1987 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1987 Volkswagen Golf GTi 16v 1.8 from Lithuania

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired225000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres

Summary:

Cool for a beginner!

Faults:

I have changed a lot during these 2 years... from ordinary filters to suspension parts. But nothing has been done to the engine.

General Comments:

I don't like the roadholding of my GTi... I'm trying to lower the back and make the wheelbase flatter, but anyway it doesn't hold the road on corners.

Anyway I like the engine, it still goes 230 km/h... and makes the BMW 325 smell of smoke!

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

Review Date: 23rd October, 2000

1987 Volkswagen Golf C 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Good quality car but too heavy for a 1.3

Faults:

Nothing much.

General Comments:

This car looks OK although it is very heavy and the 1.3 engine is not powerful enough for it. This one only has the 4 gears, so cruising at 70 is done around 4000rpm... very comfortable and strong though. I would recommend at least a 1.6 for a mk2 golf.

It has been reliable and the dealer seems OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2000

14th Dec 2000, 16:18

The Golf is a great car... trust me, I used to own a black 4 speed 1.3c Golf. Yes it was a bit slow, but a 1.6 or a 1.8 GTi lump will slot straight in with only minor mods.

Mine had zero rust and cost only 200 quid... wish I'd never sold it. Do a few mods and you'll be chuffed...

1987 Volkswagen Golf C 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance94500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Well built, reliable and good looking

Faults:

Heater matrix needed replacing, suspected when bought due to leaking in passenger side floor.

General Comments:

Very firm, solid and reliable car. Looks good, drives smoothly.

Pedals heavy, 5 gear model more economical, not that quick due to weight, need to drive it hard to get any kind of performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2000

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

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10

Faults:

4/10 due to car now getting old;

Rear calipers seized (common problem).

Front bushes.

Exhaust manifold cracked.

Rocker cover gasket (fuel injection off job).

Rear lockwiper seized due to suck back of road dirt.

Trip computer sensors all crap.

Gearbox v. notchy.

Electric seats jammed.

General Comments:

Brilliant looking, fast as ...., and handles beautifully if lowered.

FSH is needed if you are buying one.

8v models are slow in comparison though insurance is much more on the 16v (group 15).

RECOMMENDED VERY MUCH Fun Factor 10/10.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 1998

1987 Volkswagen Golf 1.6 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.6 diesel
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Water on the floor of passenger side - caused by mechanic forgetting to replace some grommets in the engine compartment.

Sunroof handle fell off - too much abuse.

Back door locks getting stuck - replaced them.

General Comments:

Comfortable - especially for a tall chap, load of room for "stuff".

Pedals have lots of travel, especially the clutch - gives a good leg workout in traffic !

Reliable, a good work horse, but I prefer a bike (GSXR 1100) for fun !

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 1998

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