1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC/VR6 2.8L V6 from North America


A true handbuilt VW sports car that performs great and holds its own against Porsches and BMWs


The heater core failed but was covered under warranty.

The head gasket began to fail and was replaced at 100,000 miles.

I recently replaced my original clutch at 135,000 miles.

The only other major problem has been overheating and blowing/rupturing coolant hoses. I recently replaced the radiator and this has cooled the car dramatically. Due to high heat in the engine bay I now inspect hoses annually for possible preventive replacement.

General Comments:

The car is marvelous. The styling is wonderful and the interior simple and very comfortable. The car is great for long trips or high-speed driving. I would never, ever sell this car. It is one of those cars that has everything you need!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2000

23rd Feb 2001, 21:45

The ruptured hoses may have to do with the recall on the heater core which causes the coolant to boil and may be dangerous. Check with your local dealer to see if that campaign (recall) is still open, if so, have them do it.

15th Apr 2001, 21:15

What else can be done to lower the engine temperature? My 92 Corrado SLC is usually running 230 degrees!

15th Jun 2001, 16:27

I don't know if you would care, but I have a 92 VR6 and I have replaced every part of the coolant problem and it still runs real hot. Now the heater core has gone bad and the dealer is going to fix it so, before you spend any more on the coolant problem, check your heater core, those hoses are expensive! I have had almost everything on that car replaced so if you have any questions kqpc@msn.com.

29th Sep 2004, 04:35

The VR6 engine in a Corrado runs hot due to the confined space it inhabits.

If you want to reduce the oil temperature significantly, fit a Mocal 19 row oil cooler.

About $220 plus fitting.

Also, don't put oil thinner than 15/40 semi-synthetic in it.

Not sure about Fahrenheit temps, but sustained temps up to 108 degrees centigrade are acceptable.

I've seen mine go to 120 degrees when I'm really fleecing it hard round the track.

Then again, I've a 2.9 rather than a 2.8, so it may run a little warmer.