1993 Volkswagen Corrado Reviews

1993 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 2.8 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 325is

Summary:

Sexy and the sound of a VR6!

Faults:

Sunroof, wheel bearings.

General Comments:

The best VW ever made by far. The Corrado VR6 is the best one to own. Sound, looks rare, are hard to beat. If only VW would build a car today like this one. The Corrado VR6 is the best front wheel drive car ever built.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd December, 2009

1993 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 2.9 from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.9 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Corrado

Summary:

Best car ever

Faults:

Not much - needed new suspension all round, plus oddly a relay blew.

General Comments:

I love driving / owning this car. It really is a pleasure. Aqua blue with black leather - well done Karmann.

The engine is a dream though a tiny bit thirsty on oil & fuel. Worth looking for a well owned one and become a member of the C club :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2009

1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6 2.8 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

If you get the opportunity to own this car once in your life DO IT.

Faults:

The seller thought there was a leak in the molding and dropped the price. It turned only to be leaves gathered in the engine well, stopping up water and flooding the passenger side... my bonus.

The strut mounts had gone bad. A common repair with high miles.

The a/c didn't work, and after a $300 recharge and check, I discovered on my own it was the fan control module behind the glove box. Common problem with the VW's and a $20, 20 minute fix.

The heater hose cracked. Not a cheap part from the dealer, but can be purchased after market for about half.

The sunroof track broke. A painful fix to remove the headliner and just about all the trim pieces to get to it. As anybody who's done this kind of work knows, it's impossible to tell what type of clips are holding trim on until you've broken them off... then it's too late. Be careful.

Sunroof headliner fabric sagging. This is a nuisance.

Fog lamp lenses were cracked when I bought it. The hella replacements are a fortune, but check around for cheap fog lamps with similar lenses. With some good aluminum caulking they can be a good substitute.

Turn signal switch broke. Expensive, but easy fix.

Fog lamp switch broke.

General Comments:

VW makes a quirky car, there's no doubt about it. A finicky driver will get frustrated by all the little annoying things that go wrong with the car. A true enthusiast will absolutely LOVE this car, despite the quirks. It handles great. It drives great. It's super comfortable on the short hop and the long haul. VW was ahead of it's time with features like heated seats and auto down windows. The performance is great... for it's time (it pales in comparison to today's pocket rockets, but it's still a mega-head turner). I get offers for purchase and when my wife drives it she's always getting attention from eurosport-heads. If you don't mind minor repairs and electrical frustrations monthly, this is a car worth owning.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2005

29th Jul 2006, 19:19

Great review. I own a '92. I have to question your statement of it "pailing in comparison to todays pocket rockets" however. I consider a pocket rocket to be any sub-compact to normally not exceed 30k. While there are some that perform better (R32 for one), many of them really don't.

18th Oct 2006, 20:38

Yeah, I have a 92 SLC VR6 and I smoke pocket rockets all day long.

17th Jan 2007, 10:04

I agree with many things you say.. I own the VR6 in "Undeniable Virility and Adrenaline in a Car".

I agree with the other comments though.. I can smoke just about any other pocket rocket out there. The only one I cannot touch is the Subaru Impreza... not surprised at all of course. maybe you need a "Mod" chip or a K&N air filter. Respectfully, Either way your aren't driving it to it's full potential. Great review.

20th Jan 2007, 19:41

This will make Subaru owners upset... I've raced a couple of non-STI WRX's on the highway from 60mph on. Starting side by side, they cannot pass me in my stock VR6. I'm sure it would be totally different at a red light. However, the VW has less drag and friction (only 2wd) than the Subaru which accounts for it's relative high-speed performance despite a horsepower deficit.

22nd Mar 2007, 06:57

I guess I need to clarify my comment about the "pocket rockets" based on my experience. When I went to pick up the SLC in Pennsylvania, I drove a buddies car there... a Subaru STI, with performance mods! So, stepping out of that and into this otherwise cherry Corrado left that impression on me.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 17 reviews