1985 Volkswagen Golf 5 door hatchback 1.8L gasoline from North America
Enjoyable car with quirks, yet fine road manners
Muffler at 60k.
Brake linings at 75k.
Alternator at 80k.
Spark plug wires at 80k.
Rusting at door windowsills at 10 years.
Tie rod ends at 100k.
Seat cushions splitting at 120k; re-glued and were fine (see comments).
Radiator replaced (upper hose connector had been cracked by repairman) at 125k miles.
Regular use of fuel injector cleaner is a must.
Regular inspection / replacement of distributor rotor is a must (every 25-30k miles).
Excellent car and fun to drive. Also fun to maintain oneself, and various repairs were mostly easy.
Purchased new. On the hatch the rear wiper washer was a big help. Installed my own stereo system. Optional OEM sound systems were way overpriced in that day. The key was not needed to listen to the stereo when parked as the wiring was fused but not key-switched. Stereo on, hatch open, picnic site sound system provided!
Plastics and vinyl noticeably better than most cars of its time. No vinyl cracks or weathering after 11 years of ownership.
Steering was always spot on and excellent in snow.
Smooth ride at 80 MPH, though noisy at that RPM, 3 speed automatic.
Tweed seat fabric wore like iron. Seats were very comfortable.
Occasional slight adjustment of seat-back angle hand wheel made long drives comfortable. A good travel car.
Seat foam started to split after about 9 years. Removed seat covers, glued foam back together with foam adhesive, and they worked fine for the remaining 3 years of ownership.
Huge cargo capacity for the car's size when the rear bench seat was folded down.
Was totaled by Chevy Suburban (big SUV) rear ending me whilst stopped at a traffic light. She was going at least 35MPH.
I was safe, few bruises. Was the only passenger, though those in the passenger and rear seats would have been safe as well. Solidly built. 15 years since I owned it, but wistful for those days
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th February, 2014