1994 Volkswagen Corrado 16v 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland
Fast, attractive, and rewarding
Exhaust system continues to give me problems, despite replacing parts at £150 a time.. needs a whole new system I think.
Engine seems to be running badly, but cannot diagnose why.
Quite severe amounts of water coming into driver foot-well when it rains.. this is being looked at soon though.
Bad stone-chipping on bonnet & front of wings.
I had wanted a Corrado for quite a few years.. when I went to buy this one it seemed ideal, but since then I have had a few problems with it. I am slowly trying to put them right, but I will be honest and say its costing me quite a lot of money.
The car is surprisingly economical if you don't treat it like an idiot - I generally try to avoid racing people, and on longer drives you can expect to see figures around 40MPG.. not bad really. Around town, provided you aren't stopping and starting, you can expect to get around 26MPG..
The car is still quite stunning to look at.. for a design that is essentially the best part of 14 years old, people STILL look at my car, and I have been asked about it many times. Quite flattering. I think the quite attractive Blackberry Metallic paint helps :)
Performance wise.. it is really quite quick. The response of power you get when you are sat at around 3000RPM and you put your foot down is really quite excellent.. and it makes a wonderful noise as well :)
Handling is good.. though I don't plan on testing the car to its full potential. The ride is very firm.. a bumpy road can result in quite loud bangs and jolts.
These cars seem to he holding their value reasonably well too..
I would strongly reccomend these cars to anyone.. but make sure you have a full and detailed service history with receipts for everything - it is so easy to get caught out on these cars, as many people do not look after them. And make sure you join the VW Corrado Owners Club.. their advice has been a great help, and has saved me a fortune.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2002