compounds, but they all wear out in about 20K miles no matter how I drive the car. I am now finishing my 5th set.

General maintenance has been very low. I recently did my second tune up (plugs, cap, rotor) at 105K miles. The old parts did not look bad at all and the car did not idle or drive bad with the "old" parts.

Even with all the problems, I would never part with the car. It is such a kick-in-the-pants to drive. I still occasionally get comments on the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2002

1992 Volkswagen Corrado G60 1.8 Supercharged from UK and Ireland


A high performance beast


Electric window controller went at around 80k

Electric mirrors failed at around 85k

Back box an mid section of exhaust replaced at 80k, very expensive.

General Comments:

The car is fast with ranging performance. Its not that quick off the line, but once it develops revs. it really motors. In a different league to your average hot hatch, even by todays standards. It handles very well, but you must use decent tyres. Its very solid and despite being 10years old, I still get lots of looks and people often comment on the car. Why haveny VW produced something like this recently? The gold is dead by comparison!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2002