1987 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1987 Volkswagen Golf GTi 16v 1.8 injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

The ultimate hot hatch

Faults:

CV joint needed replacing at 147000.

Broken drivers door handle.

General Comments:

I had been looking to buy a Golf GTi and a friend offered me his for £500.

Looks fantastic, an example of the best hot hatch ever produced.

Responsive, very fast, solid and reliable, what more could you ask?

A future classic :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2003

1987 Volkswagen Golf GT 1.8 from Germany

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired133000 kilometres
Most recent distance241000 kilometres
Previous carAudi 80

Summary:

Fast, reliable and great mate

Faults:

Nothing at all. I just had to do the normal stuff like changing tires, oil etc...

General Comments:

With its 66 kW and only 880 kg of weight this car is not too slow and top speed lies about 190 km/h. But driving at that speed will boost up fuel consumption to about 11-12l/100 km.

Wind noises are very loud at speed over 120 km/h.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2003

1987 Volkswagen Golf C 1.6 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 kilometres
Most recent distance320000 kilometres

Summary:

You can rely on it.

Faults:

Except the usual worn out ball-joints, wheel bearing, track-rod end and shock absorbers, only the oil-pump gave up at 200000 kilometers.

Seats got worn, the handles fell off.

General Comments:

Big, roomy car.

Very economical, once on a Cherbourg - Rozvadov trip the fuel consumption was 3,9l/100 km.

As a small diesel with no turbo, the car is a bit sluggish, but climbs well.

The engine is noisy, van-like. That's why I like it so much. You know that something serious happens under the bonnet.

If I could insure it in Ireland, I would still drive it. Now my father drives it in Hungary. He loves it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2003

1987 Volkswagen Golf C 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 miles
Most recent distance119861 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

A really good car if its reliable

Faults:

Leaks on passenger side floor.

Door locks jam regularly.

Have recently had to replace the following: (at 118000 miles)

Water pump.

Radiator (good idea to get a re-conditioned one)

Timing belt.

Thermostat housing.

Rear rake pipes.

Fuel pump needs repairing.

General Comments:

A very heavy car considering that it is only a 1.3 engine, but overall it's a good car.

It is fairly stable, but watch out on emergency stops, the rear end will kick out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2003

1987 Volkswagen Golf GT from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles

Summary:

Lots of fun, fond memories

Faults:

Air conditioning went out.

Shifter linkage had problems.

Brakes needed replacing.

Alternator went out.

Driver's seat is tearing up.

General Comments:

This car is really fun to drive.

It has a lot of pep, and the handling is very tight.

Repairs are more expensive than on comparable domestic cars.

This was my first car, and I'll always have fond memories of it.

At the same time, I would not recommend this car for a teenager. It is too fast and--while maintenance would not be horrible now, I didn't have the money or time to do the little things that would have kept it in better condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2002

1987 Volkswagen Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8 injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

Great fun and so pretty

Faults:

The previous owner had lowered the suspension resulting in an awful ride quality.

New convertible roof fitted.

Alternator replaced.

General Comments:

The car needed restoration when purchased due to the neglect of previous owners.

I have fitted a Koni suspension and the car is now comfortable with great handling.

After initial repairs my Golf has been reliable and very economical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2001

1987 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Allegro

Summary:

Reliable, fun motoring with cheap insurance to boot

Faults:

Pretty much everything :)

Complete engine overhaul including piston rings, big-end bearings, valve guides. You name it...

Automatic choke is broken.

Clutch recently expired, but to be expected given the high mileage.

General Comments:

I bought the car from a man on a grass verge. His name wasn't even on the registration document. Everything turned out OK in the end though.

The engine is superb now. It pulls like anything in second gear and can out-accelerate our recent BMW 318i.

Motorway cruising is fun however fifth gear, given the designation "E", seems a bit feeble. Dropping into fourth is the only way to accelerate in the outside lane.

Brakes seem to be fine although the pipes will need replacement for the MOT.

Handling is good with typical FWD oversteer. I recommend a decent set of front tyres.

Interior has cleaned up very well and seems hard-wearing and comfortable.

Bodywork OK. Slight rust, but more a function of the way the car has been treated in the past I think.

VW parts are quite expensive. I could have got a better car had I spent another few hundred pounds. However it's running very well now and I am proud as well as pleased with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2001

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