1982 Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.8 from UK and Ireland
This car has serious GRIN factor. How much more can it take!
Various small electrical problems. Steering rack attachment cracked at 155,00 miles and a little bit of rust here and there.
The punishment that this car has taken is not normal - like tearing up a beach for 3 hours - it used a lot of petrol - towing trailers - the car has traveled at least 70,000 miles with a trailer, with at least three motocross bikes on board and also one load which one of which weighed 1.5 tons. Since reaching 300,000 miles things have become easier - the car now no longer goes out in winter and other than regular servicing has had no other parts than a thermostat. This car has never had the head removed nor any internal engine part replaced yet still gets a good trashing every time it goes out (the rev limiter is very regularly tested). All of this must be a testament to fully synthetic engine oil which has been used in the car since I got it. Overall, I am amazed at how much punishment a car can take and still come back with a very big smile looking for some more, which is a good description of how I feel when I step out of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2003