1979 Volkswagen Golf Reviews

1979 Volkswagen Golf GLD 1.5 IDI diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 IDI diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired241000 kilometres
Most recent distance270000 kilometres

Summary:

A cheap reliable safe and fun piece of engineering brilliance

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1979 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance17200 miles
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

A cheap and cheerful Jack the lad with a nice personality

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Brilliant fuel compsumption - 400 miles on £20.00 diesel @ 82p litre. This is a car with personality. Bodywork has only a little rust. I've never had a car that is so economical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2000

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews