1989 Volkswagen Golf 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland
Good, solid performer
Two new front tires were fitted just before I bought it.
Exhaust needed completely replaced at around 108000 miles.
Driver seat is well-worn: to be expected for a car of this age.
Gear-box packed in at 115000 miles. I'm told Volkswagen don't make 4-speed gear boxes for the Golf any longer so unless I find one from scrap, the car's off the road for good.
I bought a Golf because I heard it was a reliable second-hand car. I think this was borne out. I only paid a reasonably small amount of money for the car and, other than replacing the exhaust, I've had no other major outlay on the car: it's been a good buy.
It's a fairly plain car, but it has more punch than the 309 I previously owned, especially when fully loaded (even with the same-sized, relatively small engine).
Does the job as a 'runaround' car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th July, 2003
6th Apr 2004, 05:30
Reconditioned exchange 4 Speed gear boxes are still available. My sister got one fitted by a company called Mc Volks in Westcott, Buckinghamshire. They provide excellent service and incredibly cheap rates hence their long waiting list. Apparently, the 4 speed boxes were never as good as the 5 speeds, and usually pack up at around 90,000 miles.