1980 Volkswagen Golf Reviews

1980 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carDatsun 120Y

Summary:

The original hot hatchback

Faults:

Upholstery decayed at an alarming rate.

Brake pads had to be replaced at 57,000 miles and again at 72,000 miles.

Clutch was excessively worn and had to be replaced at 64,000 miles.

General Comments:

A very reliable small family hatchback.

Also great fun to drive.

Good value for money at £1,900 for a sporty six year old hatchback.

Held its value and was worth £850 by the time it was a decade old.

Comfort and interior space were also good.

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

Review Date: 15th April, 2006

1980 Volkswagen Golf GL Diesel 1.6 litre diesel (non turbo) from South Africa

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 litre diesel (non turbo) Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance430000 kilometres

Summary:

A reliable workhorse!

Faults:

The clutch was replaced under warranty at 40000 km. At 210 000 km the clutch was replaced again and I also fitted a rebuilt gearbox at that stage.

General Comments:

One of the best cars I've ever owned. Reliable, extremely economical, and it was always a pleasure to drive. Dealer service was used throughout the life of the car and it was a pleasure dealing with the VW dealers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2005

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews