1979 Volkswagen Golf GLD 1.5 IDI diesel from Australia and New Zealand
A cheap reliable safe and fun piece of engineering brilliance
Electrical system has had a few problems due to previous owners dodgy wiring.
Interior was in poor condition when I got the car, but with looking after it keeps well.
Car was still running original shock absorbers at 250000km.
Gets the best economy of any small car I know apart from newer diesel Golfs.
This car is underpowered, though a 2" exhaust helped things a little.
The car is still a joy to drive, is extremely stable and has light steering.
Tire wear and handling improved markedly when I put some alloy wheels on the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th May, 2004