1990 Volkswagen Golf L 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland


Reasonable motoring, but at a cost


I bought a new Golf in August 1990 because I wanted a bigger and better car than my previous car, an 87E Polo.

It was good for long journeys, but it was only the base 1.3 engine so the performance was nothing special.

For the first two years, the Golf gave good service.

General Comments:

But then came a phase where the car was cutting out and a fault occured with the suspension. I was told that it would cost £250 to repair because the warranty had finished. But I decided to sell it and to save money bought a Polo 1.3 CL.

The Polo lasted more than five years, but really got on my nerves.

The Golf was a reasonably good car, but it wasn't worth the money and didn't last as long as it should have done.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2004

1990 Volkswagen Golf GTi 16V 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Quality affordable motoring at a good price


Power steering pump gave up at about 123k.

CV boots have split once since owning the car.

Exhaust mounting has corroded.

General Comments:

Considering this car is 13 years old, I'm not going to complain.

Its absolutely fantastic and from going from Ford to Volkswagen, I am converted.

The car is reasonably quick and drives mint, as it has full history etc and is in extremely good condition. If you buy a decent one, I guarantee you'll look forward to getting in it - every time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2003

1990 Volkswagen Golf Driver 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Solid dependable workhorse


No major faults to speak of, some minor ones..

On cold days the car starts and promptly dies. Waiting a minute and starting it means it then goes fine for the rest of the day!

Expansion tank cap seal perforated - sprayed coolant all over the bonnet when hot!

2nd gear synchromesh getting a bit clunky, especially on cold mornings. Might try synthetic gear oil.

Tracking needed adjusting - 8 degree toe in.

Starter motor sometimes reluctant to do anything.

Seal on drivers door started leaking, making the footwell a fish tank.

General Comments:

Overall a very solid and reliable car.

Changed oil every 5000 miles on all the Golfs I have had and never had a serious engine problem. These cars just want to live forever!

Performance is adequate - can be quick enough if pushed hard, but can also return 44 mpg if gently coaxed. Lots of low end torque (for a 13 year old car).

Handling is good - not a good as the GTI, but still sticks to the road well and never feels jittery or unpredictable.

VW build quality and over-engineering certainly shine through.

These cars don't depreciate like their Astra or Escort competition and still fetch good money 2nd hand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2003

8th Oct 2003, 18:08

I think that this review is bang on! Having recently purchased a mk2 (Driver 1.6, Red - has to be!!) I was thrilled to read about someone calling it something other than an old banger. Having driven far more modern cars than the mk2, I still think that it drives and handles far better than all of them! It is great fun on B-roads and although struggles a bit up steeper hills there is plenty of power from the engine which, at 66,000 miles, is still teething! Not bad for a thirteen year old car!

1990 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.8 8v from UK and Ireland


The classic hot-hatch


Rear brake calipers seized and were replaced at 100,000 miles. Usually need freeing off at MOT time

Head gasket went at 149,000 miles.

Rear axle bushes have worn badly and need replacing, but it's an expensive job due to the amount of labour time.

Rear hatch has rusted around the wash/wipe and number plate lights.

The VW inner door seals are rubbish and have let a lot of water in, until I made my own which are a lot better.

General Comments:

This is the best car I have owned (and the most expensive) but I really like the solid feeling of the car. It has a nice amount of power and handling even at 150,000miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2003