1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC 2.8 VR6 from North America


This ain't your father's Volkswagen...<g>


Please recall that I am a sportscar enthusiast, and a Volkswagen fanatic as well. I still own my GTI, and do not use my Corrado as daily transportation. I hope that my admission of that fact will show my desire to be objective upon this review.

These cars run at very high coolant temperatures (mine constantly hovers around 230F in slow traffic). I have replaced the thermostat housing, the secondary coolant pump, and the upper radiator elbow.

Even with so much work, I find that the car is still consuming coolant. I suspect that the head gasket is failing. I have learned that the replacement gasket for the VR6 is much better than the original one. I can only suggest that if you are looking to buy an `early' Volkswagen VR6, it may not be a "bad thing" if the head has been off the car.

The passenger side window closes, but will not seal. It stops about 5mm short of the window seal. Investigation (taking the interior skin off) reveals that one of the cable mounts has broken. Per my local independant VW shop, the mount is a `dealer part'. Per my local VW dealer, the part is not available seperately (they wish to have you spend 500 U.S. Dollars upon replacing the entire window unit.

Battery drain! The US market Corrado was not offered without power windows/sunroof/trip computer, etc.

If you do not drive the car often, you will find yourself not being able to drive at all, due to all of the "luxury" garbage. The trip computer (and the previously mentioned auxiliary waterpump, etc.) drain the battery, even when the car has been shut off.

I bought mine as a `collectors' item'. Since I only drive it two or three days a week, I have often found the electrical system dead.

I must admit.. so many "jump starts" have not yet burned out my car's Central Processing Unit.

General Comments:

In my opinion, the VR6 Corrado is the best car Volkswagen has ever produced. In my humble opinion, every modern GTI or Jetta or Passat with a VR6 under the hood owes its existance to VW's little experiment (ten years ago!) shoving such a wonderful motor into an A2 frame.

Fantastic power, great cornering, wonderful brakes! I can only dream about what the car could do without suffering the burden of all that `luxury' garbage (power locks, windows, sunroof, etc.).

That being said, please consider that even though this particular model is still a Volkswagen-it really requires much more `regular maintenence' than most other Dubs do.

I would reccommend that if you consider an auto as a simple appliance to get you to work, you should ignore the Corrado. I say so because I'm selfish. I wish to see these cars return to the hands of people who would care about them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2002

14th Aug 2004, 12:13

I whole heartily agree with your last comment. there are two few corrado's for people to by them because they look 'nice'. These need to be owned by real enthusiast that will lavish every last pound on it to keep it looking gorgeous before they become collectors items! also don't underestimate a tuned G60, it can hold it's own against a vr6 though probably not as reliable.

1992 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 2.8 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland


VW's finest hour - sublime!


Exhaust fell off!

Broken into twice.

General Comments:

Probably the last truly exciting car to wear the VW badge, the VR6 truly is a dream to own.

The narrow-angle V6 is creamy smooth, yet snarls beautifully as the revs build. It's also plenty quick enough to see off any hot hatch at the lights, as well as give some of the more expensive sports cars a run for their money. Thankfully this car was designed before VW felt the need to make everything weigh two tonnes, and boy does it show!

Handling is awesome, at least on a par with my previous 306 S16. Steering has lots of feel, and the turn in is pin sharp. It will also oversteer on response to a closure of the throttle, yet you have to be an idiot to lose it, such is the feedback and response from the controls.

Reliability has been superb. The exhaust fell off last year, but as the car is almost 10 years old and is fast approaching a six figure mileage, this is not unreasonable in my opinion. The replacement cost was extortionate though, as are all parts for the car. The other problem is that the car seems to attract thieving low-lives who just have to have a go. Thankfully the four point immobiliser has defeated the idiots both times. Didn't stop them destroying the door lock getting in though.

It's not a cheap car to run. Insurance is high, and fuel consumption rarely betters 25 mpg. However, it is one of the most complete cars I've ever owned, doing everything either competently, brilliantly or astonishingly, depending on what you are looking at. It also looks gorgeous.

I would recommend this car to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2001