1986 Volkswagen Golf Wolfsburg 1.8 from North America


Gas miser with a german attitude


Took this car for a test drive, had one owner for 99% of its life with all maintenance records since new on hand. Second owner did several tasteful upgrades; sound system, lighting and electrical, interior and exterior meticulously maintained.

After sitting for quite some time, it sprang to life with one easy turn of the ignition key, ran beautifully, and had loads of power for a 25 year old 1.8L engine.

After reading all the reviews of this car, I didn't hesitate to pay close to the asking price. Lots of kicks for a fraction of the price of a newer model car that would cost a bundle.

Looking forward to racking up some miles at outrageous speeds.

General Comments:

Seems to have aged very graciously.

Felt very solid and stable for its age.

Goes to show that a few minutes every weekend or so can keep a car in such good condition.

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

Review Date: 9th April, 2011

1986 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.8 petrol from Norway


Reliable, uncomfortable and cheap to own


The old Golf 2's have a rust problem.

I had to change two doors, and weld together a hole in the floor to get it approved for another two years.

Other than that nothing broke down. Straight through a solid car.

General Comments:

The Golf 2 is a really cheap car. Both to buy (used) and to own.

Even though consumable items, wear and tear items that is, needs changing from time to time, these parts are so cheap that you almost won't notice the cost at all.

When it comes to comfort the car is a total nightmare. I have never owned nothing so close to a piece of metal with 4 wheels and a motor attached to it. There was NOTHING on it. I mean, that's wrong to say, because it had a heater. And windshield wipers!

Sorry, I started out a bit harsh here. It actually has got 2 things on it, heater and windshield wipers.

Other than that, nothing. Not even a power steering (servo).

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

Review Date: 31st July, 2010

1986 Volkswagen Golf Wolfsburg Edition from North America


The best car I've owned; perfect for when the distance is too long on my bicycle


Clutch was practically nonexistent when I got it, but it still worked (sorta). Adjusted the clutch cable persistently, then replaced the clutch cable. Clutch worked OK until one day the entire clutch pedal assembly fell apart. The mounting bracket had cracked! A friend found a pedal assembly and replaced it for me, $70 total.

Brake lights sometimes stay on unless you tap the brake pedal from underneath with your toe. Adjusting the pedals would probably fix this, but it's a quirk I've just gotten used to doing after shifting.

Window tail light mounting had been shattered, found a Jetta window tail light at a junk yard for... uh, free. It fits, but it's upside-down. It lights up, that's what matters.

Odometer/Speedometer stopped working about a year ago during a very cold spell.

Front windshield wiper motor needs to be replaced.

Door handles feel like they could rip off at a moment's notice.

Tape adapter permanently stuck in radio.

Stupid oil pressure buzzer that everyone talks about. I think it may have finally broken, because it doesn't go off any more.

Seats are easily torn from sun damage/age.

Headliner very brittle.

Seals around doors need to be replaced, leaks like a sieve if you go through a car wash.

Paint on roof and hood is gone (doesn't look too bad though, because the car is silver). Previous owner didn't wax or anything.

Replaced distributor cap recently, because the car wouldn't start in the rain. Still a little reluctant to start in wet conditions, but it gets there. Not exactly "safe" to drive in wet conditions until the engine is sufficiently warmed up, because it'll stall when going from a stop.

Had a problem with a shop ripping me off on brakes when I got it. By a stroke of... karma, or something, I bounced the $450 check and never heard from the place. That was almost 3 years ago now.

Inspector also told me fuel pump was leaking, but a local VW mechanic told me not to worry about it.

General Comments:

I got this car in early 2008 for $500 from a coworker, who in turn had gotten it from another coworker for $100. It was the initial coworker's first car, he had it for 7 years. He was the second owner, and drove the bejesus out of it on Philadelphia suburb backroads while commuting to and from college. He didn't take very good care of it, and assumed it was just about dead and sold it to the guy I bought it from for $100, because he was in a pinch when his Mercury Mountaineer clunked out.

That guy replaced the the alternator and one CV axle, drove it for a few weeks, then offered it to me for $500 to break even. I had just sold my 2002 Ford Focus a few months prior and was driving a 1997 Nissan Pickup, and realized I missed the convenience of a hatchback. That, and I'd always loved old VWs and enjoyed driving my girlfriend's 2002 and 2006 Jettas. I was sold.

Most of the aforementioned problems happened within one or two months of me owning it, and were things I expected to happen; remember, the first guy thought the car was ready for the junk yard.

In roughly the past 1.5 years, I've only had to change the oil and replace the distributor cap (free from the junkyard).

Since fixing the clutch pedal issue, this has been a GREAT car. Has never even thought about breaking down.

Survived being borrowed by a recovering heroin addict for 6 weeks!

No rust, despite 1/3 of the paint being gone!

Wonderful gas mileage. Doesn't suck up oil. Keeps up superbly at highway speeds.

Very fun to drive, handles great despite not having power steering.

Spacious, reasonably comfortable interior.

Hasn't even THOUGHT about breaking down. The perfect bare-bones car for around-town errands, and trips within a 100 mile radius.

The money I've spent on this car, especially considering the severity of the repairs needed, is a FRACTION of the cost I spent on little piddly and ridiculously unacceptable repairs on my Ford Focus (like replacing a snapped engine mounting bolt!)

There is a 1986 Jetta TDI for sale up the road, and I'm busy trying to figure out ways to get my wife to let me upgrade.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2010