1985 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1985 Volkswagen Golf 1.6 55kw from Serbia

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 55kw Manual
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Best car ever

Faults:

I had passed 207000km and car works fine, only at 150000km I had repair wather pump.

General Comments:

This is the best car ever made, little price of repairs, enterior is good, seats are comfortable, in one word, best.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2006

1985 Volkswagen Golf 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles

Summary:

FANTASTIC!

Faults:

When I first bought the car I had the timing belt replaced, the transmission flushed, and the coolant serviced all based on mechanic's suggestion.

General Comments:

I bought this car for 700 dollars and what I got out of it was incredible. This was my first car and I was really only looking for a cheap, fun vehicle that I could use for my last 2 years of high school. It was nothing short of fantastic from the day I bought it until the day I sold it. After those things I replaced when I bought the car I never had to replace a single item other than windshield wiper blades! This car was extremely fun to abuse. My friends and I had so much fun taking it out to the gravel pit and just sliding all over the place. That little car took a major beating from how we would drive it and yet nothing broke. In fact I never even changed the oil once! It never burned oil or anything. Overall I think that anyone who is looking for a super fun car (but not a luxury car) should just go out and find a one of these and just buy it. Trust me, it's AWESOME!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2006

1985 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Faults:

Seats started to crumble soon after I bought the car.

Power steering failed after 91,000 miles.

General Comments:

The power steering stopped working and had to be replaced. The seats started to fall apart. But I had both faults repaired and apart from that nothing ever went wrong with the car.

I bought it for £2,300 and sold it for £1,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2005

1985 Volkswagen Golf Base 1.9 gas from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 gas Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles

Summary:

A fine economical car, with acceptable cargo room

Faults:

The passenger's door failed to open due to a faulty opening mechanism.

The auto failed to start thanks to a fouled fuel injector.

General Comments:

The car was sprightly in lieu of the three speed automatic transmission.

It handled tremendously well, as is expected from a German car.

The paint was mediocre, at best, and a degree of seam rust was appearent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2005

1985 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.8i from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired228000 miles
Most recent distance233755 miles

Summary:

Amazing old timer with great performance

Faults:

Alternator needed to be replaced.

Slight oil leak.

General Comments:

This car still has great amount of torque making it very quick out of traffic lights.

Great around corners - just seems to stick.

Lack of power steering combined with fat tyres makes it tiring during long commutes, especially rush hour.

Air conditioning bogs down the engine if idling.

Surprisingly good mileage - averaged 32 mpg without driving especially hard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2004

1985 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles

Summary:

Top value for money on a second hand car

Faults:

Other than the standard car maintenance of brakes bearings etc. I have found no real faults.

The driver's seat is now quite worn, and has deterioration of the foam cushioning, however, I think that this is to be expected of any car this age with original seats.

General Comments:

Spare parts for Volkswagens tend to be cheaper than many other vehicles.

This car has stiffened suspension, lowered by 40mm and has alloy wheels, but is otherwise original.

The car is wonderfully fun to drive.

The 1.3 engine gives very good acceleration although it does need to be revved in order to get it.

The Mach II Golf has the best styling of all the Golf models.

My top speed is 115 miles per hour, on the flat, and the engine sounded fine with it.

Mars Red (the listed color) to any normal person would be called orange.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2004

1985 Volkswagen Golf C 1.6 diesel from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired229000 kilometres
Most recent distance359000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

An Economical Gem

Faults:

Battery replaced at 240,000 KM.

Rear hatch lock broken at 245,000 KM.

Fuel Pump went at 290,000 KM.

Alternator went at 330,000 KM.

Struts replaced at 240,000 KM.

Struts replaced at 310,000 KM.

Heat Core replaced at 340,000 KM.

General Comments:

My Golf Diesel was a nice cheap car to operate.

Performance was very good and I don't baby a car.

Full synthetic oils were used and made a big difference.

Interior held up beautifully (my BMW 528e interior is just pathetic compared to the Golf at 230,000 KM)

One weakness is the suspension. Always needs attention every few years.

Second weakness is body hardware - latches, locks and door hinges.

Third weakness was rust. Rear hatch fell apart.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2004

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 18 reviews