1977 Volkswagen Golf N 1.1 from UK and Ireland


Surprisingly very poor


Petrol gauge and temperature gauge stopped working.

Carburetor kept silting up.

Driver's seat wore out (really cheap and nasty seat material), three-door car - back passenger window seal went and rotted the bodywork away, so there was always a half-bucket of water in the rear foot well if it rained. And finally... head gasket failure on the original AND the second-hand, low mileage replacement!

General Comments:

Where did VW's reputation for build quality and excellence come from? I liked the look of the car, although as the base model it was really poorly equipped (no rear wiper; no passenger door mirror). But cheap and nasty materials (stalks felt like they would snap off at any time), thin seat material, leaks, poor rust proofing, electrical gremlins. I used to go to the local scrap yard for stuff at a time when you could just wander around and pick the parts off yourself. The number of MK1 Golfs with no accident damage, just clapped out, was incredible.

Performance wasn't too bad for a small engine and it handled well for a FWD car. And it was in black. Best I can say about it really.

Had a Golf hire car in 2010. Obviously better than the first generation, but still didn't seem that great.

Made me wary of VW since.

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

Review Date: 17th September, 2016

19th Sep 2016, 05:56

I believe VW got their reputation from their 80s and 90s cars. 70s cars I can't comment on as I never owned one, but all Golf and Passat models I owned during the 1980s and 1990s were excellent.

Interesting this is a UK review, but it's also important to note a lot of negative reviews on this site regarding VW come from the USA - quality control suffered a bit on all era of cars there as they built them elsewhere and not in Germany for some USA market cars (but not all).

As for the more modern cars made after the year 2000, again, I had a 2003 Passat and it was fine. Nothing special, but a good car anyway, and definitely felt a more upmarket interior quality wise than say Ford or Vauxhall. And reliability of these cars is only as good as any other - if you look after them, fine, if not, expect breakdowns like any other manufacturer.

1977 Volkswagen Golf GLD 1.6 diesel from Romania


Very good value for the money



Motor rebuilt (price was ~300$)

Steering box replaced

Also small problem with the starter (brushes, bearings replaced); BTW if your starter isn't working properly, this is the cause.

General Comments:

Cheap to repair and maintain. Very reliable. Fuel consumption is ~4,5l/100km on motorway, 6l/100km in city traffic.

My top speed was 150 km/h

Very stable on road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2003

1977 Volkswagen Golf 1.1 petrol from Serbia


Waterpump failed after 20 years and 100000 km, some little problems with the carburettor (which is nothing uncommon). I have changed (myself) brake discs, and that's all.

Sure, there are some rust problems, but it was never garaged, so I'll forgive that. :)

General Comments:

Phenomenally cheap to maintain. You can fix everything yourself and you can find spare parts literally anywhere. What to say? It's great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 1999