1978 Volkswagen Golf Review

1978 Volkswagen Golf GLS 1.6lt (CARB) from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6lt (CARB) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired258000 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore


A quaint little pocket rocket


I bought the car for $200, and as can be imagined, it was in bad shape. None of the electrics worked, the brake lines where rotted through, and the suspension was so bad, the car would still wobble from the speed hump you passed a kilometer back.

General Comments:

The simplicity in the Golf's design made it quite easy to repair from home, with the aid of a technical manual. The golf in full working order is a formidable machine for it's size, the GLS (which preceded the GTI) is a fast and well balanced machine, using a twin barrel carburettor to to fling the 850kg machine to 100km/h in about 8 seconds, not bad for the "People's Car." The VW is spacious enough inside to fit 2 adults of 6 ft very comfortably and has plenty or carry space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2002

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 1 review