1988 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.8L from North America
Yet another satisfied VW customer
First off, yes, the car has 594 k miles on the odometer. that said, I bought this car at a lien sale with the speedometer cable missing so it has more miles than listed :). Bought it with the heater core leaking like a sieve, needing a tune up, severely faded paint, needing all 4 struts, missing the radio and the heater controls, and the seat belt lock on the drivers side. It also has a large dent in the passenger side front fender. The ignition switch is also worn and needs replaced. starting is a matter of getting it started and hitting the right spot to keep it running.
I paid $400 for this car on the novelty of the miles it has :) (VW rep asked me if I wanted to do a commercial heh). lacking the funds to immediately fix the problems, I simply made the car "usable" in that I cut the hoses going to the heater core and joined them to allow for proper water circulation, did a tune up (cap, rotor, plugs, air and fuel filter). It starts reliably and runs as well as can be expected with a car with so many miles... pickup is a chore, but she cruises highway speeds admirably and gets decent gas mileage. This is a daily driver for work while slowly restoring it :). I love the car and everyone here just shakes their head when they see the odometer. This is my 6th vw (several gas rabbits, several cabriolets, 1 66 beetle and 1 diesel rabbit.) I love vdubs, you just can't keep them buried :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th April, 2007