1987 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1987 Volkswagen Golf GLS 1.8 gas fuel injection from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 gas fuel injection Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carTriumph TR7

Summary:

Cheap, fun and reliable motor

Faults:

Alternator died at 95000 miles.

Fuel pump went down at 110000 miles (old age).

General Comments:

The car has held up to seventeen years of abuse on NYC streets (potholes) with only regular maintenance such as shocks and bushes.

Has pretty good fuel economy on long journeys.

Headlining came unstuck so is held up with thumb tacks.

Seats very comfy for long journeys.

Although cabin is quite noisy.

Performance is a little slow with auto gearbox. Handling is well balanced and fun, despite painfully slow automatic.

But for a cheap old motor she runs reliably and inexpensively.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2004

1987 Volkswagen Golf gti16v 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance179000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Best hot hatch ever

Faults:

Oil sender switch leaked oil.

Fuel pump relay broke.

Cam chain rattled badly.

Drivers seat has worn.

Speedo cable snapped.

Dreaded rear calipers ceased.

Limited rust on rear arches.

Heater matrix blew.

General Comments:

I bought this car from a sleazy back street garage for £450. The Golf struggled to start and leaked more oil than it used petrol. As I drove off I could see the mechanics laughing to each other thinking they'd got the better of me.

However after a closer inspection the oil leak was traced to a faulty oil pressure switch (replaced for just £3) and the starting problems to a blown lift pump relay (another £3).

Wow what a car! I used to own a 8v Gti and thought it was quick, but this was in a different league. Thankfully the suspension and brakes were also up to the task.

I would not recommend this car as a motorway cruiser. Its way too loud, the gearing is too low (4000rpm - 80mph), and the ride/seats too harsh.

This is a b-road machine, little can keep up with it in the country lanes.

Unfortunately mine got stolen and used in an armed robbery. Apparently my old Golf out-run several t5 volvo's during a city wide police chase and was only halted by a stinger! Look out for it on Police Camera Action or whatever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2004

1987 Volkswagen Golf GT 4 Cylinder turbo Charged from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 Cylinder turbo Charged Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 kilometres
Most recent distance178000 kilometres

Summary:

A sporty and economical bargain

Faults:

Bottom edges of doors are rusting.

Tail-gate is rusting around window moldings.

The front passenger and drivers seats are tearing.

Slight leaking of radiator coolant.

General Comments:

This is still a great car after many years on the road.

It is not built for large/tall drivers and passengers.

The car is very quick and easy to park.

In a pinch it provides lots of cargo space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2004

1987 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance179000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

German at its finest

Faults:

Exhaust Replacement.

Radiator Hose Replacement.

Bypass Hose Replacement.

General Comments:

After only having this car for a year, I can say much about it. I bought the car in excellent condition and it has stayed that way. This is a great example of German craftsmanship. It can be quite small at times having rather large people in the car, but besides that, it is comfortable. It will zip around pretty quickly when I need it to also. The clutch is a bit long, but that is no problem at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2003

1987 Volkswagen Golf c 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance73500 miles

Summary:

Tough, solid beast that will last forever!

Faults:

Exhaust squeaks a little, but this is just some rubber rings that came off.

One of the dash board lights gone out.

Blower setting 3 does not work, but setting 1 and 2 does.

General Comments:

I like Mk2 Golf's because the classic shape has changed very little today.

While some people report golf's to be slow, I find this one rather quick after changing oil and air filter.

Unlike the polo I last owned, this car is just glued to the road (solid).

The brakes are sharp and controlled.

A slightly boring interior, but it's not too bad.

This car has never let me down, in fact there is nothing I can really fault about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2003

1987 Volkswagen Golf Syncro 1.8 GT from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 GT Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance192000 kilometres
Previous carYugo 55

Summary:

Proof of German cars are one of the best!

Faults:

Rear wiper motor recently

Exhaust needs change

Fuel distributor needed fine tuning.

General Comments:

One of best cars I ever drove.

Masterpiece of German engineering.

Bought it in Switzerland and it caries Rabbit snow fan sign on the back.

Powerful engine and good acceleration, goes to 100km/h in less than 10sec.

Good handling, good power and fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2003

12th Apr 2006, 20:42

Hello. I own a 1990 Volkswagen Golf Syncro GT as well. It is a special edition, it says special on the side. The first time I ever did a 0-60 mph run was in this car and I got 10.14 seconds. The car is oak green 2 door with a GTi interior. It gets 40 MPG and has 200,000 km on it. It was imported from Germany to Canada where I live 2 years ago, and hasn't had any problems. I love the incredible handling of my car, and I'm glad to see you enjoy yours as much as I do. I have a website on Cardomain; please read it if you are interested. The address is:

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2207701/1991-volkswagen-golf

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 29 reviews