1990 Volkswagen Golf CL 3 door 1.6 petrol from France


Economical little town car


Exhaust system had to be replaced at 179000km.

The alternator gave up service at around 210000km.

New shock absorbers at 212000km.

Had to replace rear muffler again at 230000km.

General Comments:

This was a very economical car, both to buy and, generally, to run. We mostly did city driving, getting around 8.0L/100km., and often doing 140-150kmh on the freeways would turn around 7.5L/100km. It would use around 5.5L/100km at a steady 90 kmh on B class roads. It did have problems though in that the ride, even after the new shock absorbers was extremely rough on the French roads. The dashboard would vibrate a lot too.

It was a very good little car during the time we had it, but Volkswagen obviously didn't tune its suspension for the common rough roads that you get in countries all over Europe, instead tuning the suspension for freeways.

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

Review Date: 13th January, 2005

1990 Volkswagen Golf 16 Valve GTI 16v from UK and Ireland


I still have it from new - what more can I say


I have every receipt since brand new so to long a list to write here in all the years.

Major ones - head gasket at 96000miles

New clutch (from original) at 90000 miles.

Rear dampers at 46000miles.

X2 new exhaust boxes.

Power steering pump - 76000 miles.

L electric window motor.

Rest minor irritations easily solved.

General Comments:

I have driven the Mark I to Mark V, but the Mark II is the most complete GTI EVER.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th November, 2004

5th Nov 2004, 10:44

Couldn't agree more! The Golf II was the ideal mid-size hot hatch.

1990 Volkswagen Golf driver 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Everything you need, but didn't realize


The Golf suffered from hesitation after a decent run on the motorway. Generally a miss fire or stalling. fixed by a new hot air duct from the exhaust manifold to the inlet trunk.

The dashboard started to rattle.

The Inlet heater valve kept closing at speed so the engine tried to suck oil through the breather.

General Comments:

I loved the car!

It did over 20 thousand miles with me and was going like a train when I foolishly sold it.

There was plenty of boot and back seat space.

It was quick, economic and reliable.

It was very quite on a long motorway cruise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2004

1990 Volkswagen Golf Driver 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Excellent as a second car or as a first time driver


I replaced the Pierburg carburettor with a manual Weber, as the old one was revving to high at idle, and was becoming uneconomical to run. It's worth replacing the carburettor as the car pulls so much better in 2nd and 3rd gear, and generally drives a lot better.

Replaced front disc's and pads, due to general wear and tear.

Replaced rear bushes, again due to general wear.

General Comments:

Engine is very solid, and will hopefully go for another 40,000 miles at least.

Gearbox is excellent, still very smooth and positive when changing gear.

I would recommend replacing the battery with a Silver Bosch, that you would normal fit into a TDI Golf.

The car is starting to showing it's age, as current cars are loaded with so many toys.

The external styling still cuts it, in a retro kind of way. But the internal looks very 80's with all of it's square edges and shiny black plastic.

Too small to be used as a family car, and would make an ideal shopping car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th March, 2004

1990 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1800i from UK and Ireland


I want another one


The central locking never worked. the system is pneumatic and I thought it would be too costly to repair so I lived without it. I put a back box on it and had Volkswagen set up the steering geometry. nothing else broke.

General Comments:

Words just don't do this car justice. what can you say about the original hot hatch. it set off like its tail was on fire. Started first time every time, held the road as well as you need a car to hold the road. it wasn't a formula one car, but it was 100% standard. id never have got rid of it if it hadn't been written off my an evil speeding Citroen. it did 35-40 mpg. parts were readily available and cheap. the seats were excellent, the dashboard was very well laid out. it made all the right noises. the rear subframes are weak on these cars so check the rear tire wear. also they shouldn't rust so if you find a rusty one, run away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2004