1987 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.8 from UK and Ireland
A great looking, solidly built town car
I had the usual Solex 2e2 carburettor problems (slow/fast idle, cut out…), eventually I found a knowledgeable and patient mechanic (expensive, but worth it) …
Radiator leaks (replaced), metal coolant pipe developed a hole.
Exhaust boxes replaced.
Switch problems; full beam indicator light malfunction –dashboard indicator light was fitted (this was so bright it constituted a hazard to myself) ; the windscreen water pump is also operated from a dashboard switch.
Heater director cable and rear windscreen wash not working.
One window stuck, one door handle replaced.
Used as a second car, I have done 34,000 miles in eight years. Auto box (3 speed) means it’s a great town and short journey car; however kick down only works up to about 40-45 mph, which is annoying. Haven’t changed the auto fluid- top up only (when do I need to change?)
Lack of power steering is a problem for my wife.
Despite the above wear and tear, this car is built to last. Looks very handsome in it’s diamond silver paintwork and pepper pot alloys. A GTI grille adds character.
After spending money on repairs in the last two years, I won’t sell the car as I like it and it’s not worth a lot. However, it should keep me going for another few years yet.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th November, 2005