1988 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1988 Volkswagen Golf GTD 1.6 diesel from Belgium

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired282000 kilometres
Most recent distance284500 kilometres
Previous carRenault 9

Summary:

Great German quality built car for all purpose

Faults:

Due to participation in Volkswagen races, and thus heavy duty, the engine was replaced by a 1.6 non-turbocharged Diesel at 160.000km.

At 283000km the car lost some oil... we had that fixed for €5 with a special product.

The syncronisation of the gearbox isn't tuned that fine anymore, so I have to shift slowly into second gear, or the gearbox makes a scraping noise.

I have a 3-door model, and the lever to put the driver's seat into a 'forward position' is missing... God knows where the lever is :)

All other things still work fine.

General Comments:

This car is really reliable, even now, when it's becoming really cold outside. I'm still surprised that the car starts without any problem every time I get into it.

When comparing to my precious car (Renault 9) I must say that it handles so much better. The grip is never seen in cars this age and mileage.

Also the legroom is great, I'm 1m85 and fit behind the drivers seat when my brother is driving, and he's almost as tall as I am.

Also the built quality is really good, but you probably figured that out looking at the mileage :)

A last thing I was surprised about is that we used the car to go on vacation, that means 4 passengers and luggage, and it all fitted into that relatively small car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2004

1988 Volkswagen Golf from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired156000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles

Summary:

A fun, reliable car at great cost

Faults:

Cosmetics.

Air controller only has 2 settings: off, high.

Windshield washer fluid reservoir leaks.

Back part of muffler fell off at 158,000 (rattled loudly for 2k miles first)

Minor rattling.

General Comments:

This car is a tank.

Very fun to drive.

Very Reliable.

If you use 91-octane gas the improved mileage outweighs the extra cost by far.

The car will probably never die.

I bought it at 156000 miles (for only $550) and put another 15000 flawless miles on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2004

1988 Volkswagen Golf C 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Nothing of this age comes close

Faults:

Badly corroded exhaust system replaced.

Brakes were fairly poor - rear cylinder leaked brake fluid meaning the cylinder and the brake shoes needed replacing.

Weight of the car meant front discs and pads needed replacing frequently

Head gasket blew after at 90,000 miles.

Glass in both front headlamps fell out!

Fuel leaks from cracked hoses.

Link in accelerator cable was worn, which caused a particularly embarrassing moment on a blind bend, however easily sorted using a few cable ties!

Wheel bearing needed to be replaced.

Engine began to periodically run very badly; would be running perfectly, then begin to splutter and choke, very often meaning the car would not go above 40mph, quite scary if this happened whilst overtaking!

General Comments:

The Golf was a bargain at £495, and, despite the problems, I really can't complain considering I did 20,000 miles in a year, mostly motorway driving.

For a fairly heavy car, the 1300 engine was surprisingly nippy, revved very well and could manage 105mph despite the 4 speed transmission.

Insurance a bit on the steep side for a 1.3 at group 7.

Built like a tank, the Golf could take absolutely anything thrown at it. A collision with a Renault which pulled out in front of me at 40mph resulted in a slight dent on my wing, and one ruined Renault!

Bodywork cannot be faulted, few cars of this age would still look so tidy and be absolutely free from corrosion.

I found the interior to be very pleasant and comfortable.

Handling is reasonable, but be careful in the wet!

I was extremely upset when the time came to get rid of the Golf; I booked the car in to several garages, none of which could find the cause of the occasional poor running, as it would run perfectly as soon as they attempted to test it! Sometimes revving the engine very hard would clear the problem temporarily.

Although the Golf had it's problems, I've never trusted a car as much before or since, am seriously considering selling my 306 for a mark 2 GTI later this year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2004

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 27 reviews