1986 Volkswagen Golf diesel from North America


Of course it gets great mpg, and for its age it has done its job, but it's time for a new car :)


Lower radiator hose broke.

Water reserve is leaking on the top.

Thermostat issues (changed it 3 times in the past 4 months).

Fuel injectors are getting clogged.

Brake light and blinker fuses keep going out (they actually started smoking).

Glow plug light and E-brake lights are constantly on.

Master brake cylinder went out.

General Comments:

This car is extremely smokey, and I feel sorry for anyone who is driving behind me.

But on the plus side it gets excellent miles per gallon.

It's very slow to get up to speed, especially when entering the freeway.

The interior is descent for its age, although the driver seat is torn and I'm starting to sit on the springs.

It handles fairly well around corners, but it would be nice if it had power steering, especially when backing it up and driving in parking lots.

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

Review Date: 25th July, 2009

1986 Volkswagen Golf City 1.3 from South Africa


It's a good car, but need to sort out the problem


I was driving and the car suddenly just cut out. It won't start and the dash board lights don't go on when switching the car on. There was no noise or shutter when the car cut out. It didn't over heat, as I know it has done before when I am stuck in traffic. The engine seems fine. I think it might be an electrical problem, but can't really place where.

If anyone has had a similar problem, please tell me what you did to fix the problem, as I am wanting to sell the car, but can't do so when it won't start.

General Comments:

Car runs fine.

Over heats when in bumper to bumper traffic.

Uses a lot of oil.

Everything else seems to be fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2009

1986 Volkswagen Golf II series 1.6 diesel from Slovenia


Reliable, fuel efficient and nice -> buy it


Head light only.

General Comments:

The car is fast, nice and big. The engine extremely reliable engine and gear box too. It is also fuel efficient -> +1000km/ tank or 6, 7liters/ 100km but a bit too noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2008

1986 Volkswagen Golf 1.8 from North America




Not really too much.

The electric fuel pump gave me some problems, but was fixed quickly.

The window crank for the front driver side door stripped and broke off.

But not too much more than that.

General Comments:

I love this car.

It is very quick and handles well, even at high speeds.

The fastest I ever had the car going was about 122 MPH, and it handled very well then, and I felt comfortable when going that fast.

It is a 5 speed. I wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't.

I bought the car off of an older lady that I know personally, and the car was owned by her since brand new so it was never beaten. (until I got it LOL).

I have done several modifications to it including:

17" BBS wheels (black)

Lowered 1 3/4".. looks great

Pioneer head unit with 2 12" Pioneer subs and 2 Pioneer 760 watt amplifiers (sounds excellent)

Painted black cherry metallic. Never seen another one the same color, so that's why it's that color.

Cold air intake

Performance chip

Full borla exhaust (2 1/2"). Sounds terrific

I really love the car, and don't plan on ever getting rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2007

1986 Volkswagen Golf wolfsburg Edition 1.8 Gas from North America


A Great car for the $800.00 I spent


Replaced the started.

Had oil pump replaced.

General Comments:

Looks great for 20 yr old car, body in great shape. engine is super clean for the miles, but makes a strange sound when it first starts until it warms up.

Odometer, and trip meter quit working at 211,000 miles.

Oil buzzer/light comes on after prolonged driving and deceleration, but goes off after you step on the gas, replaced the oil pump and sensor, but it still does it. (common among v dubs)

Surprisingly it doesn't use any oil.

Strange that this car is in such remarkable condition for it's age, which makes me think the miles are not correct and that the odometer isn't showing the correct mileage.

I'm inclined to think this car sat for an extended period of time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2006

22nd Sep 2007, 22:13

UPDATE if your oil presser buzzer keeps going off under 2000 rpm's, you MUST replace BOTH oil pressure sensors... total cost for both is $14.00...well worth it to shut the thing up.