1991 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.8 Carb from UK and Ireland
The Black Beast!
Engine replaced at 128 000 for an identical engine with 29 000 on the clock (N.B although was still fully functional, was just a little noisy!)
New engine mounts.
Several wheel bearings replaced.
+ usual consumables.
The Golf is an amazing car and for such an old design handles particularly well. The addition of 15 inch Corrado alloys has further improved the car's road manners.
Despite the carburettor problems, when well tuned the car is seriously quick and has plenty of low down torque as well as top end end power. For example third gear will pull quite happily from 20 mph right up to the red line at 90 mph!
The body work is showing its age with a few spots of corrosion beginning to emerge, but these are only very minor. Overall, it is still a solid and sturdy car to drive that really does not feel 12 years old.
The only times I remember it letting me down have been due to human error (normally mine), and considering the fact I did well over 20 000 miles in the last 9 months, I've been impressed to say the least.
I certainly have no intentions of selling it in the imminent future.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th March, 2003