1988 Volkswagen Golf GTD 1.6 diesel from Belgium
Great German quality built car for all purpose
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.
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