1989 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1989 Volkswagen Golf GTi 16V 1.8 16v petrol from Finland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired234000 kilometres
Most recent distance246000 kilometres

Summary:

A real bullet on fast curvy roads

Faults:

Mostly normal wear and tear parts gone bad.

Had it blow up a plug on the highway, last owner hadn't screwed the plug on correctly.

One of the instrument lamps went dead.

Leaking gasket around the sunroof.

Rear brake callipers very badly damaged by rust.

General Comments:

The car is very fun to ride fast on the track and those fast curvy roads, and handles well in all situations.

Pretty fast off the line with a 0-100 km/h time around 8 seconds. Top speed is a little over 200 km/h.

Original parts aren't too expensive, it doesn't consume as much petrol as you'd think it would.

Pretty reliable, has never left me on the road.

Chilled and simple looks on the outside, interior is maybe a little outdated, but it works fine.

Air conditioning, leather interior, power steering and sunroof are optional. Comfort could be better as the chassis is pretty stiff (but great when driving fast).

I'm pretty happy with it, and this won't be my last Volkswagen, that's for sure!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2001

1989 Volkswagen Golf G60 Limited 1.8 G60 16-valve from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 G60 16-valve Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

Outstanding

Faults:

The fan belt was on its way out and was/is available from VW Motorsport in Germany. UK dealers had no knowledge of this car, and many part numbers are not recognised on the VW UK computer.

Other than someone "nicking" the leather interior, no problems.

I do have a vibration, which suddenly appeared. It's only noticeable at 3000-3500 RPM. Either side of that and it disappears? Any ideas? Front engine mount replaced, but still hasn't cured it. Possibly the exhaust touching at that rev range???

General Comments:

Still an excellent car. One of 70 made, and believed to be one of three in the UK.

210bhp, 4x4, 0-60 in 7 seconds and a top speed of 142mph.

The ultimate Mk2 Golf.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2001

1989 Volkswagen Golf 1.6 GTD intercooler from Portugal

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 GTD intercooler Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired290000 kilometres
Most recent distance306000 kilometres

Summary:

Is a surprising car when estimated

Faults:

The direction assist "scream" when I turn the wheels.

Motor head blew at 302,000.

Brakes.

Suspension at 300,000.

General Comments:

Is fast (for the class) and it is very economic, especially because in Portugal petrol is very expensive.

However is not comfortable and is very unstable in curves.

We can go at 190Km/h and that costs us 7l/100km.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2001

1989 Volkswagen Golf 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Beats new cars hands down!

Faults:

Rear tailgate bulb.

General Comments:

A totally fantastic car! Drives like new, and I even test drove a new Ford Fiesta before this car.. this beats it hands down! My only gripe is the steering is a little heavy, but reassuring on long drives and very positive. The ride is very comfortable and quiet, and all the buttons feel like they're carved from stone.

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

Review Date: 31st March, 2001

1989 Volkswagen Golf Driver 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900i

Summary:

A very stylish and cheap first car!

Faults:

Recent change of tyres at the front.

Membrane in the passenger door has gone like wet cardboard.

Brake cable snapped up a hill, AA there in 30 minutes and fixed in 20 minutes.

General Comments:

Easy to do modifications, and look tasteful!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2001

1989 Volkswagen Golf Rallye 1.8 supercharged from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 supercharged Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance169000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf GTI

Summary:

Best second hand car you can buy

Faults:

Leaking power steering rack.

Front and rear wheel bearing.

Broken rear springs (twice).

General Comments:

Fantastic car. UK prices now reduced due to imports.

I've had 4 Golf GTI's and now will not drive anything else.

Petrol consumption high 26-28 MPG (I can get up to 38 MPG from my girlfriend's GTI 16V).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2000

1989 Volkswagen Golf Base 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles

Summary:

Budget car, but extremely reliable, safe and sound

Faults:

New sump, new starter motor, new petrol pump, new radiator, new front left brake caliper, new ball joints, new rocker gasket, new front right shock absorber in addition to the normal exhaust, tyres, brake pads/discs etc.

General Comments:

A few unrelated things have had to be replaced since I bought it (probably because the car is roughly halfway through its lifetime). However, the exterior has NO rust and is in great condition, and the interior is like new. The car really shows it is built to last - it drives like new. Regular oil and filter changes (every 3000 miles) will help this car go on to 200,000 miles plus!

This car is a bargain and although it doesn't have all the mod-cons like electric windows, central locking, power steering, airbags, sunroof, air con. etc., I don't miss them. I do know, however, that I have a car which will last for a long time. Golfs always hold their value, and although parts are expensive, they last longer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2000

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 28 reviews